Operation Scam Jam, Financial Education & Shred Events Highlight 2014 WV Money Smart Week, April 5-12

Operation Scam Jam, Financial Education & Shred Events Highlight 2014 WV Money Smart Week, April 5-12

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP West Virginia | Comments

Money & Work AARP West Virginia and the AARP Foundation are partnering with more than 20 organizations, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Federal Trade Commission, and FINRA Investor Education Foundation to promote financial wellness during 2014 West Virginia MoneySmart Week®, April 5 – 12. West Virginia Money Smart Week®(MSW) is part of a multi-state public awareness campaign of the Federal Reserve Bank that stresses the importance of financial literacy, informs consumers where they can get help, and provides free educational seminars …

Be Smart About Your Money

Be Smart About Your Money

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work AARP West Virginia and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago are cosponsoring “Money Smart Week,” April 5-12, to help state residents stay up to speed on personal finance. “Financial literacy isn’t just about making good investments,” said Gaylene Miller, AARP state director. “It means protecting oneself from fraud, getting raises at work and securing good deals on homes and cars—all while preparing for or living in retirement.” West Virginia ranks second among the states in the percentage of residents 65 …

Social Security Is a Financial Lifeline

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work Social Security keeps about 42 percent of West Virginians age 65 and older out of poverty, according to a new study from the AARP Public Policy Institute. About 57 percent of West Virginians age 65 and older rely on Social Security for at least half of their family income—and nearly 29 percent rely on Social Security for 90 percent of their family income. “With the costs of utilities, prescription drugs and groceries on the rise, many West Virginians are struggling …

Helping Job Seekers 50+ Get Back to Work

Helping Job Seekers 50+ Get Back to Work

Posted on 01/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work Fifty-plus and looking for work? AARP West Virginia is hosting a series of seminars sponsored by the AARP Foundation Back to Work 50+ program. January is prime time for hiring, and the seminars will help candidates write eye-catching résumés, interview effectively and find local job-skills training. West Virginia’s unemployment rate has dropped since reaching a high of 10 percent in February 2010. But a May 2012 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office shows workers 55 and older are more …

Help Other West Virginians File Their Tax Returns

Help Other West Virginians File Their Tax Returns

Posted on 11/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work AARP West Virginia is recruiting volunteers to help low- to moderate-income taxpayers, especially those age 60-plus, prepare and file their 2013 tax returns. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide started in 1968 with just four volunteers preparing 100 returns. Now the program serves 2.6 million Americans annually. Last year in West Virginia, 137 volunteers helped about 22,000 residents at 35 sites. Volunteers receive training and work close to home during the February-through-mid-April tax season. They fill a variety of roles, including greeters, technology …

Free Home Energy Audits Help Reduce Heating Costs

Free Home Energy Audits Help Reduce Heating Costs

Posted on 10/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work Is money oozing out of your house? As winter approaches, customers of Appalachian Power can take advantage of free home energy audits that will alert them to wasted energy that costs them money. James Fawcett of Appalachian Power said auditors evaluate the home, make recommendations on energy-saving measures, provide information about rebates for insulation and heat pump tune-ups or replacements, install energy-efficient lightbulbs and faucet aerators, and provide brushes to clean refrigerator coils. To schedule an energy audit, call the …