Financial Center Participating in Indiana Money Smart Week
Financial Center First Credit Union and several other local financial institutions and organizations have teamed up to offer free financial education classes as a part of Indiana’s Money Smart Week, April 18-25. Classes are free, open to people of all ages, and cover a variety of money management topics including saving for college, buying a home, using credit wisely, managing student debt and financing retirement. In addition to offering classes at Financial Center locations, the Credit Union is a sponsor for Money Smart Week’s kick-off luncheon.
“Managing money is one of the most challenging tasks everyone faces in life – no matter how much or how little you have,” commented James Davidson, Financial Center’s Financial Literacy Program Manager. “As a financial institution, we believe it’s our responsibility to provide information, tools – and at times – advice to help people make the best financial decision they can for their situation, their budget and their family.”
Financial Center’s financial education outreach stretches far beyond Money Smart Week. The not-for-profit credit union employs two full-time people dedicated to providing free financial workshops year-round to members, business members’ employees and other community organizations. Financial Center also spearheads a concerted effort to provide basic financial education to the Spanish-speaking communities of Central Indiana. Financial Center was recently recognized by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) with a national award for its educational programs.
Indiana’s Money Smart Week program plans to host 97 events statewide. Money Smart Week is the broadest and most comprehensive public awareness financial education program in the country. Started in 2002 in Chicago with just 40 programs, it has expanded significantly to become the only national educational program for people at all stages of life.
Financial Center is hosting two classes during Money Smart Week at their East 56th Street location:
- Budgeting 101, Tuesday, April 14 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm
- Understanding Insurance, Saturday, April 25 from 10:30 am – Noon
To register for these free classes or for more information on all of Financial Center’s classes offered April-June, www.fcfcu.com/wealth-builder. Consumers who are interested in finding out about additional classes in their area during Money Smart Week can visit www.moneysmartweek.org.