Money$mart Week Set for Oregon, Washington

The Jump$tart Coalitions of Oregon and Washington have set their state Money$mart weeks for April 2-9 and April 23-30, respectively.

While this is the second consecutive year Jump$tart Washington has organized a MoneySmart Week, 2011 marks the first year the public awareness campaign will be in the Beaver State. It was announced at the Oregon Financial Summit earlier this year. See the full Oregon Partner Kit.

If your organization is planning a financial education event or is otherwise interested in participating in Oregon Money$mart Week, Jump$tart is currently seeking volunteers for its Committee. Contact committee chair Ryan McKernan.

Credit unions in Washington that are planning a financial education event and would like to participate in that state’s Money$mart Week, including having your event included in the listing of Money Smart Week partners contact Jump$tart Washington for more information. While Jump$tart Washington is encouraging partners to consider choosing topics aimed toward youth, families and/or parents, it welcomes groups that provide financial education to the general public and students of all ages.

The Federal Reservre Bank of Chicago has set up state-by-state Money$mart Week websites that give participants the ability to self-list their Money$smart Week events.

See a list of Washington events.

See a list of Oregon events.

Self-listing an event is easy.

  • Once on the website, click on “Partner Tools” (Red Link on right hand side);
  • If you are asked for a password and log in, type Oregon for log in and MSW for password (it is case sensitive);
  • Once your event info is entered, hit the “review” button;
  • This will submit your event to be published.

Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of organizations across the state including businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and the media. The campaign allows the groups to come together once a year to stress the importance of financial literacy, inform consumers where they can get help, and provide free educational seminars and activities throughout the week. Programming is offered to different audiences and covers all facets of personal finance.

Money Smart Week began as a coordinated effort of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Money Smart Advisory Council – a diverse group of more than 40 Chicago-area organizations working together to promote personal financial literacy. Members agreed to share resources and ideas to achieve greater public awareness of the programs and services available in the city of Chicago. The result was Money Smart Week 2002, a week of 40 financial seminars and educational activities. The Money Smart Week model has since spread throughout the Midwest.

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