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The United Way’s CASH Coalition will bring financial literacy help to Buffalo neighborhoods this summer.

Its Financial Wellness Tour will bring financial institutions and service providers into “hard to reach” communities in the city to spread awareness about resources that are available to help low-income families build assets.

The free, public events will feature financial literacy workshops and one-on-one financial coaching as well as free food and raffles.

The goal of the outreach is to empower local citizens and “contribute to a stronger, more diverse and thriving community,” according to Buford Sears, Western New York regional president of First Niagara Bank, which is funding the series through its First Niagara Foundation.

• Thursday’s tour stop, at the Matt Urban Hope Center, 1081 Broadway, from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, will feature information about gardening as a source of inexpensive fresh food.

• An Aug. 2 tour event at Belmont Housing Resources in the Delavan Grider Community Center, 877 E. Delavan Ave., will focus on low-income housing opportunities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Several local housing agencies will be in attendance.

• On Aug. 23, the tour will stop at the Hope Refugee Drop-In Center, 233 W. Ferry St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• On Sept. 16 from 1 to 5 p.m., the event will focus on financial resources for refugees at the Catholic Charities Immigrant and Refugee Assistance Program, 20 Herkimer St.

CASH, which stands for “creating assets, savings and hope,” is a coalition of more than 70 corporate, nonprofit, faith and community groups, schools, government agencies and citizens working together to help low- to middle-income families in Erie and Niagara counties build financial stability.

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