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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 portraitelder abuse is more prevalent than we think

by ALANA LISTOE

Many people lobby for laws that protect senior citizens from financial exploitation, and they should. Organizations like Big Sky Senior Services, the Office of Consumer Protection, and AARP are champions in providing awareness and teaching prevention across Montana. Likewise, Montana’s credit unions are equally engaged and have worked closely with the state legislature to create new laws protecting seniors. Credit union lobbyist Donya Parrish provided testimony in committees and worked with other interested parties to ensure new legislation incorporated the perspective of financial institutions interested in reporting abuse, made it easier for prosecutors to prove fraud against senior citizens, and added a penalty when the victim is over 60.

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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!

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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.