Money Smart Week Events Planned
Hundreds of Michigan organizations are hosting Money Smart Week® events that are free to attend and free from sales pitches. Michigan is home to over 500 financial education events taking place during Money Smart Week®, April 18-25, 2015, and many of them are in Muskegon County. For a complete list of events visit www.MoneySmartWeek.org.
Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign to promote financial education across all age groups, financial situations, and walks of life. Launched in 2002 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Money Smart Week began as a one-city program in Chicago and has grown to 49 states, with more than 3,500 events and 250,000 participants annually.
Locally, numerous Money Smart Kids programs will be offered at the White Lake Community Library and the Muskegon Area District Library branches. These events will feature stories, fun activities, and giveaways, including a free copy of The Berenstain Bears Dollars and Sense for each family, while supplies last.
All regularly scheduled MADL story times will be Money Smart Week events the week of April 18. In addition, there will be an evening program Tuesday, April 21 at 6pm at the Egelston Branch and an after-school event on Tuesday, May 5 at 4:30 at the Muskegon Heights Branch. White Lake Community Library will be hosting an evening story time on Tuesday, April 21, at 6:30. For more details, visit moneysmartweek.org, madl.org, or whitelakelibrary.michlibrary.org, or call your local library.
For adults, the White Lake Community Library and HarborLight Credit Union are teaming up to offer an hour-long seminar on identity theft and fraud prevention. “Guard and Protect” will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 20th in the library’s meeting room.
Muskegon County events are sponsored by HarborLight Credit Union, SB Community Federal Credit Union and Choice One Banks from Fremont, Ravenna & Egelston. Statewide partners include the Michigan Credit Union League & Affiliates, Financial Planning Association of Michigan, and the Library of Michigan.
“Money Smart Week began as a coordinated effort among a small group of Chicago-area organizations working to promote financial literacy,” says Alejo Torres, Senior Outreach Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. “Today, Money Smart Week continues to expand nationally, providing greater awareness of, and access to, personal finance resources for all.”
“I’m proud to serve as State Chair for Money Smart Week and lead the effort in Michigan. It’s a privilege to work with such a committed and growing community of grassroots leaders who are dedicated to serving their fellow Michiganders, to improve lives and our state as a whole,” adds Kelly Masters, Money Smart Week Chair.
Money Smart Week events are open to the public at libraries, nonprofits, government agencies, places of worship, businesses, and schools throughout the country on topics including kids and money, unemployment, entrepreneurship, retirement and more. To learn more about Money Smart Week® visit www.MoneySmartWeek.org