Taking Care of Ourselves in a Challenging Time

Let's get our money right - and our heads right! - in 2022.

Taking Care of Ourselves in a Challenging Time

Let's get our money right - and our heads right! - in 2022.

Below you’ll find the workshops that UHW currently offers to members. We’re always adding more, so check back regularly for updates. Have an idea for a workshop we aren’t offering yet? Let us know!

Keeping Our Kids Safe Online
Young people are incredibly tech-savvy – probably moreso than us! But that doesn’t mean they’re experienced enough to avoid online hazards such as identity theft, loss of privacy, and cyber-bullying. This workshop covers online privacy tips, managing computer settings, smartphone apps, and positive online behavior.
Tuesday, January 18, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

There’s an Urgency in Emergency: Acknowledging and Addressing the Overwhelmed State of the Emergency Department
The focus of this gathering is to create space for the voices, needs and concerns of workers in the Emergency Department to take center stage and be amplified. We will also share tips for how to manage overwhelm in an incredibly stressful situation.
Wednesday, January 19, 6pm – 7:30pm

How to Create a Budget and Stick to it
Does your paycheck seem to vanish the minute you get it? It can be tough, but creating a monthly budget – and sticking to it! – will save you money in the long run. In this workshop, you will learn how to create a budget that makes sense for your lifestyle, as well as the skills and tools that will help you keep on track so you can achieve your financial goals.
Wednesday, January 19, 6pm – 8pm

Tips for Staying Sane While Caring for Elderly Relatives
Caring for our elders is an admirable commitment. But let’s be real. It can also be tiresome. Let’s take a collective deep breath and pause to check whether we are taking care of ourselves enough, and to explore ways how we can do better, even as we care for others. You’ll leave this gathering feeling refreshed and revitalized with tips and tools to help you honor what you need to live well.
Thursday, January 20, 6pm – 7:30pm

What’s a Living Trust? What about a Will? Do I Need One?
If we don’t plan for it, we run the risk of leaving our families with confusion, conflict, and expensive taxes and legal fees when we’re gone. Come learn how to protect your loved ones by providing everyone in your life with a guide to your wishes. Workshop participants will be able to work one on one for free with estate planning lawyers to create these documents.
Monday, January 24, 6pm – 7:30pm

FAFSA: The Key to Unlocking Financial Aid
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) streamlines the financial aid process to help reduce your family’s student loan burden. This workshop covers FAFSA basics, the application process, federal requirements, and receiving and maintaining federal financial aid.
Tuesday, January 25, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Futuro Health Orientation
It’s been nearly 2 years since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and healthcare employers are still failing to adequately staff our hospitals. We need more healthcare workers, now. As SEIU-UHW members, we can provide our friends and family with a tuition-free education for a healthcare career, while building the workforce of the future we desperately need in the healthcare industry.
Wednesday, January 26, 6pm – 7:30pm

I Am Seen. I Am Heard. I Am Valued: How to go from Isolation to Connection.
As healthcare workers, we have a unique experience of what is happening in the world right now, one that even our closest loved ones may not understand. Some of us feel physically isolated from our families and networks as we navigate the pandemic as safely as we can. Loneliness is a common feeling right now, so we offer this gathering to help us find creative ways to tap into a sense of connection, togetherness and community.
Wednesday, January 26, 6pm – 7:30pm

Getting to Know Your Kaiser Pension
Unsure what’s in your retirement plan? SEIU-UHW President Dave Regan is here to tell you what exactly is in your Kaiser pension plan. Ask any questions you have – no matter how foolish you think they might be! – and educate yourself about this amazing benefit.
Wednesday, January 26, 6pm – 7:30pm

How to Make your Money Make Money: Saving and Investing 101
The best part about saving money is watching it grow on its own! In this workshop, you will learn how to set savings goals, and the skills and best practices you need to achieve them. You will also learn the basics of investing, including the different types of investments, how to use retirement calculators, tips on lowering your
Wednesday, January 26, 6pm – 8pm

Unclench Your Jaw: Finding Relief from Stress
It’s time to relax. Release your tongue from the roof of your mouth, and uncurl your eyebrows. Let’s take a break from everything that’s happening all around and look within. In this gathering, you’ll learn stress-relief exercises for short-term and longer lasting effects. You can use these tips during your workday to loosen up your body, lighten up your mood, and liven up your energy!
Thursday, January 27, 6pm – 7:30pm

Teaching Your Teen to Manage Their Money
Young adults are primed to soak in new information. It’s a great time to guide them to money management techniques that can last a lifetime. Bring your child with you to this workshop, where they will learn how to manage money effectively, prepare for bills, open checking and saving accounts, establish credit (and use it wisely), and explore investment options
Tuesday, February 1, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Empty Wallet? Manage Your Debt and Build Your Credit
If you have a lot of debt, you’re not alone. Last year, Americans hit a new debt record of $14.6 trillion (yes, with a T), with an unequal portion falling on younger people, women, and communities of color. In this workshop, you will learn the five things that influence a credit score, how to prioritize debt, and how to use tools like debt management calculators and credit building loans to improve your credit. Anyone who attends this session will be eligible for one-on-one counseling with financial advisors.
Wednesday, February 2, 6pm – 8pm

Futuro Health Orientation
It’s been nearly 2 years since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and healthcare employers are still failing to adequately staff our hospitals. We need more healthcare workers, now. As SEIU-UHW members, we can provide our friends and family with a tuition-free education for a healthcare career, while building the workforce of the future we desperately need in the healthcare industry.
Saturday, February 5, 11am – 12:30pm
Wednesday, February 23, 6pm – 7:30pm

What’s a Living Trust? What about a Will? Do I Need One?
If we don’t plan for it, we run the risk of leaving our families with confusion, conflict, and expensive taxes and legal fees when we’re gone. Come learn how to protect your loved ones by providing everyone in your life with a guide to your wishes. Workshop participants will be able to work one on one for free with estate planning lawyers to create these documents.
Monday, February 7, 6pm – 7:30pm

Why We Spend: The Psychology of Money and How to Make Better Financial Decisions
We all have a “money personality”. Understanding how it impacts our relationship with money and our spending habits, we can adjust our behavior to make smart money decisions. This session will teach strategies and tactics to decode personality types to gain control over finances.
Tuesday, February 8, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Getting to Know Your Dignity Pension
Unsure what’s in your retirement plan? SEIU-UHW President Dave Regan is here to tell you what exactly is in your Dignity pension plan. Ask any questions you have – no matter how foolish you think they might be! – and educate yourself about this amazing benefit.
Wednesday, February 9, 6pm – 7:30pm
Wednesday, February 23, 6pm – 7:30pm

Buying a Car? Here’s How to Get a Good Deal
The stereotype of the sleazy car salesman has some truth to it. In this workshop, you will learn what to ask, what to watch out for, and how to ensure you are getting a good deal on a car in good shape. We’ll also cover auto insurance and how to maintain your car in the future.
Wednesday, February 9, 6pm – 8pm

Build Your Child’s Future with 529 College Savings Plans
For families and individuals looking for ways to save for college, 529 College Savings Plans provide a flexible way to prepare for the future—and give you valuable tax-advantages. Learn the options, plan limitations and restrictions, and the financial impact on student aid.
Tuesday, February 15, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Getting to Know Your Kaiser Pension
Unsure what’s in your retirement plan? SEIU-UHW President Dave Regan is here to tell you what exactly is in your Kaiser pension plan. Ask any questions you have – no matter how foolish you think they might be! – and educate yourself about this amazing benefit.
Wednesday, February 16, 6pm – 7:30pm

Your Rights as a Tenant
For tenants, that monthly rent check is a giant portion of our budget. We need to make the most of it! In this workshop, you will learn your rights as a tenant, whether you should get rental insurance, what you can ask of your landlord, how to increase your wealth, and even how to file complaints.
Wednesday, February 16, 6pm – 8pm

“I Don’t Look Like What I’ve Been Through”: Understanding and Navigating Trauma in the Black Community
Let’s take a moment to acknowledge the cultural, historical and on-going trauma that Black people have endured for generations, often without even having the chance to heal before the next crisis arises. These events and experiences can have long-term effects that may show up in ways we aren’t even always aware of. In this gathering, we will begin to understand the ways in which trauma impacts the brain, body, and behavior, and begin to develop skills to separate the person from the pain.
Thursday, February 17, 6pm – 7:30pm

Tap Into Your Happy: Celebrating Black Joy
Grab the microphone, lace up your dancing shoes, and dust off those old Ebony and Jet magazines. We’re going to sing, dance, and reminisce, embodying joy as a source of strength and hope in the Black community. There will be karaoke, guided movement, drum + dance, and pop culture trivia to bring the good vibes. It’s a family (re)union!
Wednesday, February 23, 6pm – 7:30pm

The Big Purchase: How to Prepare for Home Ownership
Buying a new home – even if it’s not your first time – can be a huge and intimidating process. In this workshop, you will learn what you need to do financially to be ready to buy – from your credit score to your employment history to your down payment. You will also learn about the process and the players you’ll interact with (like real estate agents, title companies, and lenders) along the way.
Wednesday, February 23, 6pm – 8pm

Coping With Grief and Loss: What Sadness Comes to Teach You
It’s time to check the lights on your emotions dashboard. If the one alerting you to grief and sadness is flashing, this is an opportunity to do some maintenance. Consider this your emotional tune-up, where you’ll learn how to process grief and understand the messages it comes to teach you, leaving the gathering with tools for tune-ups you may need in the future.
Thursday, February 24, 6pm – 7:30pm