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May 2022 Consumer Financial Protection Events Announced

04/29/2022

Harrisburg, PA - Education and outreach staff from the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities (DoBS) will be hosting and participating in numerous virtual and in-person presentations for groups of senior citizens, service providers, and the public throughout the month of May to promote financial capability as part of Governor Tom Wolf’s Consumer Financial Protection Initiative.  

Most May outreach events will be held virtually and are open to the public, unless otherwise noted, and in partnership with the listed organizations.

For General Audiences

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 virtually to:

  • Malvern Public Library at 1 East 1st Avenue in Malvern (Chester County) on May 2 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. To register: https://www.malvern-library.org/

  • Pike County Public Library at 119 East Harford Street in Milford (Pike County) on May 25 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. To register email: michael@pcpl.org

  • Office of the Erie Mayor’s LGBTQIA+ Council and Erie Gay News at 1115 W 7th Street in Erie (Erie County) on May 26 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. For additional information contact: Michael Kenton Mahler, Erie Gay News, info@eriegaynews.com

Spending Plans – A Roadmap to Financial Success – a presentation on the need for a spending plan, setting financial goals, creating and maintaining a spending plan, and staying on track with your finances – will be presented virtually at the Cleve J. Fredricksen Library in Camp Hill (Cumberland County) on May 10 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM and May 24 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. For additional information, contact: Judy Kenny, BCC Manager, jkenny@cumberlandcountylibraries.org

For Senior Citizens

Spending Plans – A Roadmap to Financial Success will be presented in person at Charles T Adams Active Adult Center at 5 East Market Street in Wilkes-Barre (Luzerne County) on May 4 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. For additional information, contact: Toni Mathis, Director, 570-825-3484.

$CAMJAM – an interactive and fun-filled presentation featuring Bingo and information about protecting yourself from frauds and scams – will be offered in person at VFW Post #3448 at 119 VFW Drive in Tobyhanna (Monroe County) on May 5 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Registration strongly encouraged. For additional information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/camjam-tickets-324121916377

“Fraud BINGO” will be presented in person at:

  • Montco SAAC – Ambler at 45 Forest Avenue in Ambler (Montgomery County) on May 2 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM. For information, contact: Deidre Rhodes, 215-619-8863.
     
  • Columbia Senior Center at 510 Walnut Street in Columbia (Lancaster County) on May 13 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. For information, contact: Cindi Hammons 717-684-4850.
     
  • Branch Creek Place at 115 North Fayette Street in Shippensburg (Cumberland County) on May 17 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. For additional information, contact: Diana Nazario, Director, 717-300-3563.
     
  • Findlay Activity Center at 310 Main Street in Imperial (Allegheny County) on May 18 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM. For information, contact: 724-695-0500.

For Organizations and Service Providers

MOM (Moms on the Money Trail) – a presentation providing an overview of personal finance for new mothers including saving, investing, and budgeting – will be presented in person at Giant Community Center at 3301 Trindle Road in Camp Hill (Cumberland County) on May 3 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Open to meeting attendees.

DoBS staff and the Nurse Family Partnership of Lehigh Valley (Monroe County) will continue its nine-session series, MOMs – Moms on the Money Trail, looking at financial security for new families with sessions covering “Types of Investments and Accounts” on May 3, “Mother’s Day Expo” on May 6, “Avoiding Frauds and Scams” on May 17, and “Graduation – Now what?” on May 31 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. The program is open to partnership participants.

Senior$afe for Professionals - a training program for financial professionals to recognize and report suspected financial abuse targeting their elderly clients, especially those suffering from some form of cognitive impairment – will be presented in person at Mt. Pocono VFW Post #3448 at 119 VFW Drive in Tobyhanna (Monroe County) on May 4 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM.

Investing in Women – a program designed to address the unique financial challenges experienced by many women and covering topics addressing finances and investing – will be presented at:

Fraud Bingo will be presented to:

  • PASR Dauphin County on May 10 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. For additional information, contact: Margaret Auten, mea1146@aol.com. Open to members.
     
  • Lackawanna and Wyoming Chapter of PARSE at 1130 Ravine Street in Scranton (Lackawanna County) on May 19 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Open to Members.

Scam Summit 2022 - an interactive and fun filled presentation featuring bingo and information about protecting yourself from frauds and scams will be offered in person with the Indiana County District Attorney’s Office at the Rustic Lodge at 2199 Oakland Avenue in Indiana (Indiana County) on May 11 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM and a second session at 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. To register for the first or second session:

Cybersecurity Tips for Online Shopping will be offered virtually to members of NARFE Chapter 0664 in Philadelphia (Philadelphia County) on May 18 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Open to members.

Scam and ID Theft Prevention Through Online Safety – a presentation on keeping yourself safe online and what to do if you become a victim of scams and/or identity theft – will be offered virtually to staff, parents, and caregivers of disabled individuals in partnership with the Youth Advocate Program on May 25 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. For more information, contact: Lori Burrus, lburrus@yapinc.org or 717-269-7969.

Senior$afe for Tax Collectors - a training program for financial professionals to recognize and report suspected financial abuse targeting their elderly clients, especially those suffering from some form of cognitive impairment – will be presented in person at 1150 Morgan Village Road in Meadville (Crawford County) on May 25 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Open to tax collectors in Crawford County and surrounding counties.

Spending Plans – A Roadmap to Financial Success – a presentation on the need for a spending plan, setting financial goals, creating and maintaining a spending plan, and staying on track with your finances – will be presented in partnership with PA CareerLink in Lancaster (Lancaster County) on May 26 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. For additional information, contact: Manuel Luna-Murray, Bilingual Job Search Facilitator, 717-925-7394.

Legislative Expos and Conferences

Outreach staff will be available at the following legislative expos and conferences:

  • Correctional Education Association Conference at 800 E Park Drive in Harrisburg (Dauphin County) on May 2 from 3:00 PM to 3:50 PM.
     
  • Celebrate Age Senior Expo at Harrah’s Philadelphia Racetrack and Casino at 777 Harrah Boulevard in Chester (Delaware County) on May 6 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

DoBS Investor Education and Consumer Outreach staff works 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 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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