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April 2021 Consumer Financial Protection Virtual Events Announced

04/02/2021

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

All April 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:

Money Management and Budgeting                      

April 6 from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM

April 7 from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Understanding the True Cost of Credit                 

April 13 from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM

April 14 from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Top 10 Ways to Teach Kids to Save                     

April 20 from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM

April 21 from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM

First Time Home Buyers: Where to Start              

April 27 from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM

April 28 from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Register for Midweek Money Matters online.

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:

  • PA CareerLink (Bucks County) on April 7 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Open to members of the networking club.
  • Cleve J. Fredricksen Library (Cumberland County) on April 13 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. For additional information and participation contact: bcc@fredricksenlibrary.org or frebiz@ccpa.net.

Outreach staff will hold two workshops for the Pike County Workforce Development Agency. Banking Basics will be presented on April 7 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM and Avoiding Scams and ID Theft will be presented on April 21 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. For additional information and to participate contact: Cynthia DeFebo, Director, Pike County Workforce Development Agency at: cdefebo@pikepa.org or 570-296-2909.

Virtual Events For Senior Citizens

Avoiding Scams and ID Theft – This presentation – looking at ways people's identities are stolen or compromised, what you can do if you find your identity stolen, and how to stop theft from occurring – will be presented:

  • Garden Spot Village (Lancaster County) on April 5 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Open to residents.
  • Pathways Institute for Lifelong Learning (Cumberland County) on April 6 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. For additional information Contact: Sharon Blouch, Pathways Coordinator: 717-591-7213 ext. 2 or sblouch@messiahlifeways.org.

Spending Plans – A Road to Financial Success - This presentation focuses on the need for a spending plan to achieve financial goals. We discuss 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 to Senior Community Services (Delaware County) on April 21 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. For additional information contact John Federico at: JFederico@scs-delco.org.

Cybersecurity – This presentation will be offered:

  • New Horizon Senior Center (Montgomery County) on April 13 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. For more information and to participate contact: Judy Ringold, Program Director at: judy.nhsc@gmail.com.
  • In partnership with the APPRISE program, the following Butler County senior centers will host this presentation. Contact Brittany Gilfillan at: 724-282-3008.
    • South End Senior Center on April 15 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    • Chicora Senior Center on April 19 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Butler Senior Center on April 20 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Cranberry Senior Center on April 23 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Mt. Chestnut Senior Center on April 26 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Evans City Senior Center on April 27 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

ScamJam will be presented to residents of Normandy Farms Estates, Blue Bell Place, and Sunrise Living (Montgomery County) on April 29 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM and will feature outreach staff as well as representatives from Whitpain Police Department and the Montgomery County District Attorney's office. Residents are encouraged to register with their respective retirement community.

Virtual Events for Organizations and Service Providers

Save and Invest PA – an introduction to saving and investing for young adults that covers the topic of the importance of saving and investing, the differences between saving and investing, types of investments, compound interest, investigating before you invest, technology and investing, and diversification – will be presented to students at Penn State Abington (Montgomery County) on April 8 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Open to students.

Avoiding Scams and ID Theft will be presented to:

  • Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce (Allegheny County) on April 14 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Open to Chamber members.
  • Perry County Chamber of Commerce (Perry County) on April 8 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Open to Chamber members.

Cybersecurity – Keeping Yourself Safe Online – will be presented to Downingtown-Thorndale Regional Chamber of Commerce (Chester County) on April 20 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Open to Chamber members.

Working with DOBS - helping participants understand the department, the businesses it regulates, and how people can work with outreach staff and Consumer Services team – will be presented to:

  • Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging on April 8 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
  • Philadelphia Senior Center on April 29 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 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 programs and presentations available or contact DoBS 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.

MEDIA CONTACT: Virginia Lucy - 717.214.6036, DoBSComm@PA.gov

 

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