Supporting Financial Capabilities in Our Communities

As our culture and society continues to grow in complexity, so does the need to understand personal finances and financial management. Centier has worked closely with the Indiana Department of Education, Indiana Council for Economic Education, American Bankers Association, FDIC, Indiana Bankers Association, and the Federal Reserve to implement and develop educational programs to support financial capabilities. These programs are designed to help children from kindergarten through high school, as well as adults and non-English speaking citizens.

Financial Literacy

Money $ense

Money Sense is a five-part television series designed to educate the public on personal financial issues and improve financial wellness. It is produced by Lakeshore Public Media in partnership with Centier Bank and the Plan Sponsor Council of America. Host Anthony Contrucci covers variety of topics including budgeting, financial planning, debt management, credit, protection against identity theft, and insurance. Money Sense is aired on Fridays at 8pm on Lakeshore Public Television. Lakeshore Public Television is available over the air on broadcast Channel 56.1, Comcast Channel 17 or 21, RCN Channel 4, and Channel 56 on AT&T U-Verse, DirectTV, and Dish Network.

More Info - http://lakeshorepublicmedia.org/local-programs/money-sense/

NWI Times article - Making Learning About Money Fun

NWI Times article on Financial Literacy - Fourth Graders Learning About Literacy

Money Smart Week

Centier continues to work closely with many organizations to prepare special programs for Money Smart Week. These programs are designed to help all ages learn more about money management and financial literacy. Centier is a significant partner in preparing and presenting these programs.

Indiana MSW Annual Report 2014

MSW 2014 YouTube Video

Money Smart Success Stories - FDIC Article

Bank on Northwest Indiana

Centier has partnered with local government leaders, financial institutions and community organizations to collaborate in the creation of appropriate and affordable basic banking products and improving access to the information unbanked individuals need to succeed in building a more stable financial future. Bank On NWI is the result of that successful collaboration.

Finding Ways to Help the Unbanked - Nwitimes Article

Workshop helps community organizations enhance clients’ financial skills - Nwitimes Article

Smart Choice Checking & Savings

Bank on Tippecanoe County

Get Smart About Credit

Get Smart About Credit is an innovative, effective and interactive program created for high school students that provides much-needed credit education. It helps to put young adults on the right financial track for a healthy credit future.

Contact Information - Michelle Steuer - (219) 755-6160 ext. 1867 - msteuer@centier.com

Family & Financial Resources

In an effort to assist you in finding quality and trustworthy resources for financial and family assistance, Centier Bank has partnered with MortgageKeeper Referral Services. MortgageKeeper referrals may be able to help you with rising expenses, unemployment, possible foreclosure or any financial hardship that you are facing. Use the “Looking For Local Help?” link on the left to generate referrals to local, state, and national assistance resources by simply entering your zip code. This service is FREE to consumers and requires no personal information. For additional assistance, contact us directly by phone at 219-755-6116, Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM CST or email us at Centier_MK@centier.com.

Other Literacy Resources

Northwest Indiana Literacy Coalition
http://nwiliteracy.org/literacy_programs.htm

Twenty-First Century Scholars Program - Apply Online
http://www.in.gov/ssaci/2429.htm

FDIC Consumer News
http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/news/

FDIC - Money Smart Consumer Based Instruction (CBI) Online Courses
http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/moneysmart/adult.html

More Information

To learn more about Centier's financial literacy programs please contact:

Dian Reyome, Financial Capabilities Officer/CRA Advocate

600 E. 84th Ave
Merrillville, IN 46410
(219) 755-6140 ext. 1832

dreyome@centier.com

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