Third annual Financial Fitness Day offers free money management help

Written by on February 19, 2013 in Local and National News - No comments

Just about everyone could use a little extra help when it comes to managing their money. Mark your calendars for the third annual Financial Fitness Day to get access to resources to help you better manage your finances.
The Financial Fitness Day is from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at the Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S., in Seattle. Don’t miss this unique event that offers one-on-one help for many financial issues all in one location — brought to you by the City of Seattle and the Seattle-King County Asset Building Collaborative.
People who attend Financial Fitness Day will receive help filing their tax returns; printing and reviewing free credit reports; opening bank accounts; creating household budgets; developing plans to get out of debt; understanding options to foreclosure, applying for public benefits such as child care, food stamps, and utility assistance; learning to write a resume or apply for a job online; starting or growing a business; and shredding confidential documents.
All of these services are completely free. Free workshops throughout the day will cover credit reports; homeownership; dealing with debt collectors; money management, job readiness and employment resources; and planning for retirement.
Neighborhood House will be one of many participating agencies at the event, and will offer practical tips for budgeting to visitors.
“The success of last year’s Financial Fitness Day demonstrated that there is a continuing need for access to high-quality financial advice. This is an amazing opportunity for our community members to receive a tremendous array of free services designed to help people understand, manage, and improve their financial situations,” said Diana Stone, Director of the Seattle King-County Asset Building Collaborative. “We’re offering people hands-on opportunities with experts from over 40 participating agencies to save money and make plans to help them reach realistic financial goals.”
Last year, Daniel, a small business owner from Bellevue attended Financial Fitness Day and said he won’t miss it again: “I have gained incredible insight on how to handle my family’s finances, advice and strategies for the businesses I own, suggestions on paying for my children’s college education, how to build my credit score in a reasonable manner, and several ways to increase my net worth. The opportunity to attend these events has been instrumental to me and my family, and I strongly recommend Financial Fitness Day to anyone looking for financial security and peace of mind.”
Another participant, Barbara from Seattle, explained, “I was able to see how I can transition from homelessness onto my own two feet and start building a future. I met with a financial planner, a lawyer, and someone from the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic. I got referrals for help with debt, credit, and financial management.”
“We are proud of the way that these organizations have united in common cause to provide access to financial education and services”, said Mayor Mike McGinn. “When we help others succeed, we make our community stronger.”
For more information or to register, visit www.skcabc.org/FinancialFitnessDay or call 888-864-8549. Those who require special accommodations, language interpretation or child care are particularly encouraged to RSVP.

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