Volunteers Needed: Making Cent$ of Life After College Event

This ever-popular annual event is scheduled for Wednesday, November 2 and your help is needed!  Come join the fun for a one or two hour shift, or any time frame that works for you.

Employees may volunteer during work hours with prior approval from their supervisor.

Contact Kevin Sutton, Making Cents Coordinator, at kevin.sutton@oneonta.edu or x3021 to register as a volunteer.

To accommodate student schedules, the event will be held during two separate time frames:  10am-2pm and 4pm-6pm.

Faculty and staff volunteers are needed in a broad array of areas ranging from greeting students  to assisting at topic-based tables.  No prior experience is required for most volunteer positions; we will provide you with everything you need to know!

Here’s how it works:

  • Students receive a “salary” in play money based on their projected career path and anticipated geographic location.
  • They then proceed through a series of simulation stations to consider their monthly expenses and make appropriate budgeting decisions. Stations include student loan repayment, housing, utilities, transportation, food, health and wellness, entertainment, credit card debt and many more.
  • After visiting all the tables and constructing a realistic budget, there is a de-briefing where the student is counseled to review budgeting decisions to maximize their available funds.

The goal of the event is for students to discover how to meet their expenses and live within the confines of their salary.  Along the way, staff will be available to assist and empower them to make smart financial decisions.  In previous years, students have found this event to be an enlightening and somewhat startling first exposure to the financial realities of life after college.

Faculty are encouraged to bring their classes to the event, assign participation for class credit, or promote participation as an opportunity to learn important life skills.