March 2013 – March 2014
WHERE: Connecticut College, New London, CT
WHEN: MAY 21, 2013, 7:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
We are finishing up our 2012-2013 school year and looking for volunteers to make this last Fair of the year a success.
There are over 300 students from 7 high schools in eastern Connecticut registered for this unique experience and we are looking for volunteer support to bring the Fair to them.
Sign up, put on that lime green T-shirt and let’s give back to the students at the May 21st Financial Reality Fair!
To volunteer, please contact Barb Bass at email@example.com.
Credit unions promote the economic well being of their members, especially those of modest means, through a system that is member-owned, volunteer-directed and not-for-profit.
The credit union mission has always been to ensure secure financial choices at lower costs for their members. That’s why credit unions offer financial products that provide better returns on savings, reduced rates on loans and lower or no fees on services.
While credit unions are regulated by the federal and state governments, they are also governed by volunteer boards elected by their membership. Credit unions don’t answer to stockholders, but to each of their 96 million members.
Credit unions invest in people by helping those who have been traditionally underserved by banks. Groups like seniors on fixed incomes, single working moms, minority communities needing greater community investment, and small business owners struggling to raise capital all rely on credit unions for important financial services at reasonable costs.
While the big banks have abandoned small businesses in droves because they just can’t make enough money, credit unions promote their small business members in a struggling economy by providing low cost credit alternatives. This credit union investment means millions of jobs across America.
Unfortunately, the big banks and some in Congress want to raise taxes and impose new fees on 96 million credit union members who represent 40% of all Americans, yet represent only 6% of the assets in financial institutions. And, they want to do this despite the fact that credit unions are not-for-profit and meeting their core mission every day.
That’s wrong and will imperil the credit union movement that so many have come to depend on for real financial choice.
Don’t let Congress raise taxes on 96 million credit union members. Don’t let Congress eliminate real financial choice. Don’t let Congress destroy our credit unions.
To learn even more about credit unions in your community, or join a credit union please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org/.
Connecticut credit unions expressed interest in learning more about a new product developed through NCUF – Retirement Fairs. This program, similar to a Financial Reality Fair, is a hands-on experiential program for adults thinking about retirement and interested in practicing living on retirement income. Mark Lynch, developer of the program, will provide an overview of the Fair, then attendees will actually participate in the Fair exercise. After the Fair there will be a debrief with an opportunity to ask questions. The program has been developed in a format that credit unions will be able to use with minimal volunteers and bring to membership events to share with their members. Anyone interested in the program for staff, volunteers and/or membership should attend the program to obtain more information.
Join in an evening of comedy and help raise funds for Connecticut Financial Reality Fairs. Four comedians from the greater Hartford area are donating their time to provide an evening of laughs while we raise money to continue credit union’s great work in promoting financial literacy. Bring your checkbook – there will be a silent auction fundraiser in addition to the entertainment.