Financial Help Offered Through University’s Education Conference
January 29, 2013 – Tax strategies, retirement planning and understanding Medicare and benefits are among the topics highlighted during the university’s eighth annual Financial Education Conference, which began Jan. 9 and runs through Feb. 26.
“Financial well-being so directly impacts other areas of well-being, we must make it a priority,” says Charles DeSantis, associate vice president of benefits and chief benefits officer. “I believe that members of our community understand the value they're getting from [these] targeted presentations …”
The conference has offered seminars on estate planning, saving for college and the financial aspects of dealing with dependents with special needs.
“Our attendance and participation thus far have reflected the interest our community has in learning and growing,” DeSantis says. “Faculty and staff from throughout the university have been taking part and asking great questions.”
The conference also features a clothing swap that allows university community members to bring in clothing and trade it for another donated article of clothing on Feb. 1 from noon to 3 p.m.
“The clothing swap ties in with the spirit of the Financial Education Conference because we really want to enable people to kick off 2013 with a fresh perspective,” DeSantis says. “We think the clothing swap is a light way to take stock of what's working for you and let go of what isn't – to the benefit of yourself and others.”
Those who don’t have clothes to swap are still welcome to participate. Canned goods will be accepted in lieu of clothing items, and a free-for-all hour from 2-3 p.m. will open up the swap to the community with no donation required.
Remaining clothing and canned goods will be donated to Martha’s Table, a local organization dedicated to ending the cycle of poverty through education and family resources.
For more clothing swap information and rules, visit the benefits website.