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February 24, 2018

1/4/2018 1:05:00 PM
Financial Empowerment on Wheels
Submitted by the City of Evanston


Progress bus

Free financial empowerment services are pulling up on wheels and community members are invited to get on board to take steps toward greater financial stability. The Evanston Public Library and the National Able Network welcome The Center for Economic Progress mobile financial empowerment center, Progress on the Go, to the Main Library on Saturday, January 13, 10 am to 3 pm, at the East Surface Parking Lot

This innovative 40 foot vehicle is fully equipped with computers, wi-fi , and privacy screens to accommodate tax preparation and other tax related and financial education services including:

  • Free Tax Help: Includes one-on-one with an IRS-certified volunteer tax pro; estimated time: 75 minutes.
  • Credit Building 101: How do I increase my credit score? Includes 30-minute group session and 30-minute one-on-one with volunteer Credit Geek.
  • Money Management 101: Do you have a spending plan that works for you? Includes 30-minute group session and 30-minute one-on-one with a volunteer financial coach.

Come aboard the bus to learn how to get smart about your money, your work, and your life. 

Trusted tax help, mainstream banking services, and reliable financial advice are out of reach for too many households in low-income communities. Life changes such as divorce, illness, and incurring student loan debt can push people to the financial brink. Reliable free services are needed now more than ever. 

"Literacy comes in many forms and EPL offers access to an incredible variety of literacy resources including those related to financial literacy. We're pleased to bring this innovative mobile center to Evanston to offer reliable, trustworthy, financial education to our residents," said Karen Danczak Lyons, EPL Library Director.

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