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Free Financial Literacy Workshop in Derby on Sept 22

DERBY — The Dailey Memorial Library is hosting a free workshop by certified financial educator Cody Fiala next week.

On September 22, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Fiala will lead the workshop called “It’s Your Money! Protect It.”

The event is open to all residents of Derby and nearby communities.

The format welcomes questions and invites personal reflection, and provides actionable information to help individuals protect their money by learning how to:

Check their credit accuracy, address inaccuracies & strengthen their credit score

Develop a spending plan intended to help them achieve their personal financial goals

Prevent fraudulent access to, & use of, their personal & financial information

Cody Fiala is a Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor in the OCU Money$ense Financial Education Program.

She has decades of professional experience at several Vermont nonprofit organizations where she specialized in education loan repayment counseling, data analysis, revenue & expense projections, and operational budget management.

“This workshop is important for the community, especially at this time when so many of us are facing economic uncertainty and personal financial hardship, because it provides information people can act upon to protect their hard-earned income, assets and financial goals,” Fiala said, “When so much about the economy is beyond our individual control, it can be empowering to know specific actions we can take as individuals to help protect our personal finances.”

Opportunities Credit Union (OCU) is a Vermont nonprofit focused on improving the financial stability of Vermonters.

Its mission is to bring affordable capital and financial services to low-income and other traditionally underserved populations.

With members from over 220 towns in Vermont, the group says they recognize that each member has their own unique story and financial goals.

The Money$ense Financial Education Program at OCU offers a range of Financial Literacy Workshops and One on One Financial Mentoring sessions to Vermont residents along the path towards their personal financial goals.

OCU workshops typically focus in-depth on a topic such as personal budgeting, individual credit, or the home buying process.

These workshops have helped to demystify credit scores, provide useful budgeting tips and apps, and illuminate the many steps in a home buying process, as well as how to prepared one’s finances for that investment.

This new workshop, “It’s Your Money! Protect It,” looks at two of these topics through the lens of learning how to use credit and budget as tools to help protect our hard-earned money, while adding the critical tool of fraud awareness, which is an increasing threat to our individual financial security.

For more information contact Cody Fiala at 802-495-5452.

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