Friday, February 19, 2010
Lyn Peters, Director of Communications
PH (360) 902-8731, Cell 360.349.8501, firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
"Washington Saves Week" Starts Sunday - DFI Joins WA Jump$tart Coalition In Asking Residents "Are You Saving?"
Washington joins national campaign in encouraging residents to increase personal savings.
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions is working with the Washington Jump$tart Coalition to promote Washington Saves Week as part of the national America Saves Week campaign.
Organizations throughout our state are coordinating Saves Week activities aimed at changing behavior change among individuals and families. Last year’s campaign resulted in nearly 20,000 people opened or added to savings products, saving $47 million.
Understanding that having an emergency savings, retirement funds and being able to manage one’s debt are crucial to Washington residents’ personal financial security, Governor Chris Gregoire has proclaimed Feb. 21-28, 2010 Washington Saves Week.
“Part of carrying out DFI’s mission — “Regulating financial services to protect and educate the public and promote economic vitality” — includes helping consumers get the information and financial education they need to make sound financial decisions,” DFI Director Scott Jarvis said. “Encouraging participation in Saves Week is an important component of that financial education.”
We invite all Washington residents to participate in Saves Week, Feb. 21-28, 2010 by visiting www.americasaves.org and enrolling to be an American Saver and by attending a Washington Saves Week event in your area.
A few events planned for the 2010 Washington Saves Week include:
Throughout Washington Saves Week
Call 2-1-1 or visit the Washington Information Network (WIN) online at www.win211.org for information about a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site near you to save money and get your taxes done for FREE! Learn how you can direct your return to a multiple accounts, including savings, using the Form 8888 from the IRS.
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 5:30 – 6 p.m.
Walla Walla Asset Building Coalition will host “Banking and Saving Resource Fair" at the YWCA of Walla Walla, Fireside Lounge.
In celebration of Washington Saves Week, the Walla Walla Asset Building Coalition will host a resource fair for students who are about to graduate from this season’s Money Smart class (sponsored and taught by Banner Bank). This event will provide students in the course the opportunity to ask questions of and create relationships with representatives from the following institutions: AmericanWest, Baker Boyer, Banner, Community Bank, US Bank, WaMu-Chase and Consumer Credit Counseling Services of the Tri-Cities.
For more information, contact Noah Leavitt at email@example.com or 509.529.4080)
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 4 - 6 p.m.
Auburn High School DECA is sponsoring a free “Rethink Money” event at Auburn City Hall.
The event will feature informational booths, workshops, and a competition for students. For more information contact Alyssa Opland at (253) 486-8916 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, Feb. 28, 2 - 4 p.m.
The Cowlitz Asset Building Coalition in conjunction with Cowlitz Saves Week will help youth complete a savings plan at the 2010 Celebration of Literacy at the Lower Columbia College Student Center in Longview. This is the second annual event offering financial literacy opportunities to area youth. Last year’s event resulted in more than 100 youth signing their own savings plan and taking information home to their parents regarding the Youth Saves Web site.
For details on more Washington Saves Week events, visit the Washington Saves calendar online at www.dfi.wa.gov/financial-education/wa-saves/events.htm.
A few ways your organization can get involved include:
- Distribute America Saves fliers and brochures and display America Saves posters
- Set up display/area for reading/research and Web access to saving, debt reduction and wealth building
- Host motivational workshops and topic seminars for patrons and employees
- Encourage enrollment as a Saver
- Place America Saves Week article(s) in employees newsletter and patron news
- Enclose an America Saves flier as a payroll stuffer
- Place a link to America Saves/Washington Saves on Web site and internal network
To learn more about the campaign and register, visit the national Web site www.americasavesweek.org or Washington Saves Week at www.dfi.wa.gov/financial-education/wa-saves/default.htm.
If you would like a presenter to come to your site, DFI and/or Washington Jump$tart member organizations can assist with finding a speaker. Send a request to email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Amy O’Donnell for more information at email@example.com.
Together we can show our support and commitment to helping our community members “Start Small, Think Big” and “Build Wealth, Not Debt.”
www.dfi.wa.gov ▪ 360.902.8700 ▪ 877.RINGDFI (746.4334)
The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions regulates a variety of financial service providers such as banks, credit unions, mortgage brokers, consumer loan companies, payday lenders and securities brokers and dealers. The department also works to improve financial education throughout Washington through its outreach programs and online clearinghouse www.dfi.wa.gov/financial-education. In addition to posting information about licensees and administrative actions, DFI uses the Web and social media to provide financial education information:
www.twitter.com/FinEd4All ▪ www.twitter.com/DFIConsumers ▪ finlit.blogspot.com ▪ www.youtube.com/user/WADFI ▪ www.homeownership.wa.gov
About America Saves
www.americasaves.org ▪ firstname.lastname@example.org ▪ 202-387-6121
America Saves is a nationwide campaign in which a broad coalition of nonprofit, corporate, and government groups helps individuals and families save and build wealth. Through information, advice, and encouragement, we assist those who wish to pay down debt, build an emergency fund, save for a home, save for an education, or save for retirement.
About Jump$tart Washington
www.wajumpstart.org ▪ email@example.com
Jump$tart Washington is a nonprofit coalition created to promote the need for financial education in Washington State. In 2009, we provided teacher training seminars, special events for students and succeeded in reaching thousands of consumers throughout the state. Our members include individuals, public and private organizations, educators, and non-profit associations – each passionate about making change and advancing our goal to:
- Raise awareness for the need and importance of personal financial literacy
- Increase the use of financial education programs in school and homes
- Grow support for the coalition
Jump$tart Washington Vision Statement
Financial empowerment for Washington residents.
Jump$tart Washington Mission Statement
Jump$tart Washington promotes the development of personal finance skills of Washington residents, with emphasis on education for K-college youth.