Financial Literacy Month

April is National Financial Literacy Month, a designation that is obviously near and dear to Orion’s heart.  Talking with our members about how to improve their financial lives is something we do on a daily basis – and we love the opportunity this month brings to take those talks to a whole new level of outreach.  All throughout April, we’re conducting financial education classes and workshops at Memphis schools and community partners on subjects ranging from budgeting, saving, managing credit, and paying down debt.

We’re proud to have been invited to share our resources and knowledge at the following events:

St. George's Independent School, Trevia Chatman, Kallar McCown, Courtney Lynch
Trevia Chatman, Orion Business Development Officer (far left), Kallar McCown, Collierville Branch Manager (2nd from left), and Courtney Lynch. Raleigh Branch Manager (far right) at St. George’s.

St. George’s Independent School has begun offering life classes for parents of students at their Memphis campus on Kimball Avenue.  Orion was invited to lead the inaugural financial education session.

Jerry Mershon, Memphis Public Library
Jerry Mershon, Director of Training at Orion, leading a class at the Memphis Library.

Seeking to raise employee awareness of Financial Literacy Month, Memphis Public Libraries invited Orion to conduct onsite classes at their Main and Whitehaven branches.  In addition, the Library Foundation requested Orion’s help in creating an ongoing educational program geared more towards teens for their Cloud901 Lab – a project we’re excited to plan and develop with them.

Orion has held monthly lunch-and-learns for Regional One employees at their Medical District campus for over a year.  The ever-growing number of attendees at these presentations earned us an invitation to develop an entire financial education curriculum for their employees.

Trevia Chatman, MIFA
Trevia Chatman, Orion Business Development Officer (2nd from left) at MIFA

Earlier in the year, MIFA asked us to speak to seniors about financial issues unique to those living on a fixed-income.  The event drew a large crowd and covered a range of topics from reevaluating insurance options to managing social security issues.