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01/24/2019

February Consumer Outreach Schedule Announced

Harrisburg, PA - Education and outreach staff from the Department of Banking and Securities will be meeting with groups of senior citizens, students, and the public throughout the month of February to promote financial capability as part of Governor Tom Wolf’s Consumer Financial Protection Initiative.  

For General Audiences
“Avoiding Scams and ID Theft” – which helps consumers protect themselves from financial scams as well as informs victims of scams on how to get help – will be offered at the following locations:

  • PA CareerLink Beaver County at 285 Beaver Valley Mall in Monaca (Beaver County) on February 1 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

  • PA CareerLink Mon Valley at 570 Galiffa Drive in Donora (Washington County) on February 13 for two presentations from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 1:00PM to 2:00 PM

  • PA CareerLink Greene County at 200 Greene Plaza in Waynesburg (Greene County) on February 14 for two presentations from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

  • Paul Smith Library of Southern York County at 80 Constitution Avenue in Shrewsbury (York County) on February 18 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

  • PA CareerLink Schuylkill County at 203 E. Arch Street in Pottsville (Schuylkill County) on February 19 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

  • Support Circles of Chambersburg – King Street Church at 162 East King Street in Chambersburg (Franklin County) on February 21 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM (Open to Members ONLY)
The presentation “Investment Fraud Bingo” – an interactive presentation to help participants learn ways to protect themselves from investment frauds – will be offered at the following locations:
  • PA CareerLink Beaver County at 285 Beaver Valley Mall in Monaca (Beaver County) on February 1 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

  • West Oak Lane Library at 2000 East Washington Lane in Philadelphia on February 8 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

  • PA CareerLink Schuylkill County at 203 E. Arch Street in Pottsville (Schuylkill County) on February 19 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

  • ARCIL of Hazleton at 8 W. Broad Street in Hazleton (Luzerne County) on February 26 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
The STaRT (Start Today and Retire Tomorrow) program – which focuses on retirement planning, setting goals, and how to achieve those goals – will be offered at the following locations:
  • Avon Grove Library at 117 Rosehill Avenue in West Grove (Chester County) on February 16 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

  • Clarion Chamber of Commerce at the Clarion University Small Business Development Center at 840 Wood Street in Clarion (Clarion County) on February 20 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (Open to Chamber Members ONLY)

  • ARCIL of Hazleton at 8 W. Broad Street in Hazelton (Luzerne County) on February 26 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Department staff will be available during the PUC’s BUW Library Tour Consumer Resources and Utility Fair at the J. Lewis Crozer Library at 620 Engle Street in Chester (Delaware County) on February 26 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The event is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

For Senior Citizens
The presentation “Avoiding Scams and ID Theft” will be offered at the following locations:

  • Neston Heights at 210 Jones Houston Way in Easton (Northampton County) on February 11 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

  • Allentown Center Square at 15 North 7th Street in Allentown (Lehigh County on February 12 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

For Students
Outreach staff will present the FinLit Forum – a conference-style program involving multiple state and non-profit agencies with the goal of equipping high school and college students with the critical financial knowledge needed to be successful in the next stages of their lives – at Lansdale Catholic High School at 700 Lansdale Avenue in Lansdale (Montgomery County) on February 6 from 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM. (Open to Lansdale students ONLY)

The department’s Investor Education and Consumer Outreach staff works with state and local government agencies, service providers, community and trade organizations, the General Assembly, the military community, schools, and other partners to help Pennsylvanians across the commonwealth become well-informed about the financial marketplace. There are a variety of free, non-commercial programs and presentations available, or a program can be tailored to a specific group’s needs.

The department’s Calendar of Events can be found online here. Consumers and community groups can call 1-800-PA-BANKS or email informed@pa.gov for more information. To learn more about the Consumer Financial Protection Initiative, search #GovWolfCFPI on Twitter. 

MEDIA CONTACT: Virginia Lucy - 717.783.4721

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