Delaware Today is proud to donate a portion of the ticket sales to a nonprofit organization that makes a positive difference for the people living in Delaware. This year’s beneficiary is $tand By Me®.

A coalition of community partners, led by the State of Delaware and United Way of Delaware

$tand By Me® is a statewide financial empowerment program that provides every Delawarean with an opportunity to meet with their own personal financial coach. This program is a priority of Governor Jack Markell and a joint project of the State and United Way of Delaware. $tand By Me® offers an array of innovative services, free of charge to consumers. This includes: personal financial coaching on topics such as managing debt, understanding credit, budgeting, savings, investing, etc; consumer friendly financial services (for loans, savings and transactions); college access services including financial planning for college and help with financial aid and student loan debt; and referrals to community programs that specialize in specific financial topics, such as debt consolidation, home ownership, investing, bankruptcy, and foreclosure assistance.

For starters, you can get your free tri-merged credit report with scores and a coach to help you understand it.

For more information and to schedule an appointment, visit the website and check out their Facebook page for activities and events related to financial empowerment.

$tand By Me® works with over 50 community and business partners and has served over 4,000 Delawareans since it started in 2011.