CMW is an example of making lemonade when life hands you lemons.
The founder, Lana Posner, had a very successful career in design and marketing. When she found herself in financial trouble, she realized she never learned about personal finances.
In 2006 she moved to Camden to explore ways to help young people learn the lessons of managing your finances that she had not learned in her formative years.
In 2007, Creative Money Works was formed to tackle the elusive task of teaching financial literacy to young people. The goal was to create new innovative approaches using extensive experience with music marketing and creativity.
While waiting for our 501c3 application to be approved, we connected with various youth organizations and learned there were thousands of children who went to bed hungry. We decided to take action to help. We created Feed Our Children NOW! and with the help of Kevin Lyman, founder of Vans Warped Tour, the first food drive was held at Vans Warped Tour in Camden, New Jersey. The joint effort resulted in the collection of 2,580 pounds of food we were able to distribute to the children.
Ten years later our program, Feed Our Children NOW! along with aQire™Cares and Grow the Line are all thriving. We have helped feed more than a million meals and mentored hundreds of young people with job skills and hands-on experience.
Our young volunteers are now running our current programs and we are launching our new
project. aQire™ The Goods.