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Get Involved

There are many ways you can get involved with the consumer resource center. Each person that signs up for the mailing list will get a monthly email with the topic of the month package. Each outreach package includes an article on the topic, a shortened sample newsletter article for your own publications, a poster, resource guide, and a featured resource that corresponds with the poster. 

Here are just a few ways you can participate: 

  • Host a physical display in your lobby using the outreach package
  • Link to our monthly topic through your social media accounts
  • Forward the CRC outreach package to your listservs
  • Visit the website for presentation materials and resources to train your staff 
  • Send your staff through financial coaching and counseling training
  • Direct your members/clients to the resource library 
  • Participate in monthly webinars on the topic of the month
  • Volunteer to facilitate a financial education workshop in your area

Whatever you level of commitment, we would love for you to join our efforts and will find ways for you to help. Financial empowerment is a huge undertaking that takes many different on-going angles to be the most successful and sustainable. 

Alana Listoe portraitFree tax help offers aca answers


Tax season is upon us and this year many folks are feeling particularly anxious about implications with the Affordable Health Care Act. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps thousands of Montana residents every year with free tax preparation and this year those volunteer tax preparers have answers to questions in regards to health care when it comes to simple tax returns.

Tax language can be confusing for many of us, and when you add health insurance into the mix, navigation could seem downright overwhelming. But nonetheless, taxpayers across the country will be dealing with it and knowing where to find answers is certainly a relief.
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Additional resources

Check out the FTC’s guide on protecting your identity this tax season!

Did you know that you can sign up for scam alerts with the Montana Office of Consumer Protection?

If you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud you can file a complaint here.

The Federal Trade Commission’s mission is to protect your consumer’s right.

Are you a victim of identity theft? Take Charge today!


Montana Credit Unions for Community Development (or MCUCD) is the award-winning, charitable arm of the Montana Credit Union Network. A state-wide nonprofit organization, MCUCD works together with the state's credit unions to improve the lives and financial independence of all Montanans.