A financial literacy pilot program to teach families at R.H. Dana Elementary School about personal financial management and budgeting has been deemed a success and will now be offered on a permanent basis, Orange County United Way announced this week.

As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, when many service industry workers were impacted the most, OC United Way launched the pilot program through a partnership with the City of Dana Point and the Capistrano Unified School District in 2021 with the intention of helping 100 South Orange County families.

“We knew that there was need across the county and we do a lot of programming across all of Orange County, but there hadn’t been a financial wellness program like this in South County,” OC United Way President and CEO Sue Parks said.