Arkansas State Treasurer and CALS to Offer Free Financial Education Series

Partnership Promotes Financial Literacy Month

In recognition of April as Financial Literacy Month, Arkansas Treasurer of State Dennis Milligan’s office is teaming up with the Central Arkansas Library System to host a free virtual financial education series. The partnership will feature four weekly sessions that begin Tuesday, April 20. The sessions will be presented by local financial experts. Topics will include budgeting, saving money on taxes, preparing for a child’s education, and navigating finances during major life challenges such as illness or aging parents.

“We’re excited to join the Central Arkansas Library System in offering this unique program. It seemed like a natural fit since my office and CALS share a common responsibility to make information available to Arkansans,” Milligan explained. “Our goal with this series is to help take the fear out of finances, especially for those who’ve been putting off educating themselves about saving and budgeting.”

The four-week financial education series runs each Tuesday through May 11. Sessions are presented live on the library system’s Zoom virtual platform and will be recorded for later viewing.

Each session begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be approximately one hour in length. Although they are free to attend, registration is required for each presentation.

“Regardless of where we are in life, at times we can all use a little advice from experts on how to get the most out of what we earn and save,” said Nate Coulter, executive director for Central Arkansas Library System. “Treasurer Milligan and I believe that one hour a week for four weeks is a small investment of time for what could be life-changing information.” 

The schedule is as follows:

April 20: “Understanding Financial Basics” presented by BankOn Arkansas+

April 27: “Basics of Budgeting & Saving” presented by Orion Federal Credit Union

May 4: “Basics of Financial Planning” presented by StrongTower Wealth Management

May 11: “Planning for Major Life Changes” presented by The Wilson Law Group

To register, visit the library’s website at https://cals.org/financial-literacy-month-workshops/ or the Treasury’s website at https://www.artreasury.gov/events-feed/.

“We want to encourage people to keep learning so they can better navigate everyday life, no matter their age,” Coulter said.

“In the end, we hope these sessions inspire people to take charge of their financial wellbeing regardless of their economic position,” Milligan added.

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