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March 2021 Consumer Financial Protection Virtual Events Announced

03/08/2021

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 March to promote financial capability as part of Governor Tom Wolf’s Consumer Financial Protection Initiative. 

All March 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 Public

Midweek Money Matters a series covering a variety of financial topics – will be presented on:

Avoiding Predatory Loans with Holly Chase (PHFA)       

March 9 - 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM

March 10 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Protecting Yourself Online                                                  

March 16 - 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM

March 17 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Reducing Your Risk of Financial Scams (AARP)             

March 23 - 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM

March 24 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Understanding Reverse Mortgages                                  

March 30 - 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM

March 31 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Register for Midweek Money Matters online.

Banking Basics – This presentation is an overview of how banks and credit unions work. We also discuss the differences between types of accounts; the importance of balancing accounts; what to do if you have had banking issues in the past; what types of questions you should ask before opening and account; and what deposit insurance does and does not cover:

  • Bosler Memorial Library (Cumberland County) on March 9 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. For more information contact Natalie Kaplan at: nkaplan@ccpa.net
  • Ephrata Public Library (Lancaster County) on March 23 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. To register go to the Events Calendar at: https://www.ephratapubliclibrary.org/ For more information: 717.738.9291

Avoiding Scams and ID Theft –will be presented through the Cleve J. Fredricksen Library (Cumberland County) on March 9 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM and March 23 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. For more information and/or to register, contact the library at: bcc@fredricksenlibrary.org.  

Fraud BINGO – a fun and interactive presentation that teaches consumers how to protect themselves from investment fraud by playing a familiar game – BINGO, will be presented through:

  • Slippery Rock Community Library (Butler County) on March 11 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. For more information contact Karen Pierce at: 724-738-9179
  • Malvern Public Library (Chester County) on March 16 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. To register visit the Malvern Library event page.

Virtual Events for Senior Citizens

Reverse Mortgages – What Can You Expect? will be presented:

  • Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging (Jefferson County) on March 11 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Open to employees
  • Mohler Senior Center in Hershey (Dauphin County) on March 17 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. For more information and/or to participate, contact Melissa Weigle, Executive Director at: 717-533-2002
  • PA Link to Aging – Service Area 3 (Allegheny County) on March 25 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM. For more information contact Marlene O’Leary, PA Link Lead Coordinator - Service Area 3, at: 412-683-7100 ext. 2129

Keeping Yourself Safe Online will be presented to the PA Link to Aging and Disability Resources (Clarion County) on March 9 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. For additional information please contact Kathy Freeman at: information@activeaging.org

Banking Basics will be presented at the Philadelphia Senior Center, Avenue of the Arts (Philadelphia County) on March 25 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. For additional information contact Edwina Griggs at: (215) 546-5879 ext. 229

Avoiding Scams and ID Theft will be presented:

  • Foster Grandparents Program, B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging, Inc. (Bradford County) on March 25 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Open to members of the Foster Grandparent Program
  • New Horizon Senior Center (Montgomery County) on March 30 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. For more information and to participate contact Judy Ringold, Program Director at: judy.nhsc@gmail.com

Virtual Events for Organizations and Service Providers

In partnership with the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, “Let’s Take Charge! Understanding Your Credit” will be presented to Girl Scouts on March 8 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM to to earn financial literacy badges.

Working with DOBS - helping participants understand our department; the businesses we regulate; and how people can work with our outreach staff, as well as our Consumer Services team – will be presented to:

  • New Castle Rotary Club (Lawrence County) on March 8 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM.
  • United Way of Bradford County March 16 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM.

Outreach staff will present two programs to the Pike County Workforce Development Agency:.

  • Start Today and Retire Tomorrow (STaRT)- a presentation to help set retirement goals - will occur on March 10 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Spending Plans- a presentation that focuses on the need for a spending plan to help budget- will occur on March 24 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

In partnership with Women’s Way in Philadelphia (Philadelphia County), outreach staff will present a series of financial capability presentations:

FinLit Forum – a program with the goal of equipping students with critical financial knowledge needed to be successful in the next stages of their lives - will be held virtually for students at:

  • Highland High School (Allegheny County) on March 12 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Fox Chapel High School (Allegheny County), in partnership with the Office of Senator Lindsey Williams, on March 24 from 10:35 AM to 12:00 PM

Save and Invest PA, College Edition will be open to Penn State Harrisburg students on March 18 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 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 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 informed@pa.gov 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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