Introducing Money Matters! It Pay$ To Learn!
Neighbors has launched a brand new interactive, online financial education initiative! The program is called Money Matters and is available as a complimentary service to provide educational resources to the Greater Baton Rouge community and area schools to manage their finances and plan for the future.
Money Matters For Everyone
We understand it can be difficult to make time to learn. So we are making it a little sweeter for participants! We’re providing monetary incentives to complete these educational modules!
These incentives include:
- $100 added to a new Neighbors Federal Credit Union checking account after the account has been opened for 90 days for completion of the “Money Basics” modules.
- $250 in lender’s credit that can be applied toward closing costs of a mortgage loan financed through Neighbors Federal Credit Union for completion of the “Buying a Home” modules.
- 10,000 reward points added to the user’s Neighbors Clear | Elite or Clear | Point credit card for completion of the “Loans and Payments” modules.
- Every user will be entered for a chance to win $50 cash or gift card equivalent at the end of each month that a module is completed.
Money Matters offers an assortment of adult financial education learning topics, with subjects including building emergency savings, mortgage education and retirement planning. Each learning topic is 3-10 minutes in length and is designed to encourage participants to build financial confidence via a series of interactive activities. The mobile and tablet-friendly program is available in English and Spanish.
This resource is free and available to the public through Neighbors FCU’s company website. The program may be accessed at https://www.neighborsfcu.org/financial-education
According to Bankrate, 63 percent of Americans do not have enough money saved to cover a $500 emergency. We are committed to empowering families, individuals and the Greater Baton Rouge community with the skills they need to change this trend and thrive financially.
“One of our top priorities as a credit union is to empower the communities we serve,” Neighbors President and CEO Steve Webb said. “Often times, people want to better themselves financially but lack the know-how. Our Money Matters platform is free and available to the public through our website.”
K-12 Financial Literacy Education
The other part of this program is we’ll be providing a financial literacy curriculum free of charge to schools in the NFCU service area. This curriculum will satisfy the legislative mandate for schools to provide financial education as outlined in Senate Bill 315 signed into Act No. 154 last year.
“With schools now being legislatively mandated to provide financial literacy education, the burden on schools to provide a quality education is higher than ever before,” Webb said. “We are happy to provide a bit of relief for our schools by providing the materials needed to satisfy that requirement free of charge to the school.”
Green Path Financial Wellness
Money Matters isn’t all Neighbors is doing to help keep Baton Rouge financially smart! Neighbors FCU has partnered with Green Path Financial Wellness to offer our members access to free, one-on-one financial counseling, debt management services and financial education tools. All of this can be accessed at https://www.neighborsfcu.org/financial-education/.
These programs are a reflection of Neighbors FCU’s core values of community involvement and supporting education. Neighbors FCU believes it is a credit union’s role to improve and empower the communities it serves. Neighbors FCU started as Baton Rouge Teachers FCU, so investing in education is one of its founding principles and continues to be a priority for the credit union.
In 2018, Neighbors estimates contributing a total value of $141,928 toward education, which includes $15,000 in scholarships from the Neighbors Way Tuition Assistance Award, $40,985 given back to local high schools through the Mascot Checking Program, and roughly $60,000 spent building new financial literacy centers at Walker High School and Denham Springs High School.