With difficult financial times affecting millions of Americans, fighting the economic downturn has become increasingly difficult. Credit card debt, foreclosures, furloughs, unemployment and layoffs have hit the Baltimore region hard as well, but the Baltimore County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority hopes to make life easier for community residents with “Getting Financially Fit,” a six-part workshop series to help attendees increase wealth. The workshop series is free and open to the public.

Jennifer Matthews, chair of the Economic Development Committee for BCAC said, “We want to positively affect the negative and stressful financial situations many families and individuals are currently experiencing. Many people do not have adequate savings and resources to fall back on during hard times.”

The workshop series will address becoming financially fit through topics such as financial awareness, getting rid of debt, increasing credit scores, financial smarts, real estate, taxes, and more.

The six free workshops will be held at the Randallstown Community Center located at 3505 Resource Drive, Randallstown, Md., from 6:30-8 p.m., and refreshments will be served. The first session entitled “Getting Started: How Financially Fit Are You” kicked off Oct. 19. The second session, “Getting Rid of Your Debt” is Nov. 23.

The sorority chapter is also preparing for the BCAC Third Annual Entrepreneurship Expo, tentatively scheduled for March 2011. The event provides resources for anyone looking to start a small business or earn extra money from home.

For more information, contact Brenda Lane Oliver at 410-292-6336 or visit bcacdeltas.org.