ICFF October 2012 Newsletter

ICFF announces Indy Parks partnership

Indy’s Campaign for Financial Fitness has announced a new strategy for helping residents become financially fit, including a new partnership with the Indy Parks department to help bring Free Tax Preparation, Bank On Indy and Financial Education out into the community.

The plan is to use the park system’s 19 Family Centers to make outreach efforts more accessible to residents, with a goal of increasing the number of people served.

Jen Pittman, Deputy Director of Indy Parks, says her department is excited about the new opportunity.

“Indy Parks is delighted to partner with ICFF to bring financial fitness into our Family Centers with programming for park visitors, and through professional development for our staff. The peace of mind that comes with financial stability will allow park patrons to relax and enjoy our recreation and community events even more,” she said.

“And we want our staff to serve as front-line ambassadors for promoting this important new addition to our program roster.”

As part of this new partnership, ICFF/Bank On Indy is asking Financial Partners to each “adopt” a family center where they can expand their banking outreach services.

For more information, please email  RuthAnn.Walker@indy.gov.

VITA gearing up for tax season

The ICFF team has been meeting with local community organizations, educational institutions, corporations and other interested parties to recruit volunteers for the coming tax filing season, said Kate McKnight, Chairperson of the ICFF-VITA Program. They are also looking to publicize a new option for Marion County residents to prepare their own taxes for free using web-based software.

In 2013, Central Indiana residents with a combined household income under $57,000 will be able to log onto the MyFreeTaxes.com website and electronically file a federal and state return – at no charge! Many of our partners will be placing a link to the MyFreeTaxes.com website on their websites for easy access by clients and employees.

But it gets even better! Local volunteers will also provide telephone and online support for MyFreeTaxes.com users.

This new collaboration will provide a new volunteer opportunity as well as allow more local residents to learn how to prepare their own tax returns using state-of-the-art, user-friendly software. Watch for more detailed information in next month’s newsletter!

Financial Partners look ahead to 2013

ICFF Financial Partners gathered in the Mayor’s Conference Room on the 25th floor of the Indianapolis City-County Building on Sept. 25 for the latest quarterly Update Meeting. They learned about the new direction and goals of ICFF and helped suggest ideas for upcoming events and outreach programs.

Quarterly meetings for next year are scheduled for Jan. 5, 2013; May 21, 2013; and Sept. 17, 2013.

Financial Planning Day set for Oct. 27

Financial Planning Day is just around the bend! It will be held Oct. 27 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Purdue Extension Building, 1202 E. 38th St.

This free public event is one of the biggest annual outreach opportunities to help Indianapolis residents become more financially aware, secure and in charge. There will be classroom workshops with professional financial planners, plus one-on-one consultations!

For more information, call toll free (877) 861-7826, or visit  www.FinancialPlanningDays.org.

Indy Chamber helps ICFF

The Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce is helping Indy’s Campaign for Financial Fitness get the word out! Information on ICFF was included in the chamber’s recent Monday Morning Memo, seen by more than 8,000 area business leaders. They also are preparing a story to run in their upcoming Business Ownership Initiative newsletter, which reaches more than 5,000 small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Product information updates

The ICFF team is updating the Bank On Indy product information for each Financial Partner. Partners are asked to review their financial institution’s information at

http://www.bankonindy.org/faqs/. Please follow the same format used on the website.
If you do not see your institution’s product sheet, or have any updates or changes to your information, please email RuthAnn.Walker@indy.gov.

Federal info on unbanked

Carol Gassen at Salin Bank passed along these helpful links to information from the federal government on unbanked populations and how to better serve them. Thanks Carol!

FDIC National Survey

Federal Reserve Bulletin

Mark your calendar!

ICFF quarterly meetings for next year are scheduled for Jan. 5, 2013; May 21, 2013; and Sept. 17, 2013.

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