Money Smart Week

Are you Money Smart?

In tough economic times it pays to be smart with money. But it can be hard to find the right answers to your questions about personal finances. In 2002, The Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago identified this need and created Money Smart Week. Money Smart Week (MSW) is a public awareness campaign that is designed to educate the community about personal finances.

United Way of East Central Iowa is working in partnership with the community to help over 1,400 households achieve long-term financial stability by 2016. One way to build long-term financial stability, is to build financial knowledge that supports households in knowing how they can secure, manage and grow their assets. United Way has joined many participating entities in planning local financial education events during Money Smart Week since 2007. The goal of MSW is for local communities to organize events that increase awareness and knowledge of personal financial matters of attendees. These events are required to be free and without solicitation of products and services.

Come and participate in a variety of events held across Cedar Rapids on topics ranging from budgeting and saving to credit, home buying, and identity theft. To see the current list of events go to

EventsClick here to register

Scout Night
Monday, April 7, 2014
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Cedar Rapids Public Library
450 5th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids

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Community Goal

Increase the number of financially stable households by 15%.

1,429 households in 5 years

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United Way Partners with Banks and Credit Unions to Help Low-Income Families

In an effort to help over 1,400 households become financially stable, it is important that we help low-income families develop financial management skills and access financial mainstream services.

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