TD Bank understands that Financial Education is important for everyone at all ages and abilities. That’s why TD Bank recently partnered with the local New Jersey chapter of Special Olympics to provide financial education lessons to local Special Olympics athletes and their caregivers.
More than 30 TD Bank employee volunteers spent the evening with New Jersey Special Olympics athletes as they completed money management lessons such as wants versus needs, creating a budget, identity protection and checking account basics. Athletes participated in hands-on activities to help them learn how to manage their own finances in a fun and different way.
“This is the first program of its kind specifically tailored to the Special Olympics athlete’s financial challenges and learning styles,” said Andrea Johnson, VP, Financial Education, TD Bank. “Many Special Olympics athletes manage their own finances and face unique challenges that needed special attention. We are so proud to be able to equip the athletes and their caregivers with tools to help reach their financial goals.”
While the athletes were learning about banking, their caregivers gathered to talk through financial challenges and share tips and experiences.
“The group was very engaged and we had an amazing discussion,” says Stacy Paolillo, store manager and financial education instructor. “They talked about challenges they face and how they’ve overcome them — like setting up a Special Needs Trust. They were so excited to have people to bounce ideas off of and learn from.”
TD Bank is a proud sponsor of the Special Olympics. This event kicked off a full month of fundraising leading up to the Special Olympics Games in New Jersey this June.
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