Local Community Plans Financial Literacy Program

DOBSON – If there ever was a time to watch every dollar, it’s probably now with soaring inflation, and a local organization is planning a program to help consumers in that regard.

The NC Cooperative Extension office in Dobson has announced a one-hour financial literacy course as part of a virtual monthly series presented in conjunction with a component of the agency’s Extension and Community Association (ECA). called “At Home with ECA”.

It is scheduled for April 7 from 11 a.m. to noon.

This e-learning series program will be held in conjunction with the celebration of Financial Literacy Month in April.

“The At Home With ECA session will focus on money management, as we discuss the importance of creating and maintaining a budget,” explained Carmen Long, Regional Extension Officer for Family Education and of consumers serving Surry and Alleghany counties.

Access to this program and the other workshops in the monthly series that are coordinated through the Eventbrite website used for these presentations is free. But Long says those who want to must pre-register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/226054684647

In addition to the financial advice to offer for starting or refining a budget, a practical benefit of the online program is that you don’t have to be parked at a computer for the actual duration of the program.

“Once registered, attendees will receive a post-session recording that they can watch at their convenience,” Long said, emailed.

The monthly course series is presented by family and consumer sciences officers from the North Central District of NC Cooperative Extension, covering 14 counties in total.

“It’s a group effort,” Long said.

The financial management program will be presented by staff at NC Cooperative Extension in Wilkes County.

Even those who don’t live in Surry or the other counties in the region can still join the April 7 session via Zoom, organizers say.

NC Cooperative Extension has sought to bring information to people for over 100 years, and the At Home with ECA workshop series involves a new way to provide such awareness – encompassing both the realities and the technical alternatives of today. today.

The 2022 series was spawned by a similar effort launched for 2021 in response to the coronavirus limiting public gatherings.

Participants are not required to register for all programs in the online monthly series, which take place on the first Thursdays, and can choose which ones interest them, according to Long.

Food preparation series

A separate NC Cooperative Extension initiative focuses on another hot consumer issue, nutrition.

This is an online series on home food storage that will begin April 14 and run bi-weekly for six weeks, ending June 23, aimed at teaching people how to accomplish this in comfort. of their own environment.

Bi-weekly sessions are scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., under these themes:

• April 14: introduction to canning

• April 28: canning in a bain-marie

• May 12: canning under pressure

• May 26: freezing

• June 9: sweet spreads

• June 23: Fermentation

Those interested can register for free at go.ncsu.edu/foodpreserving

Attendees will need to register separately for each session they wish to attend, according to Long, and when they register they will receive a post-session recording that they can view at their convenience.

Tom Joyce can be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.