Harrisburg, PA - Harrisburg, PA – Education and outreach staff from the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities (DoBS) will be hosting and participating in numerous virtual presentations for groups of senior citizens, veterans, service providers, and the public throughout the month of October to promote financial capability as part of Governor Tom Wolf’s Consumer Financial Protection Initiative.
All October outreach events will be held virtually and in partnership with the listed organizations. The events are open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Virtual Events for General Audiences
Cybersecurity: Keeping Yourself Safe Online - A program designed to help build cyber awareness and how to keep your information safe and secure online is vitally important for everyone. This presentation which covers key topics like using secure websites, creating strong passwords, being aware of what you put on social media, and even tips for shopping online safely.
- Oley Valley Community Library (Berks County) on October 13 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. To register call 484-491-1278.
Spending Plans – A Road to Financial Success - This presentation focuses on the need for a spending plan to achieve financial goals. Learn the differences between wants and needs; setting SMART goals; creating a spending plan; putting the plan into action; as well as periodically reviewing goals and spending plans in order to ensure that you can stay on track.
- Clyde Fredricksen Library (Cumberland County) on October 14 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and October 19 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Register online.
Your Investments: Making Your Nest Egg Last - Explore considerations for retirees as they move to the next stages of their lives. Knowing how to make a nest egg last through the golden years can be a challenge; we will discuss at retirement income in two parts: how to make what you have last, and how to protect it from investment scams. Topics like required minimum disbursements, the 4% rule, bucket strategy, and others will be covered in this informative session. Registration is required.
”Virtual Fraud Bingo” - A fun and interactive presentation that teaches consumers how to protect themselves from investment and other financial fraud by playing a familiar game: Bingo.
- Bosler Memorial Library (Cumberland County) on October 21 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Register online.
Virtual Events For Senior Citizens
“Virtual Fraud BINGO” - A fun and interactive presentation that teaches consumers how to protect themselves from investment and other financial fraud by playing a familiar game: Bingo.
- Red Land Senior Center (York County) on October 5 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Open to Senior Center Members. To register call 717-938-4649.
- Columbia Senior Center (Lancaster County) on October 6 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Open to Senior Center Members To register call 717-684-4850.
- Southern Blair Senior Center (Blair County) on October 15 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Open to Senior Center Members. To register call 814-317-5181.
Avoiding Scams and ID Theft - A program that looks at how identities are stolen or compromised and identifies ways to protect yourself from common scams and fraud.
- Columbia Senior Center (Lancaster County) on October 14 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Open to Senior Center Members. To register call 717-684-4850.
Cybersecurity: Keeping Yourself Safe Online - A program designed to help build cyber awareness and how to keep your information safe and secure online. This presentation covers key topics like using secure websites, creating strong passwords, being aware of what you put on social media, and even tips for shopping online safely.
- Columbia Senior Center (Lancaster County) on October 20 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Open to Senior Center Members. To register call 717-684-4850.
Virtual Events with Legislative Offices
DoBS staff will present “Investing in Women,” a presentation focusing on the unique financial challenges women face when it comes to banking and budgeting, credit, and investments, in collaboration with several legislative offices.
Office of State Senator Pam Iovino
Office of State Rep. Carolyn Comitta and the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls
Office of State Senator Camera Bartolotta (Three-Part Series)
- Budgeting and Banking Basics: October 15 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
- Credit Reports and Scores: October 22 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
- Saving and Investing Basics: October 29 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
- To register e-mail: email@example.com
Virtual Events for Organizations and Service Providers
Start Today and Retire Tomorrow (STaRT) – This program discusses retirement planning. The goal is to help you determine what your retirement goals are and how to help you get there. No matter where you are in the timeline for retirement, early career, mid-career or late career, know that it’s never too late to STaRT.
- PACareerLink Bucks County (Bucks County) on October 7 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
Spending Plans - This presentation focuses on the need for a spending plan so that people can achieve their financial goals and will be presented to employees of Labor and Industry Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (Dauphin County) on October 8 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
DoBS Investor Education and Consumer Outreach staff work 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.
Learn more about the free, non-commercial programs and presentations available or contact us to request a program tailored to your specific needs.
Visit the department's calendar of events to find an event near you. Consumers and community groups can call 1-800-PA-BANKS or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. To learn more about the Consumer Financial Protection Initiative, follow the department on Twitter and Facebook.
Visit the commonwealth's Responding to COVID-19 guide for the latest guidance and resources for Pennsylvanians or the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s dedicated coronavirus webpage for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.
MEDIA CONTACT: Virginia Lucy - 717.214.6036, DoBSComm@PA.gov
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