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, service providers, and the public throughout the month of February to promote financial capability as part of Governor Tom Wolf’s Consumer Financial Protection Initiative.
All February 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
Midweek Money Matters – a virtual series covering a variety of financial topics – will be presented on:
Saving for Investing
February 2 from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
February 3 from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
How Much Do I Need to Retire?
February 9 from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
February 10 from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Making Your Money Last in Retirement
February 16 from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
February 17 from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Protecting Your Nest Egg from Fraud
February 23 from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
February 24 from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Register for Midweek Money Matters online.
Spending Plans – A Road to Financial Success - This presentation focuses on the need for a spending plan to achieve financial goals. We discuss the 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. It will be presented:
- Brandywine Community Library (Berks County) on February 2 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the Zoom call.
- Bosler Memorial Library (Cumberland County) on February 23 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. For more information and to register contact the library at: (717) 243-4642 or email@example.com.
- Ephrata Public Library (Lancaster County) on February 23 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. To register go to: https://www.ephratapubliclibrary.org, select the "Events Calendar" and hit "Register" to receive your Zoom invitation.
Budgeting for Your New Year’s Goals - This presentation - focusing on the need for a spending plan/budget, and emphasizing setting, and achieving, your financial goals for the new year (without the debt) – will be presented:
- Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber (Allegheny County) on February 2 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, February 4 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM and February 5 from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM. Register by clicking on the event details on the DoBS Calendar.
- Labor and Industry Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (Dauphin County) on February 9 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Open to Bureau employees.
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.
- Bosler Memorial Library (Cumberland County) on February 9 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. For more information and to register contact the library at: (717) 243-4642 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cybersecurity – Keeping Yourself Safe Online - This presentation - covering the use of secured websites, strong passwords, shopping safely online, and using social media as safely as possible – will be presented:
- Slippery Rock Community Library (Butler County) on February 11 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. For more information contact the library at: 724-738-9179 or email@example.com.
- Malvern Public Library (Chester County) on February 16 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. To register visit the Malvern Library event page.
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 – will be presented:
- Lancaster Neighborhood Senior Center (Lancaster County) on February 12 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. For more information contact: Vasthi Dominguez, Senior Center Manager, at: 717-299-3943
- Berwick Senior Center (Columbia County) on February 17 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. For more information contact: Jan Banko, Berwick Senior Center Site Manager, at: 570-759-8529
Avoiding Scams and ID Theft – This presentation – looking at ways people’s identities are stolen or compromised, what you can do if you find you have had your identity stolen, and how to stop theft from occurring – will be presented:
- Philadelphia Senior Center (Philadelphia County) on February 25 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. To participate contact: Edwina Griggs, Activities Coordinator, 215-546-5879
- Phoenixville Area Senior Center (Chester County) on February 18 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. For more information contact: Christine McManus, Center Director, 610-935-1515
Virtual Events for Organizations and Service Providers
In partnership with the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, the following presentations will be available to Girl Scouts to earn financial literacy badges:
- JIF vs Skippy: Making Good Money Choices will be presented on February 8 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM
- Financing Your Goals and Dreams will be presented to Girl Scouts Grades 6-10 on February 22 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
STaRT will be presented to employees of Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging (Jefferson County) on February 12 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
Working with DOBS – This presentation helps participants understand our department, the businesses we regulate, how people can work with our outreach staff, as well as our Consumer Services team, It will be presented:
- PA Link to Aging and Disability Resources (Somerset County) on February 10 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
- Penns Creek Senior Center (Snyder County) on February 22 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
- Foster Grandparents Program at B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging, Inc. (Bradford County) on February 25 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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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