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America Saves Week Endorsements

America Saves Week 2014 (Click here for 2013)

Quotes

  • Social Security is the foundation for a secure retirement, but it was never meant to be your sole source of retirement income.  As much as possible, you should plan to supplement Social Security with pensions and savings.   During American Saves Week, regardless of your age, I encourage you to visit www.socialsecurity.gov to begin focusing on retirement planning.   You can create your own personal mySocial Security account, review your yearly earnings, and use our Retirement Estimator, to obtain estimates of your future Social security benefits”. -- Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner, Social Security Administration
  • “Making a commitment to saving is often the first step to creating a strong financial foundation. America Saves Week offers consumers, national banks, and federal savings associations the opportunity to work together to create a plan, set a goal, and save.” -- Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry
  • “A savings account is very important to a household’s financial stability,” Matz said. “We should be seriously concerned that nearly 44 percent of American households have almost no savings for emergencies. The America Saves and Military Saves campaigns are excellent opportunities for credit unions to educate members and their families about balancing household budgets, building a cushion for when they run into financial problems and putting money aside for a new home, retirement needs or their children’s educations.” --National Credit Union Administration Board Chairman, Debbie Matz
  • “Parents are in a powerful position to encourage their children to save some of their money, from an allowance, birthday presents, gifts or earnings.  America Saves Week is a great time to help our young people get in the savings habit.” -- Richard Cordray, Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 

  • "Retirement is perhaps the most important thing that America saves for.  Take control of your financial future starting this week: if your employer has a retirement plan, join it.  If your employer offers a matching retirement contribution, take advantage of it – don’t leave free money on the table.  Most importantly, if you are not saving, start today.  Putting away even a small amount each paycheck is a step towards a secure financial future. The Labor Department has tools and information that can help you get started." -- Phyllis C.Borzi, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employee Benefits Security
  • “Getting in the habit of saving, even in small amounts, is an important step Americans can take to invest in their future. That’s why the U.S. Department of the Treasury is developing myRA (My Retirement Account), a safe and simple way to save for retirement, especially for lower- and middle-income Americans who don’t have access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan. In addition to establishing the myRA program, Treasury is working every day to provide Americans with better access to financial planning tools through the MyMoney.gov and ReadySaveGrow.gov websites. Treasury also promotes financial planning by coordinating with federal agencies and the private sector through the Financial Literacy and Education Commission.” -- Mary Miller, Under Secretary for Domestic Finance at the U.S. Department of the Treasury 

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Proclamations

  • On Tuesday, Jan. 7, the Charles County Commissioners proclaimed the week of Jan. 6 through Jan. 12, as Charles County Saves Week.  America Saves is a national social marketing campaign to persuade, encourage, and motivate Americans to take financial action in building wealth through saving money and reducing debt. (Link to Press Release: Word/PDF)
  • Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor of the Great State of West Virginia, does hereby proclaim February 24--March 1, 2014, as West Virginia Saves Week in the Mountain State and encourage all citizens to take positive wealth-building action during this week, and pledge to sustain that action throughout the year. (Link to Proclamation: PDF
  • The West Virginia Bankers Association calls upon all its members, employees and customers to increase 401K contributions, start or increase an emergency fund, challenge employees or customers to save or take other positive wealth-building action during WEST VIRGINIA SAVES WEEK, and pledge to sustain that action during the following year. (Link to Proclamation: PDF)
  • CHANGE Inc. calls upon all employees and clients to start or increase 403k contributions, start or increase an emergency savings fund, challenge employees, clients, colleagues and family members to save, and take other positive wealth-building action during WEST VIRGINIA SAVES WEEK, and pledge to sustain that action during the following year. (Link to Proclamation: PDF)
  • Benwood-McMechen Housing Authority calls upon all employees and clients to start or increase 403k contributions, start or increase an emergency savings fund, challenge employees, clients, colleagues and family members to save, and take other positive wealth-building action during WEST VIRGINIA SAVES WEEK, and pledge to sustain that action during the following year. (Link to Proclamation: PDF)
  • For the fourth consecutive year, Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr. has proclaimed Virginia Saves Week in Virginia Beach. As part of America Saves/Virginia Saves Week 2014, scheduled for Feb. 25 to March 2, Mayor Sessoms and the Financial Empowerment Coalition, created as part of the Mayor’s Action Challenge, are spreading the Virginia Saves message and encouraging citizens to take action to increase savings. (Link to Press Release: Word/PDF)
  • The city of Wheeling, West Virginia, calls upon all citizens to start or increase 403k contributions, start or increase an emergency savings fund, challenge employees, clients, colleagues and family members to save, and take other positive wealth-building action during WEST VIRGINIA SAVES WEEK, and pledge to sustain that action during the following year. (Link to Proclamation: PDF)
  • The City of McMechen calls upon all employees and residents to start retirement contributions,start or increase an emergency fund, challenge employees, residents, colleages and family members to save, and take other positive wealth-building action during WEST VIRGINIA SAVES WEEK, and pledge to sustain that action during the following year. (Link to Proclamation: PDF)
  • Tennessee state Governor, Bill Haslam, proclaims the week of February 2- March 1, 2014 as America Saves Week. (Link to Proclamation: PDF)
  • Mayor of Benwood, WV, Edward M. Kuca, Jr., calls upon all citizens to start or increase 401k contributions, start or increase an emergency fund, challenge citizens to save, or other goal related action or take other positive wealth-building action during West Virginia Saves Week, pledge to sustain that action during the following year. (Link to Proclamation: PDF)
  • Mayor of Cameron, Julie Beresford, calls upon all citizens to start or increase 401k contributions, start or increase an emergency fund, challenge citizens to save, or other goal related action or take other positive wealth-building action during West Virginia Saves Week, pledge to sustain that action during the following year. (Link to Proclamation: PDF)
  • Mayor of Moundsville, Eugene Saunders, calls upon all citizens to start or increase 401k contributions, start or increase an emergency fund, challenge citizens to save, or other goal related action or take other positive wealth-building action during West Virginia Saves Week, pledge to sustain that action during the following year. (Link to Proclamation: PDF)
  • The Board of Hancock County calls upon all individuals and families in Hancock County to increase savings or take other positive wealth-building action during Hancock County Saves Week, and pledge to sustain that action during 2014. (Link to Proclamation: PDF)
  • The Trenton City Council declares the week of February 24 to March 1 as "New Jersey Saves Week" in the City of Trenton in recognition of America Saves Week. (Link to Proclamation: PDF)

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America Saves Week 2013

Quotes

“America Saves Week is a perfect time to explore opportunities to save. If you’re getting a refund this year you many tell the IRS you want part of your refund to go into a savings account, a retirement account and/or purchase U.S. Savings Bonds. It’s a safe, easy and smart way to save.”  - Peggy Bogadi, Commissioner, Wage & Investment Division, Internal Revenue Service.

“Savings are an important part of managing finances. Families who regularly put some money aside for savings are protecting themselves for today and tomorrow. Savings can help avoid high-cost financial productions when unexpected problems arise. And they can help us achieve long-term stability and goals.” Richard Cordray, Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

“America Saves Week gives consumers and financial institutions the opportunity to work together to encourage saving. Having access to savings strengthens consumers’ financial foundations, is often the first step in achieving other financial goals, and helps to build financial stability for individuals.” Thomas J. Curry, Comptroller of the Currency

“Saving money in a federally insured bank account is the safest way to build savings for emergencies or future dreams. During America Saves Week, I encourage everyone to develop a plan for their money, have savings goals, and then work with a financial institution to find tools to help achieve the plan.” FDIC Chairman, Martin J. Gruenberg

“People need to learn more about how to save and have a place to save. This year’s campaign is a perfect opportunity for credit unions to educate and empower their members and their families so they can balance their budget, buy a home, or put money aside for their children’s educations.” The Honorable Debbie Matz, Chair of the National Credit Union Administration

“Saving is the key to financial security, and the first step towards life’s important financial milestones, like tuition payments, rainy day accounts and a happy retirement. I urge all Americans to make America Saves week an opportunity for beginning regular contributions to a savings program, or increasing the contributions they already make. A secure future begins with regular savings now.” Elisse Walter, SEC Chairman

 

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Proclamations

Charles County Board of Commissioners proclaim the week of February 25 - March 2, 2013 as Charles County Saves Week.

City of El Cajon, California proclaims February 25 - March 2, 2013 as San Diego Saves Week.

Gary R. Herbert, Governor of the State of Utah, proclaims February 25 - March 2, 2013 as Utah Saves Week.

Jay Inslee, Governor of the State of Washington, proclaims February 25 - March 2, 2013 as Washington Saves Week.

Robert F. McDonnell, Governor of the State of Virginia, proclaims February 25 - March 2, 2013 as Virginia Saves Week.

Sherman Saunders Mayor of Danville, Virginia presented a proclamation to the BEST Coalition recognizing America Saves Week.

Scott Walker, Governor of the State of Wisconsin, proclaims February 25 - March 2, 2013 as Wisonsin Saves Week.

Timothy D. Leavitt, Mayor of the City of Vancouver, Washington, proclaims February 25 – March 2, 2013 as America Saves Week.

Trenton City council, New Jersey, declares the week of February 25 – March 2, 2013 as New Jersey Saves Week.