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January 20th, 2012

Grab a Pig to Promote Financial Literacy!

The Tennessee Saves Coalition in Chattanooga is asking area organizations to adopt and decorate piggy banks to promote financial literacy at the annual Piggy Bank Parade on March 21. This year’s parade will again be held at the Chamber Business Expo on March 21.  Last year, 46 groups created a variety of “piggish” themes that promotes both their organizations and good financial habits.

This year, representatives from businesses, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and schools and universities are being asked to adopt and decorate a ceramic piggy bank provided by the Tennessee Saves Coalition. This is part of the sixth annual Tennessee Saves Week celebration.

The registration deadline to participate is Friday, February 17, 2012. You can register online at www.uwchatt.org/pigsonparadeformor you can call June Puett with the University of Tennessee Hamilton County Extension Services at423-855-6113.

The deadline to pick up pigs for decoration is Thursday, March 1, 2012. Pick up locations for the piggy banks include the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce and the offices for the University of Tennessee Hamilton County Extension Services, located at  6183 Adamson Circle, just off of Bonny Oaks Drive.  

Decorated banks should be returned no later than Friday, March 9, 2012. On-line voting for the best piggy banks will take place from March 14 to March 21at  www.facebook.com/TennesseeSavesChattanoogaChapter.  Just find the photo of your favorite piggy entry for 2012 and “Like” it.

You can also vote on your favorite pig at the Chamber Business Expo at the Chattanooga Trade and Convention Center on Wednesday, March 21. Winners will be announced before 5 p.m. that day.

The Tennessee Saves coalition is comprised of area agencies that motivate youth and adults to set financial goals such as saving money and reducing debt to achieve a more financially secure future. Local partners provide educational programs and services to promote the importance of saving money for all ages and incomes levels.

Some of this year’s participating Tennessee Saves Coalition members are United Way of Greater Chattanooga, University of Tennessee Extension Services of Hamilton County, America Saves, FDIC, Consumer Credit Counseling Services, Urban League of Greater Chattanooga, Dupont Community Credit Union, the Tennessee Housing Development Agency, and the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union.

If you need more information, call the UT Extension Services at 423-855-6113. If you or someone you know needs a referral for assistance with financial issues, such as credit card debt management, call United Way’s 2-1-1 Call Resource Referral Center for access to the appropriate service. Just dial 2-1-1, call 423-265-8000 if you are using a cell phone, or dial 1-866-921-3035 if you are calling from out-of-area.

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