December 2020 Spotlight

Your Simple Steps to Winning:
1. Open a savings account or a 529 (if you haven’t done so already).
2. Make your monthly deposit of $1 or more.
3. Check your ticket to see if you are a winner!Call 833-SAVEWIN (728-3946) for additional information

A Holiday Message to Families


$1000 Winner Story

“It’s really exciting to have this gift serve as part of the foundation toward setting our children up for success. It’s inspired us and encourage family members to contribute to it this holiday season” — Erin.

Congratulations to Erin, our October Fund My Future $1000 Winner and mother of two! Erin learned about Fund My Future through the Pennsylvania 529 website. When she saw the link to take the PA Savings Pledge. It made sense for her to take the pledge, it was simple and straight forward on a website she trusted.

Before joining Fund My Future, Erin was saving for her children in a PA 529, which she learned about in her role as a financial educator. But there was something about receiving the Fund My Future monthly reminders that had Erin focusing more on the importance of saving for her children. These reminders gave her reasons to amp up saving because she was only making periodic deposits, including birthday and special occasion deposits—but now that she is a Fund My Future participant, she makes regular monthly deposits. Erin appreciates the monthly Fund My Future reminder emails and phone calls. She compared the reminder phone calls to monthly motivational messages that remind her of what she’s doing for her children.

When Erin received the phone call informing her that she was a $1000 winner, the feeling of winning took a while to settle in. At first, she was hesitant and in disbelief because it seemed too good to be true. But, soon, she started to get excited.

Now that she is a $1000 Winner, she has been spreading the word about Fund My Future. She tells her friends and family and also the daycare staff and families where her children attend. She is now excited about saving. As a financial educator, she knows the importance of saving. She believes that no amount is too small to start; sometimes, we are not good at saving for ourselves, but when we save for our children, the message gets through, and saving gets done.


I’m Still a Winner

Shavon has been a Fund My Future participant since January 2019. She heard about the program through a family member, whose Fund My Future piggy bank caught her attention. She went on to do research and decided to join the program because she was already saving at home in several piggy banks for her daughter.

After joining, she met with Ms. Toni Corinealdi at the Key Bank in East Liberty to open her daughter’s first savings account. She wanted to include her daughter in the experience, so her daughter accompanied her to the bank.

After joining Fund My Future and receiving monthly reminders, Shavon has committed to making monthly in-person deposits into her daughter’s savings account. Both her and her daughter take time every month to sit down and roll coins from her piggy bank and then make bank deposits. By including her daughter in this routine, she knows how much is going into her bank account. This interaction makes Shavon feel good, knowing that she is doing something good for her daughter’s future.  Although her daughter is only six years old, she feels like a big girl because she saves money. Ever since receiving her first bank statement, she regularly checks with mom to see if she received any mail.

For Shavon, being part of Fund My Future is about doing something good for her child and seeing her eyes light up when they count the money from her piggy bank. She feels like her daughter is getting a jump start and getting something she didn’t have as a child. Shavon believes that her daughter is the first child in her generation to have a savings account in her name, and because of that, she is already a winner!


Important Message for Propel School Families

We are proud of your commitment to invest in your child’s future. As a reminder to PROPEL families, by December 18, all Fund My Future in-school savings accounts will need transitioned into individual long-term children savings accounts. If your child currently has an in-school savings account or you would like to start an account, please call a Fund My Future Representative at 833-SAVE WIN (728-3946) or 412-930-3831 for assistance with transitioning. Also, beginning February 2021 any accounts with less than $25 will be automatically processed and mailed to the address on file.


“Better Save Than Sorry”

Congratulations to the Kingsley Family Support Center for being the first community partner with families who completed the Better Save than Sorry Three-Part Saving Series. Several other community partners have scheduled sessions, including The Homewood Children’s Village and the Homewood Early Learning Hub and Family Center. The Carnegie Library is also planning another Fund My Future Information session on January 21st. This is a FREE registration event and you must register to attend. Please click here to register. Be on the lookout for more info on our Facebook page.

If your community organization would like to learn more about the Fund My Future Three-Part Saving Series, please click here to visit our website and click on the “Three-Part Saving Series” tab or call 833-SAVEWIN (728-3946).


Keystone Scholars

Do you live in Pennsylvania and have a child born AFTER December 31, 2018? If the answer is yes, you may be eligible for $100 for your child. Call 800-440-4000 to find out more about Keystone Scholars or visit the website at http://www.pa529.com/keystone


Community Partner Announcements

CARNEGIE LIBRARY
Click Here to learn about the Carnegie Library’s In-person Service

TRYING TOGETHER RESOURCEs
Click Here for Trying Together’s November Events

THE LORD’S CHURCH
Will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Drive-In Prayer Service at Gateway Middle School, across from the new Get Go gas station off Parkway East. The service will begin at  7pm – 8:30 on December 31st.

DOLLY PARTON’S IMAGINATION LIBRARIES (City of Pittsburgh Residents)
Click Here Still enrolling children under 5 years old
 


Virtual Parent Meeting

Parents can now schedule a one-on-one virtual Zoom meeting to address any Fund My Future needs. Simply contact Ms. Toni Corinealdi at 833-SAVEWIN (728-3946)

November 2020 Spotlight

Your Simple Steps to Winning:
1. Open a savings account or a 529 (if you haven’t done so already).
2. Make your monthly deposit of $1 or more.
3. Check your ticket to see if you are a winner!Call 833-SAVEWIN (728-3946) for additional information


Meet a Two Times Winner!

“Fund My Future has been a bright spot during an unsure time”  Cindy

Meet Cindy, one of our two-time Fund My Future winners! In July 2020, Cindy was a $50 winner and didn’t even know it. She was packing and moving into her new home and didn’t get a chance to check her email, nor did she get a chance to listen to the Fund My Future message. However, by October 1, she was situated. That’s when she received another email notifying her that she was a $1000 Winner for September.

When she received that email, she completed the survey. Then she received a phone call from Fund My Future Clerk, Michele Gronsky.  Michele was going over her survey, as she usually does with anyone who completes a survey. However, in this particular case, Michele noticed that Cindy did not finish her survey for July. Michele asked if there was a reason for that, and Cindy explained the situation. Because everyone has 6 months to respond, Cindy was able to complete the survey and submit her verification, and low and behold, she was also a confirmed July Winner!

Cindy said, being automatically enrolled contributions to her child’s saving, which made her eligible for a chance to win. She initially found out about Fund My Future from being enrolled in the Pennsylvania Keystone Scholars, which she joined around her child’s first birthday. Cindy noticed a Fund My Future banner on the website and decided to click on it. She read all of the details about Fund My Future. She thought this would be a great addition to what she was already doing, and she IMMEDIATELY signed up!

Both mom and dad’s families contribute to their daughter’s savings account on birthdays, holidays, and special occasions. Their daughter knows about her financial account, and she even knows they won twice. During Cindy’s college days, she had to take out financial loans. From that experience, she personally knows how expensive education can be. Both mom and dad want to soften that approach for her daughter. They both feel that it is essential that their daughter has life savings to help with her future goals.

During the Pandemic, the thought of not being able to continue saving for their daughter crossed their minds, but fortunately, that didn’t happen.

Cindy still can’t believe that she won! She admitted when she first saw the email, which read CONGRATULATIONS, YOU ARE A WINNER, she thought it was a scam. But that has all changed. She received her portions of the check for $50 and $500. The remaining $500 was mailed to the PA Treasury to be deposited into her daughter’s savings.

We are excited to tell her story of being a double winner!


Important Message for Propel School Families

We are proud of your commitment to invest in your child’s future. As a reminder to families, by November 19, all Fund My Future in-school savings accounts will need to transition into individual accounts. If your child currently has an in-school savings account or you would like to start an account, please call a Fund My Future Representative at 866-SAVE WIN (728-3946) or 412-930-3831 for assistance.


“Better Save Than Sorry”

The Fund My Future BETTER SAVE THAN SORRY three-part saving series is finally here, and sessions fill up FAST! Our first session was hosted by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. The next series will be hosted by The Kingsley Family Support Center on Wednesday, November 4, followed by The Homewood Children’s Village on Thursday, November 12. Our goal is to get children on the savings path by the holidays; so families can have a way to directly deposit into a child’s future. Please visit our website at Fundmyfuturepa.org or call 833-SAVEWIN (728-3946) to find out how to schedule a session at your community site. Families can receive their certificate upon completion of the saving series.


Keystone Scholars

Do you live in Pennsylvania and have a child born after December 2018? If the answer is yes, you may be eligible for $100 for your child. Call 800-440-4000 to find out more about Keystone Scholars or visit the website at http://www.pa529.com/keystone


Keystone Scholars- Congratulations!

Pennsylvania State Treasurer Torsella announces FIRST-EVER Morning Silver Rating for PA529 Investment Plan. Click Here to read more.

Another Historic First for PA!

PA Treasury’s Keystone Scholars Child Development Account

Pennsylvania has the distinction of being the home of many impressive “firsts!”

  •  The first circulation library was founded by Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia in 1731.
  • The Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser was the first successful newspaper in the country.
  • Pennsylvania is home to America’s First University (the University of Pennsylvania).
  • The first nursing school was in PA, as was the first graduate school for women!

 From its beginning, the Keystone State has cultivated a strong belief in education’s power and the opportunities it brings. And now, in 2019, Pennsylvania added yet another first:

PA created the first legislated universal at-birth Child Development Account( CDA) in the nation! The program is known as Keystone Scholars. Today, it has quickly grown to be one of the largest child development accounts in the country!  

What’s Keystone Scholars All About?

PA Treasury automatically provides $100 for every baby born to PA resident on/after January 1, 2019, or subsequently adopted. This means if your child was born after January 1, 2019, Treasury has created an account for your child. It is already invested in a PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan.

Here is what new parents need to know about the new Keystone Scholars:

  • The $100 is invested in a PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan and grows for 18 years.
  • Can be used for qualified higher education expenses between ages 18 to 29.
  • New and expectant parents can sign up at pa529.com/keystone
  • Watch for mail from the PA Treasury that will include information on how to access your child’s account with information from your child’s birth certificate

 It takes minutes to register. You only need:

  1. The child’s zip code used to register for your child’s PA birth certificate.
  2. Child’s date of birth.
  3. Child’s birth certificate file number (included in Treasury letter)

Families may open and save for their child in their own PA 529 account and link it to their Keystone Scholars account. This is a great way to jumpstart savings! So smart!

Believing in education and the need to support Pennsylvanians has always paid off. Pennsylvanians have patented and created many things including:

  •  First successful oil well
  • First steamboat
  • First locomotive for railroad use
  • First water pumping station
  • First company-owned service station

Keystone Scholars continues the tradition of supporting every child’s educational opportunities by jumpstarting savings and creating a higher education identity for all children. In addition, families registering their Keystone Scholars account can take the PA Savings Pledge to add to their savings. PA Treasury partnered with Fund My Future to launch the Pledge offers families who have taken the Pledge the opportunity for winning one of the more than $5000 in monthly prizes.

Could your child be the next inspiring inventor, scientist, doctor, landscaper, or artist?


Community Partner Announcements

MON VALLEY PROVIDERS COUNCIL
Credit Webinar 11/17/20
HSCC is partnering with the Pittsburgh Financial Empowerment Center (FEC) to offer a FREE webinar on Credit and Debt Management on Tuesday, November 17th from 1-2pm. Please pass along this information to anyone that may be interested. Be sure to register here

CARNEGIE LIBRARY
Click Here to learn about the Carnegie Library’s In-person Service

TRYING TOGETHER RESOURCEs
Click Here for Trying Together’s November Events

DOLLY PARTON’S IMAGINATION LIBRARIES (City of Pittsburgh Residents)
Click Here Still enrolling children under 5 years old


Virtual Parent Meeting

Parents can now schedule a one-on-one virtual Zoom meeting to address any Fund My Future needs. Simply contact Ms. Corinealdi at 833-SAVEWIN (728-3946)

October 2020 Spotlight

Your Simple Steps to Winning:
1. Open a savings account or a 529 (if you haven’t done so already).
2. Make your monthly deposit of $1 or more.
3. Check your ticket to see if you are a winner!Call 833-SAVEWIN (728-3946) for additional information

Meet Our August 2020 Winner!

“Fund My Future was just a shining beam of positivity and we ware truly grateful that we were able to share it with our family. I believe that Fund My Future is one of Pennsylvania’s Best Kept Secrets”  Rebecca

Rebecca joined Fund My Future in April 2020 and became a Fund My Future $1000 Winner in August 2020. Seventeen months earlier both she and her husband became brand new parents. When their bundle of joy arrived they started looking for ways to start saving for their child’s future and low and behold, they received a flyer in the mail from the Pennsylvania Treasurer’s Keystone Scholar’s Program. Rebecca decided to look into the program and thought it was a great opportunity to start saving for her little one’s education. She completed the online form and received the $100 deposit into her child’s Keystone Scholar’s account and then she saw the Fund My Future information on the same website. She clicked on the Fund My Future link and took the PA Savings Pledge, giving her a chance to win.

After taking the PA Savings Pledge, she received information from Fund My Future. She said she enjoyed scrolling through all the photos of winners in the Monthly Spotlight Newsletters. When COVID-19 shut things down, Fund My Future offered families alternative ways to win. Rebecca was moved by this, making her feel like she was a member of an organization that truly cares for their families. Since winning, Rebecca has been spreading the word about Fund My Future.

With college prices being so expensive, Rebecca wants to save for her children. In addition to her $500 winning being deposited into her child’s PA529 account, Rebecca is also going to deposit her portion of the winnings ($500) into her child’s PA529, making the total amount deposited into her child’s account $1000!


Congratulations!

Propel Schools sends a big Congratulations to Ms. Toni Corinealdi for being nominated for the 2020 Professional Woman Strong Award from Strong Women Strong Girls. Strong Women Strong Girls (SWSG) is a nonprofit organization championing the next generation of female leaders through multi-generational mentoring programs. Congratulations Toni!


Welcome Back Propel Scholars

As scholars from Propel Schools begin the first week of Hybrid learning, the Fund My Future team wants you to know how proud we are of your commitment to save for the future of your child. We wish all of our Propel families a happy, healthy, and prosperous academic year.


Keystone Scholars

Do you live in Pennsylvania and have a child born after December 2018? If the answer is yes, you may be eligible for $100 for your child. Call 800-440-4000 to find out more about Keystone Scholars or visit the website at http://www.pa529.com/keystone


My Parents Won $50


Community Announcements

REGISTER TO VOTE
Click Here to make sure you are registered to vote in Pennsylvania for the November Elections

MON VALLEY PROVIDERS COUNCIL
Eastern Area Pre-Hospital Services will be providing FREE flu shot clinics this October. Vaccines are FREE of Charge:

10/6 – Edgewood Borough Building, 2 Race Street Edgewood PA 4-6pm
10//13 – Human Services Center Parking Lot, 413 Penn Avenue, Turtle Creek PA  10-2pm
10/19 – Wilmerding Community Center, Lower Parking Lot, 1 Memorial Field Drive, Wilmerding PA 10-1pm
10/31 – Swissvale Fire Department, 7400 Irvine Street, Swissvale PA 11-1pm

Click Here Households with incomes at 200% FPL or below can apply to receive emergency financial assistance. For example, if an applicant has outstanding utility bills, they can indicate that they need help paying for utilities on the application. Other examples of outstanding expenses include, but aren’t limited to rent, mortgage, childcare, transportation, home repairs, debt payments, medical bills.

THE LORD’S CHURCH
Kid’s Life October-fest- Fun crafts, teachings and treats each Sunday in October at 11am in “Drive-in Fashion”. FREE hot apple cider to all attendees to drive-in service. The Drive-In Service is held at Gateway Middle School Parking Lot 4450 Old William Penn Hwy?Monroeville, PAl

“Light Night, Not Fright Night” Friday, October 30 at 7;00pm at Gateway Middle School

CATALYST ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL
Click Here still enrolling school age children

CARNEGIE LIBRARY
Click Here to learn about the Carnegie Library’s In-person and Curbside Reopening Plan

TRYING TOGETHER RESOURCEs
Click Here for Trying Together’s October Events  

DOLLY PARTON’S IMAGINATION LIBRARIES (City of Pittsburgh Residents)
Click Here Still enrolling children under 5 years old

CITIPARKS – Food Distribution During School Delay (City Residents)
Click Here for to find out locations of Food Distribution Sites

OTHER INFO
Click Here for updated COVID-19 Information and Resources


Virtual Parent Meeting

Parents can now schedule a one-on-one virtual Zoom meeting to address any Fund My Future needs. Simply contact Ms. Corinealdi at 833-SAVEWIN (728-3946)

September 2020 Spotlight

Your Simple Steps to Winning:
1. Open a savings account or a 529 (if you haven’t done so already).
2. Make your monthly deposit of $1 or more.
3. Check your ticket to see if you are a winner!

Call 833-SAVEWIN (728-3946) for additional information


Meet our July $1000 Winner

“I’m happy to be a part of Fund My Future for my daughter Anajah’s education and I’m looking forward to enrolling my youngest daughter and get her savings started early” Ms. Nikia Pitts

Ms. Nikia Pitts joined Fund My Future in the Spring of 2019 at an event hosted by Lincoln PreK-5 Elementary School where her 9-year-old daughter Anajah attends. During the event, Ms. Pitts visited all tables, but there was something about the Fund My Future table that stood out to her.

After learning more about Fund My Future and the fact that she could win by making a deposit of at least $1, she figured, she should take care of it right now. She enrolled and later went on to open a savings account for Anajah but never thought that she would actually win.

She started receiving Fund My Future correspondences including phone calls, newsletters, and monthly reminders to make deposits. She said in July she was really happy to get the reminder because it prompted her to reinstate her daughter’s account, which was closed due to her losing her wallet. So she made a simple phone call to her bank and had the funds deposited, not thinking she would win but happy to get the reminder to get back on track which is something she had planned on doing but with COVID-19 occurring it slipped her mind.

Then on August 3rd, she received the email and phone call she would never forget! SHE WAS A $1000 WINNER! She could not believe she won. Ms. Pitts says she will include her daughter when she makes in-person bank deposits. This has been a wonderful experience for Ms. Pitts and she plans on making deposits every month.


The PA Savings Pledge

Do you live in Pennsylvania and have a child born after December 2018? If the answer is yes, did you know you are eligible for $100?  Call 800-440-4000 to find out more about Keystone Scholars or visit the website at www.PA529.com.


Meet a Few $50 Winners!

Photo 1 – Kevin Ressler – April Winner
Photo 2 – Brandon Hertzog – July Winner
Photo 3 – Brian Connelly – June Winner


Community Partner Announcements

MON VALLEY PROVIDERS COUNCIL
MVPC Working Group on Housing is hosting a FREE webinar on the Allegheny County Cares Rent Relief Program on Friday, September 11 from 11 – 12pm. Call 412.436.9537

Click Here Households with incomes at 200% FPL or below can apply to receive emergency financial assistance. For example, if an applicant has outstanding utility bills, they can indicate that they need help paying for utilities on the application. Other examples of outstanding expenses include, but aren’t limited to rent, mortgage, childcare, transportation, home repairs, debt payments, medical bills.

THE LORD’S CHURCH
“Let’s Talk About It”-  Teens & Young Adults Convo! Held on Sunday, September 6 at 12:45pm. FREE Box Lunch at Gateway Middle School Parking Lot – across from the new Get Go.

“Light Night, Not Fright Night” Friday, September 30 at 7;00pm at Gateway Middle School

CATALYST ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL
Click Here still enrolling school age children

CARNEGIE LIBRARY
Click Here to learn about the Carnegie Library’s In-person and Curbside Reopening Plan

TRYING TOGETHER RESOURCEs
https://tryingtogether.org/coronavirus-covid-19/  (daily update news post)

DOLLY PARTON’S IMAGINATION LIBRARIES (City of Pittsburgh Residents)
Click Here Still enrolling children under 5 years old

HOSANNA HOUSE COMMUNITY LEARNING HUB
CLH In-School Services: Help children get Online and throughout the day. Motivate children to engage virtually. Serving breakfast and lunch. Check in with children on completion of assignments. Facilitate Connections to teachers. Call Denise Bell at 412.342.1350- Space is LIMITED – In person Registration. Start Date – September 8

CITIPARKS – Food Distribution During School Delay (City Residents)
Click Here for to find out locations of Food Distribution Sites

OTHER INFO
Click Here for updated COVID-19 Information and Resources


Virtual Parent Meeting

Parents can now schedule a one-on-one virtual Zoom meeting to address any Fund My Future needs. Simply contact Ms. Corinealdi at 833-SAVEWIN (728-3946)

August 2020 Spotlight

Your Simple Steps to Winning:
1. Open a savings account or a 529 (if you haven’t done so already).
2. Make your monthly deposit of $1 or more.
3. Check your ticket to see if you are a winner!

Call 833-SAVEWIN (728-3946) for additional information


Meet our June $1000 Winner

“It was a blessing to know that I had Fund My Future’s support to encourage me to continue to save during the pandemic. Now that we’ve won, it made a huge difference in our future.” Ms. Shawntae Haywood

Ms. Shawntae Haywood joined Fund My Future in July 2019 while attending a family night program at the Hill District Westley Center Afterschool Program. There were a variety of community vendors in attendance but for some reason, Fund My Future caught her attention. As she made her way over to the bright green table, she was greeted by Ms.Toni Corinealdi, the FMF Outreach Director. After listening to the very passionate presentation she immediately signed up because she wanted to save for her son Anthony who was 6 years old at the time.

A week after joining, she received a reminder phone call from Ms. Corinealdi and they discussed the various options of starting Anthony’s savings account. She decided to go with the Hill District Federal Credit Union located in her community. When she opened her son’s account and made the first deposit, the feeling of completion was indescribable. Now all she had to do was make monthly deposits of which she made sure was at least $5.

Everything seemed to be going perfectly. She was making her deposits, checking her raffle ticket but then all of a sudden the COVID-19 Pandemic hit, and everything shut down. Because of a statewide stay-at-home order, she could not leave her home. She was saddened by this and thought that Fund My Future had shut down and chalked everything up as a loss. But then she heard a “ding” on her phone, it was an email from Fund My Future with a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT REPORT. She listened intensely as Ms. Corinealdi announced that Fund My Future was operating. There was a new promotion called “New Ways to Win” that allowed Ms. Haywood to participate by submitting monthly Fund My Future photos. She immediately followed the directions and took advantage of the opportunity.

Although she didn’t win during the 3-month promotion, she stayed engaged with the program. When the stay-at-home order was lifted, she returned to her credit union to continue making deposits. On July 1, she received an email message: “You are holding a Winning Ticket”. Ms. Haywood was excited. She finally won! She was informed that she was a $1000 Winner. Filled with excitement, she completed the survey. Shortly after, she received her check for $500 and established a PA529 College Savings Plan for her son. With the additional $500, she plans to use it to assist with her daycare business.

Ms. Haywood is no stranger to saving and winning. In April of 2020, she enrolled in Pittsburgh Saves, which she heard about through Fund My Future, and won $200. Her most recent savings consisted of her enrolling her young daughter into Keystone Scholars and receiving $100 towards college savings.

Ms. Haywood feels great knowing that both her children have a future ahead of them and Fund My Future is helping to make it possible.


Meet our $1000 Partner Recipient

It’s never too late to share some good news. Back in November 2019, Fund My Future held the “Spirit of Giving” Promotion, where Fund My Future donated matched winnings to a non-profit organization of the winner’s choice? Well, here’s what happened when Tracy Copeland won $1000 from making her November deposit.

Ms. Copeland was our $1000 November Winner and she chose to donate her matched winnings of $1000 to Save A Life Today Pittsburgh (S.A.L.T) a nonprofit organization founded by Executive Director, Sister Mary Williams. S.A.L.T offers a broad range of services from free dental care, eye care, and free glasses. They also host back to school drives, food giveaways, and family engagements.

Sister Mary Williams was excited and grateful to FMF for hosting the unique promotion. Her exact words in reference to her organization receiving the $1000, “It came at a wonderful time!”. Every year S.A.L.T hosts a Christmas program that accommodates over 700 families from McKees Rocks and surrounding communities. Families come together to interact with other families and exchange gifts.

We are happy that Ms.Copeland gifted her winnings to a local organization that helps families.

For more information about S.A.L.T contact Sister Mary Williams at 412-712-4044 or visit their Facebook page at Save a Life Today Pittsburgh.


Our Commitment to Racial & Social Equity

To show our support towards racial & social equity there will be an additional $1000 up for grabs in July and August! Please click here to read more.


The PA Savings Pledge

Do you live in Pennsylvania and have a child born after December 2018? If the answer is yes, did you know you are eligible for $100?  Call 800-440-4000 to find out more about Keystone Scholars or visit the website at www.PA529.com.


Meet a few June $50 Winners!

Photo 1 – Nikksa Morris, East Liberty FSC
Photo 2 – Kristi Lindemuth, First Commonwealth Bank
Photo 3 – Amy Salovin, Keystone Scholars


COMMUNITY PARTNER ANNOUNCEMENTS

PITT ENRICHED SATURDAY TUTORING
Click Here for info on how to sign up for Saturday Tutoring

CATALYST ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL
Click Here for information about Catalyst Academy

COMMUNITY VIRTUAL JOB FAIR
Click Here for information about Homewood Childcare Alliance Job Fair
Click Here for information about HCCA Job Fair

TRYING TOGETHER RESOURCEs
https://tryingtogether.org/coronavirus-covid-19/  (daily update news post)

CARNEGIE LIBRARY
Click Here for info about Carnegie Library Programs

ALLEGHENY COUNTY FAMILY SUPPORT CENTERS & PARTNERS
Click Here for Daily Children Activities – August 3-7

HOMEWOOD CHILDREN’S VILLAGE
Click Here for AmeriCorps recruitment information

GWEN’S GIRLS
Click Here for FREE Summer Tutoring Sessions

CENTER OF LIFE COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Click Here for COL updates to their community website

IMPORTANT CENSUS INFO
Click Here to read more

ADDITIONAL CENSUS INFO   The Census is still continuing at this time! Please help us to encourage everyone to participate in the process. Individuals can answer their Census form online at my2020Census.gov, over the phone (1-844-330-2020 for English speakers, visit https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond/responding-by-phone.html for additional languages), or by returning the form mailed to them in April. The self-response period has been extended to the end of October, 2020. In-person operations and door knocking should begin later this summer. 

OTHER INFO
Click Here for updated COVID-19 Information and Resources


Virtual Parent Meeting

Parents can now schedule a one-on-one virtual Zoom meeting to address any Fund My Future needs. Simply contact Ms. Corinealdi at 833-SAVEWIN (728-3946)

July 2020 Spotlight

Your Simple Steps to Winning:
1. Open a savings account or a 529 (if you haven’t done so already).
2. Make your monthly deposit of $1 or more.
3. Check your ticket to see if you are a winner!

Call 833-SAVEWIN (728-3946) for additional information


$1000 College Scholarship Winner

“Although I had a virtual high school graduation, receiving the $1000 Fund My Future Scholarship to help me with my admission to CCAC was one of the best things that happened during COVID-19 .” Miss. Mariyah Hester

June 2020, Mariyah Hester received her $1000 Fund My Future Scholarship after graduating from Plum Senior High School. She chose to use her $1000 to apply towards her admission to CCAC Boyce Campus, where she plans to major in Business Entrepreneurship.

In February 2019, Ms. Mary Hester (Mariyah’s mom) received a mailer about Fund My Future from the Hill District Federal Credit Union (her financial institution). She looked into the program and thought it was a great idea. She joined Fund My Future and made deposits into Mariyah’s savings account in February and March.

In March, when Mary received her raffle ticket, little did she know, she was holding the winning ticket!  On April 1, the Fund My Future team contacted Mary to inform her that she was a $2000 winner providing she submit proof of a deposit into Mariyah’s account in March of at least $1. Upon verification, Mary was eligible to receive a portion of the $2000 (which was a special promotion) and the remainder would be deposited into a scholarship with the NEED Scholarship Foundation for Mariyah to use for college or trade school.

Currently, Mariyah works part-time at a grocery store. Now that she is 18 years old, she decided to open a checking and savings account with S&T Bank. She asked questions when she was not clear about certain products and fees. Overall, Mariyah felt very confident when she opened her own account.

She is so happy that her mother chose to join Fund My Future.


Propel Braddock Hills High School Fund My Future Graduate

Meet Fund My Future participant Miss. Amari Walker and her mom Ms. Cynthia Walker. In September 2017 Amari transferred to Propel Braddock Hills High School and  made her first deposit into her Fund My Future savings account. Throughout her high school years, Amari continued to make deposits during her in-school bank days, which were every Thursday. Although she missed a few deposit days, the habit of saving was being established.
While attending Propel Braddock Hills High School, Amari attended Point Park University Program where she took college classes and earned college credits. She also attended Pittsburgh University Women’s Equity Program and the Assemble STEM Program for summer work. Amari has also mentored young girls at Gwen Girls and she is a 2020 NEED Scholarship recipient. In her spare time Amari enjoys arts, reading and writing.

Now that Amari has graduated from Propel Braddock Hills High School, she plans to attend Indiana University Program where she will major in Journalism. Ahmari currently has her own personal account with First National Bank where she continues to practice the healthy habit of saving.


Our Commitment to Racial & Social Equity

To show our support towards racial & social equity there will be an additional $1000 up for grabs in July and August! Please click here to read more.


The PA Savings Pledge

Do you live in Pennsylvania and have a child born after December 2018? If the answer is yes, did you know you are eligible for $100?  Call 800-440-4000 to find out more about Keystone Scholars or visit the website at www.PA529.com.


Look Who’s Saving!


The HSC KOOL Summer Program is Accepting Applications

The Human Services Center’s KOOL Summer Program will take place virtually this summer!  This free program will include math and reading lessons, virtual field trips, science experiments, arts and crafts, and more!  All students entering 1st-5th grade in the fall are eligible to participate, families must have access to a computer/tablet and an internet connection. 

Here is the link to the application:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dUYpKiCAJUQxdz3VsHmVWybEkHUj54TzRymHgb94rbw/edit

For questions or to get more information contact Mallory Clark at 412-863-6699 or via email at mclark@hscc-mvpc.org


ALLEGHENY COUNTY PARTNER ANNOUNCEMENTS

RESOURCES FOR RESIDENTS
Click Here for updated COVID-19 Information and Resources

CENTER OF LIFE COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Click Here for COL updates to their community website

CENSUS UPDATE   The Census is still continuing at this time! Please help us to encourage everyone to participate in the process. Individuals can answer their Census form online at my2020Census.gov, over the phone (1-844-330-2020 for English speakers, visit https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond/responding-by-phone.html for additional languages), or by returning the form mailed to them in April. The self-response period has been extended to the end of October, 2020. In-person operations and door knocking should begin later this summer. 

TRYING TOGETHER RESOURCES:

https://tryingtogether.org/coronavirus-covid-19/  (daily update news post)

https://tryingtogether.org/covid-19-resources-parents-caregivers/ (resources for parents/caregivers)

https://tryingtogether.org/early-learning-program-covid-19/ (resources for early learning programs)


Virtual Parent Meeting

Parents can now schedule a one-on-one virtual Zoom meeting to address any Fund My Future needs. Simply contact Ms. Corinealdi at 833-SAVEWIN (728-3946)

June 2020 Spotlight

Your Simple Steps to Winning:
1. Open a savings account or a 529 (if you haven’t done so already).
2. Make your monthly deposit of $1 or more.
3. Check your ticket to see if you are a winner!

Call 833-SAVEWIN (728-3946) for additional information


An Early Father’s Day Winner’s Story

“During the Coronavirus Pandemic, Fund My Future has been a blessing to both me and my daughter. I can’t believe something as simple as saving, would make such huge a difference in our lives.” 
Mr. Tarue Weathers

Meet Mr. Tarue Weathers, one of our April $50 winners. Mr. Weathers is the proud father of 11-year old Meya. Mr. Weathers was introduced to Fund My Future at a community event earlier this year. After Ms. Toni Crinealdi’s presentation on FMF, Mr. Weathers was excited about the program, and he scheduled an appointment at First Commonwealth Bank to open an account for his daughter. Mr. Weathers said opening the account made him feel good that he was able to plan for his daughter’s future. Every month Mr. Weather deposits at least $20 into Meya’s account. The next time a deposit is made, he said he plans to have Meya conduct the transaction so that she becomes familiar with banking procedures.


The PA Savings Pledge

Do you live in Pennsylvania and have a child born after December 2018? If the answer is yes, did you know you are eligible for $100?  Call 800-440-4000 to find out more about Keystone Scholars or visit the website at www.PA529.com.


Our Parents Won!


Saving Goal Garden Winners

CONGRATULATIONS TO…

Ms. Melissa Eddins and Ms. Tracy Copeland! Ms. Eddins & Ms. Copeland were two of our $50 Winners. They became eligible by participating in the May’s”New Ways to Win” by submitting their “Savings  Goal Garden” photo AND THEY WON!

Photo Submitted by Melissa Eddins

Photo Submitted by Tracy Copeland


Other May Photo Entries “Savings Goal Garden”

Although they were not winners, they were too cute to pass by—we had to show them off!


The HSC KOOL Summer Program is Accepting Applications

The Human Services Center’s KOOL Summer Program will take place virtually this summer!  This free program will include math and reading lessons, virtual field trips, science experiments, arts and crafts, and more!  All students entering 1st-5th grade in the fall are eligible to participate, families must have access to a computer/tablet and an internet connection. 

Here is the link to the application:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dUYpKiCAJUQxdz3VsHmVWybEkHUj54TzRymHgb94rbw/edit

For questions or to get more information contact Mallory Clark at 412-863-6699 or via email at mclark@hscc-mvpc.org


ALLEGHENY COUNTY PARTNER ANNOUNCEMENTS

SUMMER LEARN AND EARN  Goodwill is seeking applicants for Learn & Earn. The summer program is open to those aged 14-21, and places individuals in jobs throughout the county. Interested parties should call 412-475-4424.

CENSUS UPDATE   The Census is still continuing at this time! Please help us to encourage everyone to participate in the process. Individuals can answer their Census form online at my2020Census.gov, over the phone (1-844-330-2020 for English speakers, visit https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond/responding-by-phone.html for additional languages), or by returning the form mailed to them in April. The self-response period has been extended to the end of October, 2020. In-person operations and door knocking should begin later this summer. 

TRYING TOGETHER RESOURCES:

https://tryingtogether.org/coronavirus-covid-19/  (daily update news post)

https://tryingtogether.org/covid-19-resources-parents-caregivers/ (resources for parents/caregivers)

https://tryingtogether.org/early-learning-program-covid-19/ (resources for early learning programs)


Virtual Parent Meeting

Parents can now schedule a one-on-one virtual Zoom meeting to address any Fund My Future needs. Simply contact Ms. Corinealdi at 833-SAVEWIN (728-3946)

New Ways to Win this May with Fund My Future!

Birds are chirping, warm weather is coming, and spring is the air. It has never been a better time to start sprouting your child’s savings with some help from Fund My Future!

From now until May 31, Fund My Future participants unable to make a deposit into their child’s savings accounts will have a new way to win from this month’s prize pool.

Visit https://fundmyfuturepa.org/new-ways-to-win-may/ for more details on how to start saving and winning big!

Meet Our April $1000 Winner

April’s $1000 Winner

“With all the negativity of COVID-19 and my daughter not being able to have her senior graduation experience, being a $1000 winner really brightened my daughter’s college future.”  Mrs. Lisa Falgione

Mrs. Lisa Falgione resides in Allegheny County and has been saving for her daughter Julia, a graduating senior and honors student at Shaler Area High School. As a high school student, Julia works part-time at McDonald’s and also works part-time at The Hartwood Restaurant.  Mrs. Falgione joined Fund My Future in 2018 during America Saves Week. She learned about PA-529 through a family friend and has been saving for her daughter’s education through a PA-529 Savings Account that she began when Julia was born. She does automatic withdrawals from her paycheck so that she never misses a deposit.

Julia has been accepted to The University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg and will be majoring in Biology. Ms. Falgione plans to use her $500 check towards her daughter’s schooling and is excited to have the additional $500 go directly into her daughter’s PA-529 Savings Account. This is the second time Mrs. Falgione has won with Fund My Future. The first time she won $50. She was very excited then, but being the $1000 Winner takes her excitement to another level.

April’s Change makes Change Winner

CONGRATULATIONS TO MS. TIA PRESSLEY!
Ms. Pressley was one of our $50 Winners. She became eligible by participating in the April “New Ways to Win” by submitting her “CHANGE MAKES CHANGE” photo AND SHE WON!!

More Winners and More Cash

Here’s another winner’s story! Meet Marianne Smith, one of our Lancaster Winners! Click Here to read more!

Do you live in Pennsylvania and have a child born after December 2018? If the answer is yes, did you know you are eligible for $100?  Call 800-440-4000 to find out more about Keystone Scholars or visit the website at www.PA529.com.

May’s New Way to WIN

“Savings Goal Garden”

Watch your savings bloom this May with Fund My Future!

Birds are chirping, warm weather is coming, and spring is the air. It has never been a better time to start sprouting your child’s savings with some help from Fund My Future!

From now until May 31, Fund My Future participants unable to make a deposit into their child’s savings accounts will have a new way to win from this month’s prize pool.

It’s easy, all you have to do is…

  • Help your child watch their savings bloom by creating a ‘Savings Goal Garden,’ with every petal representing a savings goal! Create your own or download our template.
  • Snap a photo of your Savings Goal Garden and send it, along with your name and phone number, to info@fundmyfuturepa.org by May 31*.
  • If your ticket number is pulled, you’ll be able to claim your cash prize!

*By sending your photo, you authorize and grant Fund My Future permission to use the photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms.

April Photo Entries
“Change makes CHANGE”

Check out some of the photos submitted from our families for the April Promotion
“Change makes CHANGE”

Virtual Parent Meeting

Parents can now schedule a one-on-one virtual Zoom meeting to address any Fund My Future needs. Simply contact Ms. Corinealdi at 833-SAVEWIN (728-3946)

Fund My Future is now STATEWIDE

Due to our great success in Propel Schools and Allegheny County with nearly 4,000 families currently participating, we recently formed a new collaboration with Pennsylvania State Treasurer, Joe Torsella. Now all families across Pennsylvania can participate in this one-of-a-kind children’s savings program. As a result of this AWESOME collaboration we now have an increased monthly prize pool of $8,000 available to all participants.

In addition to the increased prize pool, Fund My Future participants will enroll by simply taking the PA Savings Pledge as a reminder of their reason for saving. Those not enrolled can simply go to fundmyfuturepa.org and take the PA Savings Pledge. Monthly raffle tickets are sent by email, giving everyone a chance to win. Prizes are awarded to those with winning tickets as long as they have made a deposit of at least $1 into their child’s savings account. For a complete listing of the updated Fund My Future Rules please click HERE. 

April 2020 Spotlight

Special Announcement

Due to the sudden impact of COVID-19, we understand that some of our families are unable to make deposits into their child’s savings account. As a result, the Fund My Future team incorporated creative ways families can show that even in these unprecedented times they are still committed to saving. 

Beginning March 2020 Fund My Future will feature new monthly ways for families to win on the Fund My Future Facebook Page. Be sure to like and follow us to stay up to date with the new eligibility opportunity for each month during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please take a moment to listen to the SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO click here.

Please email info@fundmyfuturepa.org with any questions.
The Fund My Future team is available Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
If you would like to speak to someone in person call 833-SAVEWIN (728-3946).

April’s New Way to WIN

“Change makes CHANGE”

They say a penny saved is a penny earned. So why not take this month for a chance to win big by participating in Fund My Future’s “Change Makes CHANGE” April Challenge.

Here’s how it works: From now until April 30, Fund My Future participants unable to make a bank deposit into their child’s savings account will have a new way to win from this month’s prize pool.

It’s easy, all you have to do is…

  1. Give your child a place to watch their savings grow by collecting small change around the house and decorating a piggy bank, a jar, a mug, or anything that can store their savings!
  2. Snap a photo of your hand-decorated bank with their coin deposits and send it, along with your name and phone number, to info@fundmyfuturepa.org by April 30.*
  3. If your ticket number is pulled, you’ll be able to claim your cash prize!

*By sending your photo, you authorize and grant Fund My Future permission to use the photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms.

March Photo Entries

“Fund My Future on the Fridge”

Check out some of the photos submitted from our families for the March Promotion “Fund My Future on the Fridge”

Congratulations Ms. Copeland!

Tracy Copeland was one of our $1000 winners. She sat down with Ms.Corinealdi for a one on one interview about why she chose to join Fund My Future. To hear her story click here .

You can also contact the Fund My Future office to make arrangements to tell your Fund My Future story. Just call 833-SAVEWIN (728-3946)

Fund My Future is now STATEWIDE

Due to our great success in Propel Schools and Allegheny County with nearly 4,000 families currently participating, we recently formed a new collaboration with Pennsylvania State Treasurer, Joe Torsella. Now all families across Pennsylvania can participate in this one-of-a-kind children’s savings program. As a result of this AWESOME collaboration we now have an increased monthly prize pool of $8,000 available to all participants.


 In addition to the increased prize pool, Fund My Future participants will enroll by simply taking the PA Savings Pledge as a reminder of their reason for saving. Those not enrolled can simply go to fundmyfuturepa.org and take the PA Savings Pledge. Monthly raffle tickets are sent by email, giving everyone a chance to win. Prizes are awarded to those with winning tickets as long as they have made a deposit of at least $1 into their child’s savings account. For a complete listing of the updated Fund My Future Rules please click HERE. 

REMINDER:
Bank accounts no longer need to be
linked to the Fund My Future portal.
The steps are easy:
1. Take the PA Savings Pledge at fundmyfuturepa.org
2. Open a savings account
(at a financial institution of your choice)
3. Save & Win!

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK: @Fundmyfuturepa

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