Financial Fitness Day Offers Free Money Management Help

Year after year, three of the most popular New Year's resolutions remain the same—get a better job, manage debt, and save money. If you're motivated to work on these goals right now, you may wonder where you can turn for help. Fortunately, Financial Fitness Day is on the horizon.

This unique event—scheduled on Saturday, March 9, at the Rainier Community Center—offers one-on-one help for many financial issues all in one location, brought to you by the City of Seattle and the Seattle-King County Asset Building Collaborative.

At Financial Fitness Day, you can get help filing your tax returns, printing a free credit report and reviewing it, opening a bank account, creating a household budget, developing a plan for retirement, understanding options to foreclosure, applying for public benefits (including Social Security), starting or growing a business, and shredding confidential documents. New this year will be help for veterans and assistance on job applications. All of these services are completely free.

Free workshops throughout the day will cover retirement planning, credit reports, home ownership, dealing with debt collectors, money management, and job readiness and employment resources.

Financial Planning Resources for Older Adults

Senior Information and Assistance
Provides free information and referral service for adults age 60 and older and for family and friends helping care for the older adults.

Benefits CheckUp
Interactive online program that finds programs to help older adults pay for prescription drugs, health care, meals, utility bills, and more.

Age 55+ Employment Resource Center (Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens)
Provides job coaching, training, and referrals for Seattle residents age 55+.

AARP Foundation Workforce Information Network

King County Property Tax Relief
Includes Senior Citizen/Disabled deferrals and exemptions and low income deferrals.

National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA)

Solid Ground Homeless Prevention Programs
Includes housing counseling services and a mortgage counseling hotline.

Washington State Homeownership Information Hotline
Free foreclosure counseling.

"The success of last year's Financial Fitness Day demonstrated that there is a continuing need for access to high-quality financial advice," said Diana Stone, Director of the Seattle King-County Asset Building Collaborative. "This is an amazing opportunity for our community members to receive a tremendous array of free services designed to help people understand, manage, and improve their financial situations. We're offering people hands-on opportunities with experts from over 40 participating agencies to save money and make plans to help them reach realistic financial goals."

Daniel, a small business owner from Bellevue, attended Financial Fitness Day last year and said he won't miss it again: "I have gained incredible insight on how to handle my family's finances, advice and strategies for the businesses I own, suggestions on paying for my children's college education, how to build my credit score in a reasonable manner, and several ways to increase my net worth. The opportunity to attend these events has been instrumental to me and my family, and I strongly recommend Financial Fitness Day to anyone looking for financial security and peace of mind." 

Another participant, Barbara from Seattle, said, "I was able to see how I can transition from homelessness onto my own two feet and start building a future. I met with a financial planner, a lawyer, and someone from the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic. I got referrals for help with debt, credit, and financial management."

"We are proud of the way that these organizations have united in common cause to provide access to financial education and services," said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. "When we help others succeed, we make our community stronger."

Financial Fitness Day takes place on Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Rainier Community Center (4600 38th Ave S, Seattle). For more information—especially if you need special accommodations, language interpretation, or child care—or to register for the event, visit www.skcabc.org/FinancialFitnessDay or call 888-864-8549.