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May Consumer Financial Protection Events Announced

05/01/2023

Harrisburg, PA - Education and outreach staff from the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities (DoBS) will be hosting and participating in numerous presentations for groups of senior citizens, service providers and the public throughout the month of May to promote financial capability and provide investor education.

May outreach events will be held in person or virtually in partnership with the listed organizations. The events are open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Events For General Audiences

Cybersecurity and Fraud Bingo – a presentation covering key topics involving cybersecurity and protecting your information, combined with an interactive way to learn about financial and investment-related fraud through a familiar game – will be presented at the Northampton Public Library at 1615 Laubach Avenue in Northampton (Lehigh County) on May 15 from 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM. For additional information visit the Northampton Area Public Library website.

Common Investment Strategies – a presentation that provides the basics when it comes to investing, including information about Dollar-Cost Averaging, Growth Investing, and more – will be held at Cleve J Fredricksen Library at 100 N 19th Street in Camp Hill (Cumberland County) on May 18 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. To register visit the Cumberland County Library System website.

$CAMJAM – a conference bringing together experts in finance and consumer protection to discuss a variety of hot topics including identity theft, scams and frauds, and protecting yourself from them. There will be breaks for Fraud Bingo with prizes for the winners and lunch will be provided. This event will be offered at the following locations in partnership with AARP Pennsylvania:

  • York Revolution Stadium at 5 Brooks Robinson Way in York (York County) on May 17 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM. For additional information, call 717-652-4400 or e-mail cmarriott@contacthelpline.org.
  • Little Meadows Fire Hall on Maple Avenue in Little Meadows (Susquehanna County) on May 23 from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Register for $camJam - Little Meadows, Susquehanna County, PA on Eventbrite.
  • Clifford Township Building at 110 Cemetery Street in Clifford (Susquehanna County) on May 24 from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Register for $camJam - Clifford Township Building on Eventbrite.
  • Susquehanna County Library at 458 High School Road in Montrose (Susquehanna County) on May 25 from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Register for $camJam - Susquehanna County Library, Montrose, PA on Eventbrite.

Avoiding ID Theft – a presentation highlighting steps to protect your sensitive information and what to do in the event your information is compromised – will be held at PA CareerLink Lancaster County at 1046 Manheim Pike in Lancaster (Lancaster County) on May 22 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. For additional information, contact Nicole Deeley, Workforce Connector, at 717-509-5613, ext. 600

Events For Senior Citizens

Fraud Bingo – a fun and interactive game that teaches consumers how to protect themselves from investment fraud by playing BINGO - will be offered as a series of in-person events at the following Susquehanna County Adult Learning Centers. For additional information about any of the Susquehanna County Fraud BINGO events, contact Pamela DeRose, Director, at: 570-278-3751.

  • Fairdale ALC (Fairdale UMC) at 6219 Ridge Road in Montrose on May 1 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  • Clifford ALC (Clifford Twp Building) at 119 Cemetery Street in Clifford on May 1 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
  • Lanesboro ALC (Turnpike Terrance Apartments) at 3006 Turnpike Street in Susquehanna on May 4 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Blue Ridge ALC (Great Bend Boro Office Building) at 81 Elizabeth Street in Great Bend on May 4 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Additional Fraud Bingo events will be held throughout the state at the following:

  • Coopersburg Senior Center at 538 Thomas Street in Coopersburg (Lehigh County) on May 9 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM.  For additional information, contact Nan Beitel-Vessels, Director, at 610-282-2330.
  • Phoebe Senior Center at 1901 Linden Street in Allentown (Lehigh County) on May 9 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM. For additional information, contact Cristal Polanco, Service Coordinator, at 610-794-6265.
  • Big Spring Senior Center at 91 Doubling Gap Road in Newville (Cumberland County) on May 10 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM. For additional information, contact Rausa Roscinski at 717-776-4478.
  • Golden Connections Community Center at 20 Gotham Place in Red Lion (York County) on May 11 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. For additional information, contact Kasie Ream, Director of Social Services, at 717-244-7229.
  • Paramount Health Resources, Inc. at 2760 Maytown Road in Maytown (Lancaster County) on May 11 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. For additional information, contact Sharon Ogilvie, District Manager of Representative Tom Jones’s Office, at 717-367-5525.
  • Millersburg Area Senior Center at 109 Edward Drive in Millersburg (Dauphin County) on May 12 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. For additional information, contact Matt Stoneroad, District Director of Representative Joe Kerwin’s Office, at 833-431-0495.
  • Berks Encore at 350 Sportsman Road in Wernersville (Berks County) on May 16 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. For additional information, contact Melissa Ludwig, Center Manager, at 610-670-1372.
  • Littlestown Area Senior Center at 10 E Locust Street in Littlestown (Adams County) on May 17 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. For additional information, contact Denise at 717-359-7743.
  • Delta Senior Center at 5 Pendyrus Street in Delta (York County) on May 23 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. For additional information, contact Denise Burkins, Assistant Director, at 717-456-5753.
  • Forest Hills Center at 400 Main Street in South Fork (Cambria County) on May 24 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. For additional information, contact Bethany Rietscha, Lead Link Coordinator, at 814-999-3004.
  • NantyGlo Center at 119 Briar County in Nanty Glo (Cambria County) on May 24 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. For additional information, contact Bethany Rietscha, Lead Link Coordinator, at 814-999-3004.
  • Columbia Senior Center at 510 Walnut St in Columbia (Lancaster County) on May 25 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. For additional information, contact Brenda Kelliehan, Interim Manager, at 717-684-4850.
  • Lititz Senior Center at 201 Market Street in Lititz (Lancaster County) on May 31 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. For additional information, contact Tina L Thompson at 717-627-0036.

Avoiding ID Theft will be held at Charles T Adams AAC at 5 East Market Street in Wilkes-Barre (Luzerne County) on May 3 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. For additional information, contact Toni Mathis, Director, at 570-825-3484.

Spending Plans – Senior Edition – a presentation focusing on the need for a spending plan so that people can achieve their financial goals – will be held at the following:

  • A virtual presentation at Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living on May 5 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. For information, contact Catherine Bogdanski, Statewide Coalition Project Coordinator, at 610-770-9781, ext. 172. Open to Staff and Residents.
  • Plains AAC at 50 2nd Street in Plains (Luzerne County) on May 18 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. For additional information, contact Alice Bohunko, Director, at 570-824-5542.

Events for Organizations and Service Providers

Financial Education and DoBS – a presentation highlighting the work of the Department throughout the Commonwealth – will be presented to the York Chapter of CrossState Credit UnionsUnion Association at the Wyndham Garden York on May 1 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Open to Members of the York Chapter of Credit Unions.

Investing in Women – a presentation addressing the unique financial challenges experienced by many women and covering topics on finances and investing – will be held in conjunction with AAPI Equal Pay Day at the O’Pake Institute for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship at Alvernia University at 401 Penn Street in Reading (Berks County) on May 3 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. For additional information, contact Lizette.Epps@alvernia.edu. 

Outreach staff will be hosting two sessions for ARC of Blair County at 431 Jackson Avenue in Altoona (Blair County) on May 11 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM to discuss core personal finance topics. For additional information, e-mail mbrandt@thearcblair.org.

Legislative Expos and Conferences 

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

  • Senator John Kane’s Senior Expo at the Red Clay Room in Kennett Square on May 4
  • Senior Expo with Representatives Cerrato, Guenst and Sanchez at the Salem Baptist Church of Abington on May 5
  • DMVA 30th Annual Health and Safety Awareness Day at Fort Indiantown Gap on May 18. Open to employees of DMVA, and PA Army and Air National Guard.

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.

MEDIA CONTACT: Madeline Williams - 717.214.6036, DoBSComm@PA.gov

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