Monday, October 23rd, 2017

MarkleBank continues financial education

Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011

MarkleBank announces the continued growth of its Financial Literacy Program. Inspired by the substantial need in the communities it serves, MarkleBank continues to expand a high-quality comprehensive financial education program that is designed to reach every segment of local communities, regardless of age or economic background.

Early in 2010 MarkleBank launched the Financial Literacy Program and this summer MarkleBank hired retired business teacher, Debbie Darnell to lead the charge as the Financial Education Director. The goal of MarkleBank’s Financial Literacy Program is to help people in our communities better understand banking and finances by providing information, resources, and presentations to schools, public seminars, businesses, service clubs, church groups, expos and events.

October is the American Bankers Association Education Foundation’s Get Smart About Credit Month. This month and throughout the year MarkleBankers will be sharing banking “know-how” with the communities they serve. Personal finance is more complex than ever before. “We are tremendously excited to have the ability to share our financial knowledge with our communities” Darnell said. “We are fortunate to be able to make a difference in the financial education of the people in northeast Indiana.”

Many MarkleBankers are active in financial education efforts informally every day, by providing one-on-one counseling with depositors and borrowers. A large number of bankers are also making time in their schedules to teach financial education classes through Junior Achievement, local libraries, schools, and other venues.

In addition, MarkleBank has partnered with Newspapers in Education (NIE) from Fort Wayne Newspapers to circulate the “Consumer Jungle” series that offers six bi-weekly financial education lessons and a paper, Focus On Finances, that will be distributed to area schools in April. MarkleBank also continues to make the How To Do Your Banking program available to 14 local high schools and middle schools.

“Given the economically uncertain times we live in, it is particularly important to prepare people to understand and participate in their own financial well-being through education in personal financial literacy” said Darnell. “This vital skill can be taught through a variety of subject areas and will help members of our communities to prepare for a sound financial future.” MarkleBank is a bank subsidiary of Independent Alliance Banks, headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana. MarkleBank currently operates seven full-service community banking centers, the main office in Markle, two offices in Bluffton, one in Warren, Huntington, Fort Wayne, Van Buren and an Ossian location opening in 2012.