Community Roundup: COVID-19 Fraud Prevention, Community Learning Center, Achieving Reunification Center, and FAN Clubs

May 27, 2020

As stay-at-home orders have remained in place for the past month, so, too, has PFCU’s Accredited Financial Counselor Erin Ellis’ work to offer valuable financial education seminars and resources to the communities that PFCU serves.

On May 12, PFCU’s Ellis offered parents and caregivers from the Achieving Reunification Center (ARC) valuable tips and tricks for budgeting and saving, which are especially helpful during these uncertain times. The ARC provides services to parents and caregivers with a child in “out of home placement” in order to help reunify the family.

On May 13, students from the Community Learning Center (CLC) chatted online with Ellis about the importance of recognizing and preventing financial fraud and scams. Unfortunately, times of crisis are heavily littered with fraudsters and scammers looking to take advantage of those seeking help or support, so it is crucial for all to be able to spot the warning signs of a potential scam in order to protect themselves and their assets.

Also, on May 13, Ellis spoke with residents and staff from Depaul USA’s Local Advisory Committee about their current needs as well as concerns they are having surrounding fundraising. Those who look to Depaul for their shelter services are either employed or looking for employment, but they are almost all working in positions that are currently suspended indefinitely with no pay. This means they have had or will have to stay much longer than initially anticipated, and as a result, there has been increased demand in their services from both current and future residents.

Since scammers are taking advantage of unsuspecting consumers more than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ellis hosted a virtual COVID-19 Fraud Prevention Seminar for local community members on May 20. During the webinar, Ellis taught viewers how to protect themselves from economic impact scams; senior scams; online retail scams; charity scams; cures, vaccines, and testing scams; and more.

Throughout the month, Ellis has also continued hosting online Financial Advancement Network (FAN) Club sessions where she discusses payroll taxes, paystubs, and more with students to ensure they are continuing to hone their financial literacy skills. Ellis has been hosting sessions with WB Saul High School every Wednesday and with Belmont Charter School every Thursday.

It’s important to us that we continue to connect with our local community members, even if we can’t do it in person. If you are interested in hosting a virtual seminar for your community, 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.

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