John Deere Financial Helps Parents Learn Important Financial Skills

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John Deere Financial Helps Parents Learn Important Financial Skills

Nearly 30 John Deere Financial employees volunteer with the Findley Connection Café to help improve parent’s English speaking, reading, and financial literacy skills. Pictured above, volunteer John McMillin helps a Findley parent learn English.

Nearly 30 John Deere Financial employees volunteer with the Findley Connection Café to help improve parent’s English speaking, reading, and financial literacy skills. Pictured above, volunteer John McMillin helps a Findley parent learn English.

Imagine you’re a new U.S. citizen. You struggle to speak English. Basic conversations with teachers or doctors are difficult. And you don’t know how to open a bank account, use a debit card, or balance a checkbook.

To address these needs, over 30 John Deere Financial volunteers collaborated with their company diversity and inclusion network to create the Findley Connection Café program.

Employees travel to Findley Elementary School in Des Moines, Iowa, for weekly 45-minute conversations and coffee with Findley parents, many of whom are low income with limited financial skills. Volunteers utilize tools such as worksheets and flash cards to help parents learn important financial principles like saving, spending, and investing.

Volunteer Julia Bash helps her Findley English as a Second Language (ESL) parent pronounce important words. Since the program started in January 2016, John Deere Financial employees have seen an improvement in the Findley parent’s vocabulary.

Volunteer Julia Bash helps her Findley English as a Second Language (ESL) parent pronounce important words. Since the program started in January 2016, John Deere Financial employees have seen an improvement in the Findley parent’s vocabulary.

“Volunteerism and community engagement form the cornerstone of our ambitions to be a good corporate citizen,” says Mike Mack, Group President, John Deere Financial Services, Global Human Resources and Public Affairs. “The Findley Connection Café is an outstanding example of how our employees are improving the quality of life for needy families. Every time we help a parent understand how to make wise financial decisions, we’re building a foundation for their children to be successful.”

John Deere Financial is proud to support the Findley Connection Café as a way to prepare and inspire tomorrow’s leaders. Through volunteerism and support from the John Deere Foundation, we’re positively impacting the lives of Central Iowans at Findley and other important organizations like United Way, Junior Achievement, and Habitat for Humanity.

Congratulations John Deere Financial!