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Build Your Savings with AFI - New Enrollments Now Being Accepted

Release date: August 24, 2016


Looking to buy a home, go back to school, or start a small business? Do you live in Steuben, Yates, or Chemung County? ProAction--a SAFE partner--is looking for motivated, working adults to join their savings matching program, Assets for Independence (AFI).


For more information about the program, please visit ProAction's website, here.


Ready to apply? Click here for  the referral form.

Free Home Management Workshop - Saturday, May 21
Release date: May 12, 2016


Chemung County Habitat for Humanity is offering a free Healthy Homes workshop at the Elmira Community Kitchen on Saturday, May 21 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Participants will learn ways to improve the health of their family home through good money management, nutrition, energy savings, and home maintenance. SAFE volunteers will present the money management portion of the workshop.


Child care will be provided, refreshments will be served, and all participants who complete the program will receive a $25 Lowe’s gift card! The workshop is free and open to the public.


To ensure that enough materials and give away items are available for all participants, pre-registration is required. Register by email at info@chemungcountyhabitat.org or call (607) 734-1361.

SAFE Supports Family Development Program

Release Date:  May 11, 2016


SAFE continues to support ProAction’s financial education work with a contribution to their Family Development Program. The funds will be used for the Individual Development Account (IDA) program, Assets for Independence (AFI), and the Wealth Health Skills program.


To learn more about ProAction’s Family Development program, please click here.



Pictured left to right: Kansass Smith, Executive Director of SAFE; Beth Vickio, President of SAFE; Cassie Hill, Coordinator for Empowering Families for Financial Stability (EFFS), ProAction; Wendy Robords, Director of Family Development Services, ProAction.

SAFE Partners with Habitat for Humanity of Chemung County for Healthy Homes Program

Release Date: April 1, 2016

 

SAFE has partnered with Chemung County Habitat for Humanity to provide educational presentations for its Healthy Homes program during the month of April. The program is a four-week workshop that is free to participants. SAFE volunteers will provide two of the four sessions (Introduction to Budgeting and Banking Methods & Fraud Prevention) as well as financial support for the program.


To learn more about the Healthy Homes program, visit Habitat for Humanity of Chemung County's website or Facebook page.


SAFE to Hold Annual Meeting

Release Date: March 11, 2016

 

The Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors and the Members of SAFE will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2016.

 

The Meeting will be held at 12:00 p.m. at Corning Credit Union, corner of Pulteney and Ferris Streets, Corning NY. All members of SAFE are welcome to attend.

SAFE Provides Fraud and Identity Theft Education

Release Date: March 1, 2016

 

SAFE recently provided a presentation about fraud and identity theft to the Coffee, Tea, & English community group in Corning, New York. Attendees represented countries from all over the world, including: Germany, France, China, Japan, and Latin America. Presenters covered topics like how a social security number is used, what identity theft is and how it occurs, and common scams to watch out for.


To request a presentation for your community group, please contact us.

SAFE Partners with Young Professionals for Presentation
Release Date: December 4, 2015

SAFE partnered with the New York Credit Union Association's Young Professionals Commission to present a networking and education event on Thursday, December 3.

Sixteen individuals were in attendance for SAFE volunteer Paul Sydlansky's presentation, which focused on important financial considerations for employees in their 20s and 30s. The presentation also featured realistic how-to information to help attendees balance their financial goals and feel in control of their money.

Key takeaways included: knowing your goals and motivations, living within your means, don't listen to investing noise, the importance of 401k savings, why an emergency fund is important, and seeking out fiduciary help. Attendees also had time to ask questions and network with each other.
SAFE Presents to ProAction Employees
Release Date: September 22, 2015

SAFE Executive Director Kansass Smith and volunteer Paul Sydlansky recently presented to eight staff members at ProAction of Steuben & Yates, Inc.

Their presentation, titled "Making Retirement Possible," was geared toward employees at all levels and stages of life. It included topics such as what retirement is, how much an individual needs to retire, where this money comes from, and how an individual can build retirement savings.

"I really enjoy being able to talk to people about personal finance and the markets," Paul said. "It's often such a misunderstood topic because of the media and the many conflicts of interest that exist in our financial system. Anything I can do to demystify it and help others make smart decisions is extremely gratifying. I hope the time we spent made the participants think about what they could be doing to meet their goals."

Paul is currently employed as an Associate Account Executive at John G. Ullman & Associates, Inc. and has 15 years of experience working with clients in a variety of financial planning roles.

Kansass is currently the Executive Director of SAFE and has more than ten years of experience working in the financial services industry.

To request a financial education presentation for your staff or clients, please contact us.
SAFE Announces Partnership to Support Assets for Independence Project
Release Date: June 16, 2015

SAFE recently announced it has partnered with ProAction of Steuben & Yates, Inc. and several other local community organizations to support the Assets for Independence (AFI) Program. SAFE has provided grant funding and has pledged volunteer educator support for the new program, which will provide individual development accounts (IDAs) and related services to twenty-five (25) eligible low-income individuals.

AFI participants will develop a savings plan and every dollar deposited to their savings account will be matched 2:1 by the AFI project (up to $2,000). Through promoting personal savings, the AFI Program will enable individuals to accumulate long-term productive assets and move toward financial stability by choosing from one of the following assets: buying a first home, starting a business, or enrolling in post-secondary education or training.

AFI Partners in the Community include: United Way of the Southern Tier, ServU Federal Credit Union, StraightTalk Association for Financial Empowerment (SAFE), Arbor Housing and Development, Corning Small Business Development Center, Regional Economic Development & Energy Corporation (REDEC), and M&T (Bank First Home Club Program).

Click here to learn more about eligibility requirements or to view the referral form.
SAFE Welcomes New Board Member
Release Date: May 28, 2015

At today's SAFE Board of Director's meeting, the Board welcomed John Wood as its newest member. John is currently the principal of the Ernie Davis Academy and will provide the organization with valuable insight  and perspective based on his experience as an administrator and educator.

John replaces Stephanie Carl, who has been a Board member for the past five years. Stephanie will remain involved with SAFE in a volunteer capacity, assisting with the organization's community awareness initiatives.
SAFE to Hold Annual Meeting

Release Date: May 8, 2015

 

The Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors and the Members of SAFE will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2015.

 

The Meeting will be held at 12:00 p.m. at Corning Credit Union, corner of Pulteney and Ferris Streets, Corning NY. All members of SAFE are welcome to attend.

SAFE Calls for Volunteers
Release Date: March 2, 2015

As part of its mission to provide financial management tools and education throughout the community, SAFE is currently seeking volunteers in order to expand its reach and impact to other organizations. SAFE members are encouraged to contact the organization with any volunteer interest; however, we are specifically looking for members interested in writing content for upcoming newsletters and volunteering as presenters for various workshops and seminars.

In addition, if you are aware of any community group or organization that may be interested in SAFE's financial education programs or funding, please contact us.

Prospective volunteers may call SAFE at 866-854-5577 or email volunteer@financiallysafe.org.
SAFE Supports Wealth Health Skills and Pilot IDA Program

Release Date: January 2, 2015

 

SAFE continues its partnership with ProAction of Steuben and Yates, Inc. with a financial contribution to benefit their Wealth Health Skills Program. The funds will support free financial education classes including those required for participants in ProAction's pilot Individual Development Account (IDA) program, Assets for Independence.

 

For the full news release, please click here.

 

 

 

 

Pictured left to right: Wendy Robords, Director of ProAction's Family Development Adult & Youth Services; Cassie Hill, Wealth Health Skills Coordinator for ProAction; Laura Rossman, ProAction's Executive Director; Kansass Smith, Executive Director of SAFE; Stephanie Carl, President of SAFE.

SAFE Attends Non-Profit Business After Hours Event
Release Date: December 12, 2014

SAFE Executive Director Kansass Smith and Board President Stephanie Carl recently attended the Corning Chamber of Commerce's Non-Profit Business After Hours. More than 20 non-profit organizations also attended the event.

Attendees made valuable connections and SAFE representatives used the opportunity to discuss SAFE's role in the community as well as recruit volunteers and speak about how SAFE funds partner organizations.

"This event was a great opportunity to get in the same room with so many other people who are also focused on improving the lives of those in our community," said Smith.


Kansass Smith (left) speaks with an attendee at the Non-Profit Business After Hours event in December.

SAFE Presents on Setting Financial Goals

Release Date: June 16, 2014

 

SAFE representatives presented "Setting Financial Goals: Pay Yourself First" at Corning Library this morning in partnership with the S2AY Rural Health Network. Participants learned about the importance of setting financial goals and consistently following a budget.

 

"I have enjoyed working with the staff of the SAFE group," says Cassie Hill, Wealth Health Skills program coordinator. "As the coordinator for the Wealth Health Skills program, which educates about financial literacy, the partnership with SAFE has been a huge asset to our program. The SAFE group has helped lead classes for us in the Corning community and they have done such an amazing job. the SAFE representatives are professional, experienced, educated, and very personable. I look forward to continuing a strong and wonderful partnership with the SAFE program."

 

SAFE is available to present financial education topics for your community organization, too. Please contact us for more information!

SAFE Announces Financial Coaching Training for Capabilities Staff

Release Date: June 1, 2014

 

SAFE recently announced it will conduct financial coaching training for the staff of Capabilities Inc.

 

By training staff on how to financially coach individuals, employees will have the ability to spread this financial education information to all of their clients. Capabilities is located in Elmira, NY and its mission is to assist people with disabilities obtain their occupational goals.

 

The training will be held on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

 

SAFE is available to conduct similar training with your staff. Please contact us for more information!

SAFE Executive Director and Board President Participate in Poverty Forum

Release Date: May 22, 2014

 

SAFE's executive director and board president recently participated in the Steuben County Poverty Forum. The goal of the event was to educate community leaders about poverty in the local community and how non-profit organizations and businesses can assist individuals.

 

During the event, the attendees heard from local people who shared their experiences with poverty, listened to a presentation by Prudence Pease about poverty myths and how poverty is perpetuated by the hidden rules of our country's system of social classes, and particpated in a poverty simulation, which required the attendees to assume the roles of individuals dealing with poverty and make difficult choices with scarce resources.


The event was presented by ProAction, Catholic Charities of Steuben County and the United Way of the Southern Tier.

SAFE to Hold Annual Meeting

Release Date: April 1, 2014

 

The Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors and the Members of SAFE will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

 

The Meeting will be held at 12:00 p.m. at Corning Credit Union, corner of Pulteney and Ferris Streets, Corning NY. All members of SAFE are welcome to attend.

SAFE Educates 25 Senior Citizens

Release Date: January 23, 2014

 

SAFE recently presented to 25 senior citizens at Emeritus Senior Living in Corning, NY. The presentation was entitled, "Keep It Safe: Money Concerns for Senior Citizens."

 

Information included common scams and how senior citizens can keep their money safe. It also covered identity theft, examples of elder financial abuse, and what to do if fraud is detected.

 

SAFE is available to conduct a similar presentation for your senior living facility. Please contact us for more information.

SAFE Volunteers Present at Three Wealth Health Skills Classes

Release Date: December 5, 2013

 

SAFE representatives led three presentations during November and December as part of the Wealth Health Skills program.

 

The class topics included Smart Goals and Budgeting, Borrowing Basics, and Keep It Safe. All classes were held at the Corning Business Development Center in partnership with ProAction of Steuben and Yates Counties and the S2AY Rural Health Network.

 

SAFE representatives would love to present financial education information to your group or organization. Please contact us for more information!

SAFE Scheduled to Present Wealth Health Skills to BOCES GED Students

Release Date: October 18, 2013

 

SAFE representatives will be in the classroom once again this fall to present Wealth Health Skills programming in partnership with ProAction of Steuben and Yates Counties.

 

This time, SAFE presenters will be visiting GST BOCES GED students to teach them valuable financial literacy skills that they can apply directly to their own lives and families.

 

To have SAFE present this program or another to your group, please contact us.

 

Junior Achievement, Corning Free Academy and SAFE Announce Partnership
Release Date: October 11, 2013
 
Junior Achievement of the Twin Tiers (JA), Corning Free Academy (CFA), and the StraightTalk Association for Financial Empowerment have announced a joint partnership to launch a first-of-its-kind financial education program for middle school students at CFA. The program is anticipated to begin this fall and will combine the JA's programming with real-world learning for students.
 
"We are very excited to be developing this program in partnership with other organizations that are as passionate about financial education as we are," said Kansass Smith, SAFE Executive Director. "The program will have a focus on combining basic personal financial literacy concepts with career exploration."
 
More information about this exciting program will be available in November.

SAFE Presents Wealth Health Skills

Release Date: August 3, 2013

 

Representatives from the StraightTalk® Association for Financial Empowerment presented three Wealth Health Skills programs in partnership with ProAction in July and August. Topics included Borrowing Basics and Keep it Safe (for adult students and seniors).

 

"The Wealth Health Skills presentations were a wonderful way to educate a variety of adults on the importance of borrowing responsibly and protecting their identities," said Kansass Smith, SAFE Executive Director. "It was so rewarding to know that these programs really assisted people in need of this education."

 

To request a financial literacy or education presentation for your organization or group, please contact us.

SAFE Commits to Support Pilot IDA Program

Release Date: June 3, 2013

 

SAFE has announced that it has offered a commitment of support for the financial education component of ProAction's Assets for Independence pilot Individual Development Account (IDA) program contingent upon receipt of grant funding.

 

SAFE would provide financial support toward the financial education programming as well as a volunteer educator to assist in teaching the sessions. If funded, individuals selected for the Assets for Independence program would combine hands-on financial education and information with responsible saving and continuous support. The end result for participants would be saving enough to purchase a lasting asset that could help improve their lives.

SAFE to Hold Annual Meeting

Release Date: April 1, 2013

 

The Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors and the Members of SAFE will be held on Friday, April 19, 2013.

 

The Meeting will be held at 12:00 p.m. at Corning Credit Union, corner of Pulteney and Ferris Streets, Corning NY. All members of SAFE are welcome to attend.

SAFE Contributes to Four Organizations in 2012

Release Date: December 31, 2012

 

The StraightTalk® Association for Financial Empowerment recently announced it donated to four non-profit organizations during 2012. Among those receiving donations were the Jump$tart Coalition, Arbor Housing and Development, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County (Family Financial Management Education Program) and Catholic Charities of Chemung County (First Time Homebuyers Education).

 

Organizations wishing to be considered for donations may contact us at any time during the year. Please refer to our Donation Policy for more information.

SAFE to Hold Annual Meeting

Release Date: March 1, 2012

 

The Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors and the Members of SAFE will be held on Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

 

The Meeting will be held at 12:00 p.m. at Corning Credit Union, corner of Pulteney and Ferris Streets, Corning NY. All members of SAFE are welcome to attend.

SAFE Contributes to Two Organizations in 2011

Release Date: December 31, 2011

 

The StraightTalk® Association for Financial Empowerment recently announced it donated to two non-profit organizations during 2011. Among those receiving donations were Junior Achievement of the Twin Tiers and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County (Family Financial Management Education Program).

 

Organizations wishing to be considered for donations may contact us at any time during the year. Please refer to our Donation Policy for more information.