Metro Hosts Scholars and Cents Reality Fair at the State House

In conjunction with the Cooperative Credit Union Association and other local credit unions, Metro Credit Union hosted a reality fair program called “Scholars and Cents” at the Massachusetts State House on Tuesday, July 15 2015. Approximately 70 State House Interns participated in the reality fair, which focused on budgeting, money management and identity protection. The day concluded with a visit from State Treasurer, Deborah Goldberg, who encouraged the interns to put into action the lessons from the reality fair.
Charlene Bauer, SVP of Business Development and Community Relations at Metro Credit Union said, “Empowering students with knowledge on how to manage their personal finances will assist each student in attaining their goals throughout life.  This fair is a powerful reality tool demonstrating the many decisions adults must make when managing a budget.”
The fair was divided into a morning and afternoon session. The morning session showcased speakers Robert Siciliano, Personal Security and Identity Theft expert and Matt Paradise, Education and Outreach Team Leader at American Consumer Credit Counseling. The afternoon session featured a speech from Paul Gentile, President of the Cooperative Credit Union Association, State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg and breakout sessions on topics of financial education.
The program is a collaborative effort among the sponsoring credit unions, the Senate Office of Education and Civic Engagement, the House of Representatives Committee on Personnel and Administration, the Office of the Treasurer and Receiver General of Massachusetts, American Consumer Credit Counseling, Enterprise Car Sales, and the Cooperative Credit Union Association.
About Metro Credit Union
Metro Credit Union is the largest state-chartered credit union in Massachusetts with over $1.3 billion in assets, and serves more than 170,000 members. It is a growing, federally insured financial institution and a leading provider of a full range of financial services to anyone living or working in Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Plymouth, Barnstable or Worcester counties in Eastern Massachusetts, as well as Massachusetts state employees and retirees throughout the Commonwealth.
Founded in 1926, Metro Credit Union is a non-profit cooperative institution, owned by and operated for the people who use and benefit from its products and services. Metro uses superior customer service and technology to deliver a full range of financial products to consumers and businesses in eastern Massachusetts. Metro is well known for providing members with unlimited refunds of other banks’ ATM fees through its My Reward Checking account
Metro Credit Union has 15 branch offices conveniently located in Boston, Burlington, Chelsea, Framingham, Lawrence, Lynn, Melrose, Newton, Peabody, Salem, and Tewksbury, and is also a leader in workplace banking, serving over 1,800 companies throughout the state.