Ruth Schriefer

Family Living Educator
Iowa County

ruth.schriefer@wisc.edu



Financial Security Work:

In January 2019, the Community Development & Human Development Extension Educators in Iowa County developed a financial education survey with the cooperation of a partner agency from Dodgeville and learned that:

  • 47% of respondents don’t always feel they have control over their day-to-day or month-to-month finances
  • 56% don’t know if they would have a cushion for on unexpected expense or emergency
  • 42% don’t feel they have the flexibility to have money for occasional extra spending
  • 60% are not sure they would be able to meet a financial goal
  • More than half of respondents would like to learn more about managing their money, saving their money, investing their money, and protecting their money.  About one-third of respondents want to know more about making money and accessing retirement accounts with minimal tax consequences. 
  • 60% of respondents selected 3 or more of the 8 topics to learn about
  • 80% of respondents are interested in attending in-person classes on these topics

The data indicates that Iowa County families have financial resources but many of them are also facing challenges. They are also eager to learn. Schriefer’s primary work in Iowa County will focus on responding to those interests and needs related to financial well-being with education and partnerships that intended to enhance the ability of individuals and families to manage their resources and support their families.