Are you Money Smart?

55Money Smart Week, in its 10th year, appropriately falls during April’s National Financial Literacy Month. The public awareness campaign stresses the importance of financial literacy and offers free educational seminars from April 21-28. IABG partners across the state are hosting workshop and seminars to help households build their financial stability.

Throughout Chicago, Heartland Alliance’s Asset Building Program is offering financial education workshops that are open to the public.  We’ll be hosting the following events:

April 24th: Own Your Values & Financial Future
How do you decide how to spend your money?  This workshop will focus on discovering how your priorities and values impact your spending and savings habits.
When: Tuesday, April 24th, 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Where: Heartland Alliance – 400 W. 76th St. Suite 110 in Chicago
RSVP to: Karen – 773.336.6078

April 24th: Make Credit Work for You (in Spanish)
Confused by credit? We’ll discuss what credit is, when to use it, and how to access and understand your credit report and score.
When: Tuesday, April 24th, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Where: Park Federal Bank/Neighborhood Housing Services – 1823 W. 47th Street in Chicago
RSVP to: Gloria – 773.358.3854

April 25th: Speed Banking
What bank is right for you?  Learn how to assess banks and different banking products based on your needs.  Get answers to your banking questions.  Bilingual representatives from local banks and credit unions will be present to give individualized attention.
When: Wednesday April 25th, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Where: Chicago Math & Science Academy – 7212 N. Clark in Chicago
RSVP to: Carmen – 773.336.6051

April 25th: How to Buy a Good Used Car
Looking for a used car?  Learn what to look for and how to get a good deal.  Talk with representatives from North Side Federal Credit Union about financing options.
When: Wednesday April 25th, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Where: Heartland Alliance – 1207 W. Leland in Chicago
RSVP to: Kimberly – 773.336.6033

April 25th: Make Credit Work for You
Confused by credit? We’ll discuss what credit is, when to use it, and how to access and understand your credit report and score.
When: Wednesday, April 25th, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Where: Parkside of Old Town – Community Room – 544 W. Oak St., 3rd Floor, in Chicago
RSVP to: Shuron – 312.399.4839

April 25th: Achieve Your Goals – Assets Made Possible
Planning to make a big purchase?  Learn the basics of preparing for large ticket items, such as purchasing a home.  We’ll talk about credit requirements, down payments, mortgages, predatory lending and much more!
When: Wednesday, April 25th, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Where: Northern Trust Bank – 7801 S. State Street in Chicago
RSVP to: Larry – 773.358.3850

In addition to these offerings, Heartland Alliance & Heartland Human Care Services is partnering with several groups to offer private financial education workshops to their employees and other community stakeholders during Money Smart Week, including PNC Bank, Urban Partnership Bank, S&C Electric, the Illinois Education Foundation, and the local Army Battalion.  For more information about financial education and HHCS asset building programs, please email me, Carmen Jimenez, or call 773.336.6051.

We hope you’ll join us for Money Smart Week!

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