"Small Steps for Big Change"
Our mission is to inspire, encourage, and pursue the high possibilities of potential in others through the elimination of financial barriers by taking small steps for big change.
- The official launch of the new public service Financial Navigators is announced to the general public.
- New public service Financial Navigators begins to provide customize guidance to help residents identify programs that can assist them in managing personal financial issues, identify immediate action steps to manage expenses, and make referrals to other services such as eviction relief, food scarcity and employment.
- City of Richmond is selected by Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund), to receive funding for a free service to help residents navigate critical financial issues in response to the COVID-19.
- COVID-19 Epidemic impacted City Hall services to the public, along with the country and the world, due to lockdown to prevent the epidemic from spreading.
- Treasurer's Office continues to provide free Notary Services while many other business are closed to the public.
- Financial Empowerment Steering Committee Kickoff to begin forming teams to build a Financial Empowerment Center to provide free one-on-one financial counseling through the OFE. Attendance included representation from city officials, city leaders, several non-profits including Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund managing this grant opportunity.
- Awarded Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund Planning Grant to develop the City of Richmond's first Financial Empowerment Center.
- Partnered with Mayor's Youth Academy to host a high school summer intern in support of workforce development initiative.
- Welcomed another summer intern as part of the Mayor’s Fellows Program and our continued commitment to workforce development.
- Established an updated online presence for our office on the new City of Richmond website.
- Hosted the Inaugural Citywide Financial Literacy Fair that included financial counselors, vendors, giveaways, refreshments, raffles and onsite financial literacy educational workshops. Richmond city residents could earn chances at prizes by attending workshops on budgeting, savings and banking 101. City officials including the mayor were be present and shuttle service was available from GRTC at the Arthur Ashe Center parking throughout the day. The event was well-received by the community and our office greatly looks forward to putting on the fair again in the future. Check back on our website for more details!
- Promoted DMV Connect and the Real ID Campaign that is scheduled to impact domestic airline travelers without a valid passport.
- Announced official date of Inaugural Financial Literacy Fair for April 5, 2019 during Financial Literacy month.
- Established partnership with Bryant & Stratton by hosting an intern for the Winter 2019 Semester. This partnership contributes to the Treasurer’s commitment toward workforce development.
- Participated in training with United Way on Tax Preparation in order to provide citizens more assistance during tax season.
- Hosted a Financially Thankful Series to share financial tips with the community via social media. This series featured local community leaders sharing personal financial tips for which they are thankful.
- Launched Stop Elder Abuse campaign with promotional support from the community including GRTC and other community leaders.
- Presented Treasurer's Report at the Sept. 4th City Council's Organizational Development Meeting.
Launched effort to educate seniors and homeowners on knowing their rights from predatory lenders.
- Streamlined automation of criminal juror checks process by partnering with the Department of Finance.
- Financial Empowerment Board Committees and Committee Chairs announced.
- Presented Financial Readiness to 28 youth at the Richmond Technical Center.
- Selected Financial Empowerment Board members.
- Created SOPs for duties performed in office.
- Wrote a letter in support of Sheriff Irving's application to the CVS Safer Communities Program, which required written support from an elected official. Subsequently, the Opioid Epidemic Prevention Drug Collection Unit was awarded to Sheriff Irving's Office and successfully installed in the Richmond City Justice Center in July 2018.
- Enhanced Controls with monthly deposits.
- Postage cost savings for bulk mailings.
- Taught first Financial Literacy Class on "Savings."
- Established City Treasurer's site on city's website.
- Implemented electronic records for enhanced efficiency and improved controls.
- Established Customer Service Policy for the Treasurer's office.
- Automated check distribution process.
Launched New Tax Referral Service.
On Friday, April 5, 2019 from 10 am - 3:30 pm the City Treasurer's Office proudly held the Inaugural Financial Literacy Fair in the lobby of City Hall. Richmond city residents could earn chances at prizes by attending workshops on budgeting, savings and banking 101. Financial counselors were available during the fair to talk through questions and issues individually with attendees.
The event included remarks from the Mayor, Treasurer and other city officials. City departments, GRTC and other organizations had tables with information and resources available to give residents confidence in their financial decisions. Refreshments were included and transportation to the event was made possible via shuttle buses.
The purpose of this fair was to empower the citizens of Richmond to take control of their finances and begin the initial steps needed to build personal wealth. This financial literacy fair was a step by our office toward achieving our mission of inspiring, encouraging and pursuing the highest possibilities of potential in others through the elimination of financial barriers.
In October of 2018 the City Treasurer's Office and Financial Empowerment Board launched the Stop Elder Abuse campaign with promotional support from the community including GRTC and other leaders. This campaign is focused on spreading information about the ways in which seniors can be better protected against common financial scams in areas such as identity theft and reverse mortgages. It is important to learns how to navigate the current environment which is primed for predatory sales tactics. Resources are available to help you identify these scams and find the financial products which are in your best interest.