Financial Resources for Mason County Residents

Local Banks and Banking Resources

 Anchor Bank (Bank On Mason)

www.anchorbank.com

 
Columbia Bank (Bank On Mason)

www.columbiabank.org

 
Heritage Bank

www.heritagebankwaonline2.com/home/home


 
Key Bank

www.key.com

 
Kitsap Credit Union (Bank On Mason)

www.kitsapcu.org

 
Olympia Federal Savings

www.olyfed.com

 
Our Community Credit Union

www.ourcu.com

 
Peninsula Credit Union (Bank On Mason)

www.pcfcu.org

 
Bank On Washington

www.bankonwashington.org


Use this website to locate free or low-cost second chance banking institutions throughout Washington State.

 
Resources in Mason County


Asset Building Coalition of Mason County


www.abcmasoncounty.org

 ABC Mason offers financial education classes, financial mentoring, information about free tax preparation, and second chance banking through the Bank On Mason program.  Upcoming ABC Mason classes and events are listed on the website. 

 
Community Action Council

www.caclmt.org

 Community Action Council offers programs to lessen the impacts of poverty. This agency offers seasonal energy assistance, emergency food, home weatherization and much more.

 
Crossroads Housing

www.crossroads-housing.net


 Crossroads Housing provide guidance, safe temporary housing, and comprehensive case management, as well as referrals to other agencies providing related specialized care. Crossroads assists families and individuals who are experiencing setbacks possibly due to job loss, loss of income, catastrophic medical bills, or family break-ups.

 
Enterprise for Equity

www.enterpriseforequity.org


 Enterprise for Equity offers business planning, technical assistance and support services to help people increase their income, confidence and financial security. Enterprise for Equity is uniquely qualified to support entrepreneurs with limited-incomes in the development of their business. If you want to start your own business, this agency is a great resource.

 
Faith in Action

www.faiws.org


 Faith in Action supports independent living for seniors and those living with disabilities.

Services include:

Rides to doctors, stores, and appointments.

Friendly visits and calls.

Light housework, chores, and yard work.

Respite care.

Minor home repairs.

Limited crisis financial assistance for heating, medications, rent, and food.

Clothing, furniture, and other necessities to seniors and disabled individuals in need.

Free durable medical equipment "lent" to anyone in need.

Educational classes and seminars in areas of interest to seniors and their caregivers.

 
Habitat for Humanity

www.habitatmasonwa.org

Habitat for Humanity of Mason County is a faith-based housing ministry partnering with the community to improve, maintain and build affordable quality housing for those in need.

 
North Mason Resources

www.nmresources.org

North Mason Resources provides a location for current and future services and resources in one place for those who are educationally, economically, physically or otherwise challenged, in partnership with other service providers.

• Affordable Care Act (Health Care signups)

• Behavioral Health Resources (BHR)

• Dental Hygienist (Preventative Dental Svcs.)

• Direct Lifeline Mobile Phone Service

• Department of Social and Health Services

• Family Partnership Nurse

• Hispanic (Guatemalan) translation services

• Mason County Homeless Advocate

• Mason County Prescription Assistance Program

• Mental Health Professionals LLC (referrals through Mason County Veterans' Court)

• NMR Resource Coordinators (ALL issues!)

• Northwest Childrens Outreach drop off and pick up site

• Olympic College

• PATH (Projects in Transition for Homeless)

• Veteran Services through DAV, VA, American Legion, and VFW

• SNAP (WA) food assistance program help

• Visiting County Nurse

 
Sound Learning

www.soundlearning.co

Sound Learning offers adult students classroom instruction and coordinate tutoring groups in a variety of subject areas, including reading, math, writing, computer and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

 
United Way of Mason County

www.unitedwaymasonco.org

United Way of Mason County offers the community great volunteer opportunities and raises money for local health and human services.

 
Washington Information Network 2-1-1

www.win211.org

2-1-1 is a local hotline that has a data base of services offered throughout Washington State. If you are having trouble finding the help or services you need, this is a great place to call.

 
Budgeting

 
Balance

www.balancepro.net

Balance is a financial education and counseling service committed to helping individuals take control of their finances and reach their goals. On this site, you’ll find information about how you can master your money. This website also has a financial education center for articles on a wide variety of credit and financial topics, and a full suite of other online tools and resources.

 
Dave Ramsey

www.daveramsey.com

This website offers sound advice and creative ideas for paying off debt, budgeting, saving, and retirement.

 
Mint

www.mint.com

 

This website is an acclaimed online budgeting tool. It also offers advice about credit and saving.

 
My Money

www.mymoney.gov

This is a great government resource for financial information of all kinds including identity protection, budgeting, saving, retirement, student financial aid, and teaching children about money.

 
Schwab Moneywise

www.schwabmoneywise.com/public/moneywise/calculators_tools/budgeting_tools

This website offers budgeting tools, ideas for teaching kids about money, ideas for saving, advice for home buying, mortgage refinancing, and much more.

 
Credit Report and Credit Monitoring

 
Annual Credit Report

www.annualcreditreport.com   

 Access your annual credit report for free at this website.

 
Credit Karma

www.creditkarma.com

This is a free credit monitoring service that tracks your Equifax and Transunion credit reports and gives you an estimate of your credit scores.

 
Credit Sesame


www.creditsesame.com

This is a free credit monitoring service that tracks your Experian credit report and give you an estimate of your credit score.

 
Your Credit Score

www.consumerfed.org/elements/www.consumerfed.org/file/finance/yourcreditscore.pdf

This is an informational document that will help you understand what your credit score is and how it affects you financially.

 
Community Information

 
Shelton Chamber of Commerce

www.sheltonchamber.org

Shelton Chamber of Commerce has a great community calendar that can keep you up to date on free and low-cost community events in the Shelton area.

 
North Mason Chamber of Commerce

www.northmasonchamberofcommerce.org
 
North Mason Chamber of Commerce has a great community calendar that can keep you up to date on free and low-cost community events in the Belfair area.

 

 Employment and Job Training

 
City of Shelton

​http://www.ci.shelton.wa.us/departments/employment/job_announcements.php

This website will allow you to see current job opportunities with the City of Shelton.

 
 Mason County

www.co.mason.wa.us/human_resources/jobs/index.php


This website will allow you to see current job opportunities with Mason County.

 
USA Jobs

www.usajobs.gov

USA Jobs is a resource to find government jobs throughout the United States.

 
WorkSource Mason

www.wa.gov/esd/ws/mason


WorkSource offers many resources for job seekers including local job listings, career advice, interview prep, and work related classes.

 
Financial Education Games and Resources for Kids

 
Biz Kids

www.bizkids.com

Biz Kids have many creative and funny videos about financial topics. Great resource for adults, as well.

 
Financial Entertainment


www.financialentertainment.org

This website offers free online financial education games for kids.

 
PBS Kids: It’s My Life

http://pbskids.org/itsmylife/money/index.html

This website offers free online financial education games for kids.

 
Practical Money Skills for Life

www.practicalmoneyskills.com/games/


This website offers advice for parents for teaching children about money and free online financial education games for kids.

 
Monetta Mutual Funds Educational Games

www.monetta.com/educational-games.html

This website offers free online financial education games for kids.

 
U.S. Mint Games for Kids


www.usmint.gov/kids/games/

This website offers free online financial education games for kids.

 
Washington State Department of Financial Institutions Games for Kids

www.dfi.wa.gov/financial-education/games-kids

This website offers free online financial education games for kids.

 
 Government

 
City of Shelton

www.ci.shelton.wa.us

 

Mason County

 http://www.co.mason.wa.us 

 
Online Guide to Government Information Services

 www.usa.gov

 
Higher Education and Student Financial Aid

 
FASFA

https://fafsa.ed.gov/

This is the official website for applying for student financial aid.

 
Federal Student Aid


https://studentloans.gov/   


You can use this website to look up information about your student loan and apply for student loan repayment programs.

 
Olympic College

www.olympic.edu  

Olympic College is a community college located in Bremerton that also has a campus in Shelton.

 
South Puget Sound Community College

www.spscc.edu   

South Puget Sound Community College is located in Olympia, with an additional campus in Lacey.

 
The Evergreen State College

www.evergreen.edu


The Evergreen State College is a four-year liberal arts college located in Olympia.

 
Housing

 
Crossroads Housing

www.crossroads-housing.net

Crossroads Housing provide guidance, safe temporary housing, and comprehensive case management, as well as referrals to other agencies providing related specialized care. Crossroads assists families and individuals who are experiencing setbacks possibly due to job loss, loss of income, catastrophic medical bills, or family break-ups.

 
Housing Search Northwest

www.housingsearchnw.org

Housing Search Northwest is a free resource to help you find a home in the state of Washington that fits your needs and budget.

 

Turning Pointe Domestic Violence Shelter

www.turningpointe.org  

Turning Point is an emergency domestic violence shelter located in Shelton.


​Reviews.com - Finding Homeowner's Insurance


www.reviews.com/homeowners-insurance/

 
Identity Theft Protection and Consumer Protection

 
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

www.consumerfinance.gov

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a U.S. government agency that makes sure banks, lenders, and other financial companies treat you fairly. If you think a financial institution has treated you unfairly, you can report your experience at this website.

 
Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information

www.consumer.ftc.go

The FTC works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop and avoid them. You can report a consumer complaint at this website.

 
Federal Trade Commission: Taking Charge

www.ftc.gov/idtheft  

This book will guide you through the steps you need to take and who you need to talk to if your identity is stolen.


Legal Assistance

 
Northwest Justice Project

www.nwjustice.org

Northwest Justice Project provides critical civil legal assistance and representation to low-income people in cases affecting basic human needs such as family safety and security, housing preservation, protection of income, access to health care, education and other basic needs. 

 
Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services

www.tcvls.org

Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services provides free legal advice and information for civil (non-criminal) matters to low-income residents of Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties.  

 

Taxes

 
My Free Taxes

www.myfreetaxes.com

This is a free tax preparation service provided in partnership of the IRS, H&R Block, and United Way. Can be used by individuals making $50,000 or less per year.

 
IRS

www.irs.gov

This is the official IRS informational site for all information about Federal Income Tax.


Public Assistance

 

 DSHS

www.dshs.wa.gov

 Apply for public assistance at this website.


Health Insurance

 
Washington Health Plan Finder

www.wahealthplanfinder.org

At this website you can apply for Apple Health Coverage or shop for a health plan.  


Medicare Advantage - Prescription drug assistance for Washington State


https://www.medicareadvantage.com/prescription-drug-assistance#WA


Medicare - Low-Income Subsidy eligibility


https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Eligibility-and-Enrollment/LowIncSubMedicarePresCov/EligibilityforLowIncomeSubsidy.html


Medicaid - Information on prescription drug coverage options


https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/prescription-drugs/index.html



 

Retirement

 
AARP

www.aarp.org/retirement/

AARP is a membership organization for seniors

 
Social Security

www.ssa.gov

At this official website, you can request a social security card, see how much you have paid into your Social Security, and estimate your retirement benefits.Type your paragraph here.