Harrisburg, PA - Education and outreach staff from the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities (DoBS) will be meeting with groups of senior citizens, veterans, service providers, and the public throughout the month of January to promote financial capability as part of Governor Tom Wolf’s Consumer Financial Protection Initiative.
For General Audiences
Pennsylvania Farm Show presentations – DoBS Staff will offer the following presentations during the 106th Pennsylvania Farm Show at the Agriculture 101 Stage/Lancaster Farming Stage located behind the Food Court in the Expo Hall at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg (Dauphin County):
- Avoiding ID Theft - Identity theft is a crime that can happen to anyone. Prevention is critical. Learn how it occurs, how to protect yourself, and steps to take if it happens to you on January 8 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM.
- Cybersecurity – Using the Internet Safely – It is critical that we understand cybersecurity as we depend on the internet for our daily lives. Learn how to create strong passwords, keep our systems up to date, and shop online in the safest possible ways on January 8 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
- Farmers Can Retire Too: The 4-Ps to Retirement Planning - Learn to prepare and plan for your retirement. We will cover how to create a spending plan, differences between saving and investing, and protecting your assets from theft on January 12 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.
- Farmers Can Retire Too: How Much Do I Need? - What retirement do you envision? This session will cover how much you may need to ensure your vision is attainable. Learn to use investment accounts and other resources to their fullest potential to help you reach your retirement goals on January 13 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM.
Budgeting for Your New Year Goals – A program designed to help you financially prepare for the new year and covering budgeting and achieving financial goals – will be presented:
- Cleve J. Fredricksen Library at 100 N. 19th Street in Camp Hill (Cumberland County) on January 11 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. For additional information contact Judy Kenny: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Ephrata Public Library (virtual) on January 25 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. To register visit the events calendar at www.ephratapubliclibrary.org.
- Malvern Public Library (virtual) on January 31 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. To register contact Maggie Stanton at email@example.com or (610) 644-7259.
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 offered at the Cleve J Fredricksen Library at 100 N 19th Street in Camp Hill (Cumberland County) on January 25 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. For additional information contact Judy Kenny at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recovering Financially from a Pandemic – focusing on spending logs and plans and getting your finances on track - will be presented at the Warminster Township Library at 1076 Emma Lane in Warminster (Bucks County) on January 25 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
For Senior Citizens
Budgeting for Your New Year Goals (virtual) will be presented through the Montco SAAC Ambler on January 5 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. For additional information contact Deidre L. Rhodes, Program Coordinator, at (215) 619-8863.
Banking Basics – an overview of banks and credit unions, different types of accounts, what to do if you have banking issues, and what deposit insurance does and does not cover, will be presented at Montco SAAC Ambler at 45 Forest Avenue in Ambler (Montgomery County) on January 19 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. For additional information contact Deidre L. Rhodes, Program Coordinator, at (215) 619-8863.
Fraud BINGO will be offered at the McSherrystown Senior Center at 201 S. 3rd Street in McSherrystown (Adams County) on January 26 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. For additional information contact Elizabeth Taylor-Johnson, Site Manager at (717) 632-7998.
Popular Scams and How to Avoid Them – a presentation that looks at some of the common scams and ways you can protect yourself from becoming a victim – will be offered at the New Horizon Senior Center at 100 Conway Avenue in Narberth (Montgomery County) on January 28 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. For additional information contact Judy Ringold, Program Director at (610) 664-2366.
For Organizations and Service Providers
Reverse Mortgages – What Can You Expect? – will be presented to members of Franklin PARSE at the Chambersburg Recreation Center at 235 S. 3rd Street in Chambersburg (Franklin County) on January 11 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Open to Members.
DoBS staff, along with PA Treasury and the PA Assistive Technology Foundation, will host Teaching Individuals with Disabilities about Personal Finance - a series teaching individuals with disabilities and their support network about personal finance. The two-part series will feature practitioners sharing techniques about teaching personal finance and hearing from individuals who have had success going through programs which address their needs.
Avoiding Scams and ID Theft – A program that looks at how identities are stolen or compromised, and ways to protect yourself will be offered to the West Chester University Chapter of APSCURF at West Chester University on 700 S. High Street in West Chester (Chester County) on January 27 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM. For additional information contact Mary Ann Maggitti at MMaggitti@wcupa.edu.
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 email@example.com 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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