I believe that money is neither good nor evil but what matters is what you choose to do with it. Having expendable financial capital gives social workers the power and freedom to fund legislative action, live more fully into our ethics, create generational wealth that transforms our families and communities, and gives social workers the breathing space to donate to charitable organizations that are doing the work that make a true difference in our communities. As Martin Luther King Jr. shared, "Privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily... We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."
These non-hierarchical gatherings will give everyone a compassionate space to hold themselves accountable to their dreams and giving goals. It will also give everyone a chance to share tools and resources that they've found that revolve around budgeting and investing, financial literacy, podcasts, magazine articles, personal finance blogs, psychological and emotional wellbeing, and relevant books.
I believe that as our financial savvy increases, our anti-oppression advocacy will result in tangible changes to toxic and harmful systems. I look forward to joining alongside you and creating a just and equitable world.
The first gathering will center around introductions, establishing group norms, creating financial and giving goals, and preparing for our second gathering to discuss the book, We Should All Be Millionaires by Rachel Rodgers.
Salomé Valencia-Bohné, MA, MSW, LSWAIC uses she/her/ella pronouns and was born and raised in Yakima, WA. In 2019, she graduated from the University of Washington’s MSW program with a concentration in Health/Mental Health. Dedicated to investing in the clinical social work field, Salomé is a member of many clinical social work and Latiné societies and is a strong activist within her community. She is currently the President of the Coalition of Healthcare Social Workers and the President of the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work. She runs a successful business geared towards creating equitable community supports.
Thank you to our sponsor The Rivers Wellness and Advocacy Foundation for making this group available and affordable for all.