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Community Roundup: Community Learning Center, Achieving Reunification Center, Anti-Hunger, Drexel’s Center for Inclusive Education and Scholarship, and FAN Clubs

May 5, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a lot of confusion as the current situation quickly evolves and misinformation spreads. But when it comes to finances, we should be feeling anything but confused. To ensure that our members and our community feel properly informed when it comes to the financial implications of this pandemic and other general financial matters that may be unclear, PFCU’s Accredited Financial Counselor® Erin Ellis has worked diligently to move PFCU’s Financial Education Program online.

As priorities have shifted over the past few months, so too have the priorities for financial information and education. One of the most pressing topics for many people has been the Economic Impact Payment (EIP), and while this payment is simple and straightforward for some, it can become very complicated and confusing for others. To mitigate any confusion, Ellis has worked hard to help our nonprofit partners navigate the EIP to ensure that the people they serve receive their payment as quickly as possible. During the stay-at-home order, organizations have been and continue to work harder than ever to stay in touch with people who need their help.

One of the nonprofit organizations Ellis has been working with this month is the Community Learning Center (CLC), which has moved all adult literacy and general education classes online in only one week. On April 22, Ellis lent support by presenting valuable information about the EIP to the staff, teachers, and adult education students at the CLC.

On April 24, Ellis held an informational seminar during an all-staff meeting at the Achieving Reunification Center (ARC), which provides services to parents and caregivers with a child in “out of home placement” in order to help reunify the family. During this seminar, Ellis shared valuable resources about the EIP with staff members to help them better direct parents and caregivers to access their EIP as they provide services remotely.

On April 29, Ellis joined an Anti-Hunger call led by the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services to discuss any problems and issues anyone was having with the EIP. The call consisted of 94 anti-hunger partners who came together to discuss city-specific updates, organization updates, and any resources that are needed or have been offered.

Also, on April 29, Ellis spoke to Drexel University students from Drexel’s Center for Inclusive Education and Scholarship (CIES), which provides support for programs which serve traditionally underrepresented and underserved populations. Ellis spoke with students who are about to graduate and answered their questions about managing money once they graduate and get a full-time job, budgeting, managing student loans, and credit cards. 

Ellis has also taken her typically in-person Financial Advancement Network (FAN) Clubs online, starting with Belmont Charter School. During these weekly meetings, Ellis discusses payroll taxes, paystubs, and more to ensure these students are continuing to hone their financial literacy skills.

If you are interested in hosting a seminar in your community or at your place of employment, PFCU’s seminars are always free and offered on a variety of topics. We will work with you to schedule the most convenient time for a virtual seminar. If you would like to schedule a one- or two-hour financial education seminar, please contact Erin Ellis at financialeducation@pfcu.com.

Financial Education Seminar via Zoom
PFCU’s Erin Ellis leading a financial education seminar via Zoom.

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