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500 FREE PROGRAMS in 50 MICHIGAN COUNTIES OVER 8 DAYS

April 18-25, 2015

Part of Federal Reserve Bank’s Money Smart Week®

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Michigan – Hundreds of Michigan organizations are hosting Money Smart Week® events that are free to attend and free from sales pitches. Michigan is home to more than 500 financial education events taking place during Money Smart Week®, April 18-25, 2015. To find events in your area, visit www.MoneySmartWeek.org.

Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign to promote financial education across all age groups, financial situations, and walks of life. Launched in 2002 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the program is now active in more than 45 states through national partnerships with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Cooperative Extension and the American Library Association.

Michigan partners include the Michigan Credit Union League & Affiliates, Financial Planning Association of Michigan, Library of Michigan (and 200 hosting libraries across our state), and hundreds of organizations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Significant campaigns will be taking place April 18-25 in Southeast Michigan, Lansing, the Greater Grand Rapids area, Berrien County, Muskegon County, the Alpena area, Saginaw County and St. Clair County, among others.

“Money Smart Week began as a coordinated effort among a small group of Chicago area organizations working to promote financial literacy,” said Alejo Torres, Senior Outreach Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. “Today, Money Smart Week continues to expand nationally, providing greater awareness of, and access to, personal finance resources for all.”

“I’m proud to serve as State Chair for Money Smart Week and lead the effort in Michigan,” added Kelly Masters, Money Smart Week Chair. It’s a privilege to work with such a committed and growing community of grassroots leaders who are dedicated to serving their fellow Michiganders, to improve lives and our state as a whole.”

Several unique programs are made possible by the generous underwriting support of Ally Financial, Financial Planning Association of Michigan and Michigan Credit Union League. Money Smart Week events are open to the public at libraries, nonprofits, government agencies, places of worship, businesses, and schools throughout the country on topics including kids and money, unemployment, entrepreneurship, retirement and more. To learn more about Money Smart Week® visitwww.MoneySmartWeek.org .

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