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(Macomb, Illinois, September 27, 2021) – Thanks to ongoing partnerships with local organizations, Western Illinois Regional Council-Community Action Agency (WIRC-CAA) will once again host a budgeting class that is free and open to the public. One class will be held in Macomb and another in Galesburg.

During the two-hour class, attendees will learn about basic money management, how to design a budget, and how to track their progress. Instruction for each class will be provided by Tessa Hobbs-Curley, who is an experienced Family Life Extension Educator at University of Illinois Extension.

Pizza and refreshments will be provided to all participants during the class. Out of concern for the safety of all attendees, masks will be required when participants are not actively eating.

WIRC-CAA Public Relations Manager Jamie Roth said that this class was requested by people the agency serves. “Our Community Services department sends out a survey to people who are assisted through WIRC-CAA, and this class is something that has been requested year after year,” said Roth. “Budgeting is a valuable skill that can help people feel empowered.”

After 90 days, participants will have the opportunity to review their progress one-on-one with the instructor. “This will be a great opportunity for people to get feedback about their specific situation,” said Roth. To reward their hard work, participants who attend and participate in the first class and the follow-up class may qualify for a $25 Wal-Mart gift card.

The class in Macomb will be held on Monday, October 18, 2021 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Village at Wheeler Clubhouse, 1641 East Wheeler Circle. The follow-up class will be held on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at the same time and location.

The Galesburg class will be held on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Knox County United Way Meeting Room, 1215 Monmouth Boulevard. The follow-up class will be held at the same time and location on Thursday, January 20, 2022.

To register for either budgeting class, call WIRC-CAA at (309) 837-2997.

WIRC-CAA provides a wide range of social service programs for people in need, including a food pantry, clothing center, energy assistance program, and more. For more information, visit, find the agency on social media, or call their office at (309) 837-2997.

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