News from Local Campaigns, Summer 2014

This content comes from the most recent issue of the American Saver newsletter.

Across the country, campaigns are continuing to spread the word about savings and financial responsibility in a variety of ways.

Hancock County Saves
In June Hancock Federal Credit Union held a Facebook contest, “Like. Vote. Give.” to award a local charity $500. Those who liked the credit union on Facebook could vote daily for one of five organizations to receive the award. With the most votes, Hancock County Saves won.

Website: www.hancocksaves.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Hancock-County-Saves/290271901032421
Twitter: www.twitter.com/HancockCoSaves
 

University of Illinois Saves
The annual University of Illinois Saves Campus Competition promoted a culture of positive financial behavior and savings within the University of Illinois system by encouraging students, staff, and faculty to set savings goals. Throughout the contest, six weekly drawings took place to reward participants at each campus, Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, and Springfield, with VISA gift cards provided by TCF Bank. University of Illinois Employees Credit Union and PNC Bank also provided prizes as sponsors of #UISaves, and Busey Bank provided marketing for in-kind support of the campaign. For further details, go to https://magic.piktochart.com/output/1961715-university-of-illinois-saves-201.

Website: www.universityillinoissaves.org
 

Mississippi Saves
Mississippi Saves sponsors a Saver’s Club to help participants set achievable savings goals. Meetings are held at noon on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Those interested in attending should contact their local Mississippi State University Extension Office.

Website: www.mississippisaves.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MississippiSaves
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/MSsaves
 

Northwoods Saves
This fall Northwoods Saves will implement Money $mart in Headstart, a program developed by University of Wisconsin Extension that teaches good savings and financial habits to parents of children in Headstart.

Website: www.northwoodssaves.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NorthwoodsSaves
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/NorthwoodsSaves
 

Tennessee Saves – Chattanooga
The Chattanooga Tennessee Saves campaign partnered with the local VITA coalition to promote financial literacy. Tax prep volunteers encouraged 1,588 VITA clients to pledge their refunds to save for financial goals or pay debt. These new Tennessee Savers set goals and received a kit of tools and materials to assist them with their goals. Educational posters, exhibits and brochures were provided at tax sites. Information included identity theft, debt reduction, budgeting, and smoking cessation.

Website: www.tnsaveschatt.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TennesseeSavesChattanoogaChapter
 

Welcome New Coordinators! 

America Saves welcomes the following new coordinators working with local campaigns:

  • Duke/Durham Saves – Anne Straneva, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and Gregory Dixon.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • First State Saves – Chrisi Lockwood, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Florida Saves – Taylor Spangler, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Kentucky Saves – Jonathan Stanley, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Mass Saves – Anahit Tokatlyan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Philly Saves – Soneyet Muhammad, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Virginia Saves in Northern Virginia, Megan Kuhn This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Wisconsin Saves – Kevin Smith, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
More Campaigns Join First-Time Workers Program
As America Saves expands its First-Time Workers program initially piloted with Young Illinois Saves, the following local campaigns have also joined to promote saving through summer employment programs:

  • Greater Cincinnati Saves
  • St. Louis Saves
  • Wisconsin Saves

America Saves participated in the Clinton Global Initiative with the First-Time Workers program as its commitment to action. The program is generously supported by JPMorgan Chase and Experian and is being used in Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Houston, Cincinnati, Washington, D.C., Evansville, Bryan, Jersey City, St. Louis, and Milwaukee.

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  • Written by Tammy G. Bruzon | January 16, 2017

    Saving even $50 of your #taxrefund can make all the difference. @SaveYourRefund: http://bit.ly/2i8VJvC @AmericaSaves

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