Volunteers Needed for Financial Reality Fairs

Will the student’s salary as a local police officer allow her to buy a new hybrid automobile, get an extra bedroom in her furnished apartment, and lavish yummy treats on her new Shih Tzu puppy? Tough choices like these will tempt high school students at the Northwest Credit Union Foundation (NWCUF) Financial Reality Fairs in early 2013.

The Financial Reality Fairs will bring students to the state Capitol buildings during the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) Credit Union Day at the Capitol events, scheduled for Feb. 7, 2013, in Olympia, Wash., and March 13, 2013, in Salem, Ore.

The call has been issued for credit union volunteers to act as vendors and financial counselors during the events. Online volunteer registration is available for Salem and Olympia, with volunteers needed from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at each event.

Prior to arrival at the Financial Reality Fairs, the students will be assigned a career and a salary.

Once at the fair, they will be required to spend on necessities such as housing and transportation but will also have the opportunity to shop for pets, entertainment packages and tattoos.

When the live exercise is over, the students will meet with a financial counselor to review their worksheet, and they must show a balanced budget.

Kasey Rockwell, director of outreach programs for the NWCUA, recently witnessed and served as a volunteer for a Financial Reality Fair sponsored by the Credit Union League of Connecticut. The Connecticut model is well-established, and more than 10,000 students have now experienced a Financial Reality Fair in the state.

“I was struck by how seriously the students took the exercise,” Rockwell said. “And as a volunteer, I learned from the experience and had a blast.”

“Bringing the Financial Reality Fairs to Credit Union Day at the Capitol gives legislators a front-row seat, so they can witness all we’re doing in the credit union environment to provide financial education outreach,” said Lynn Heider, vice president of public relations and communications for the NWCUA. “Participating as a volunteer is a rewarding way to be hands-on during two of the most important regional advocacy events taking place in 2013.”


Questions or Concerns? Contact Matt Halvorson, Anthem Editor: mhalvorson@nwcua.org.

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