Kannapolis branch employees have reached out to assist their community with programs teaching budgeting and basic financial skills. One such relationship is with the SOAR program for highly functioning autistic adults. Jessica Mervine, a Senior Financial Services Officer, meets with the group between two and three times each month to discuss topics such as financial independence and avoiding financial exploitation. "Some of my favorite moments are hearing how they applied information from the lesson," she said. "Whether it’s how they showed their mom they can write a check now, or how they are using the savings plan we came up with to reach their own goals."
Mervine has also been involved with a local church’s program which provides information on budgeting and basic financial skill building to young mothers. "Having a chance to provide these young mothers with tools and resources for a stronger financial future is something that will help them for the rest of their lives," she said. "Not everyone has the same opportunities for financial education and being able to provide it free to our area is something that is incredible." Because of the success of this program, they are now partnering with local county agencies to assist foster children aging out of the system.
"Our branch continuously finds new ways to be involved in our community. We are involved with all age groups from elementary school students to our senior citizens," said Mervine. "Our endgame is strengthening our community as a whole," says Sara Purvis, also a Senior Financial Services Officer. "We like to think being involved is impactful to the success of our community, as well as our own."
Contact your local branch for additional information on resources available in your area.