Last week was MoneySmart Week in Illinois, and Popular Community Bank was heavily involved. Between Monday and Friday, Popular Community Bank hosted more than 25 events all over the Chicagoland area.
Throughout the week, employees provided free financial education at local libraries, non-profit organizations and schools. The presentations covered a wide range of topics, from planning for retirement to saving money and identity theft, and were attended by an equally wide range of our neighbors. Presentations were made to groups of seniors, young parents, families and businesses throughout the week.
Popular Community Bank, working with Operation HOPE, also spent time visiting elementary schools in Chicago. Employees visited Pilsen Community Academy on Thursday and Patrick Henry Elementary School on Friday, and presented basic financial education to almost 500 students between 4th and 6th grade.
Also, on Friday, Popular Community Bank Chief Operating Officer Manuel Chinea joined a number of business owners from the Chicago area at a special presentation in Oak Brook. Ken Olson, President of Horton Benefit Solutions at The Horton Group, led a discussion surrounding the implications of new health care laws that begin in 2014. Olson is a nationally recognized expert on the upcoming changes, and led a fantastic discussion.
Popular Community Bank also presented financial education to our employees throughout the week, offering opportunities to discuss retirement planning, savings and credit education.
Overall, MoneySmart Week 2013 was a great success. Providing financial education in our communities is important to us, and this was another opportunity for us to work with hundreds of individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
Thank you to everyone that attended!