Legislature Honors NJ Credit Union Foundation on 100th Financial Reality Fair

The New Jersey Legislature adopted a Joint Legislative Resolution commemorating the New Jersey Credit Union Foundation (Foundation) on its 100 Financial Reality Fair. The Resolution was sponsored by Sen. Nellie Pou (D-35) and Asm. John McKeon (D-27), the chairs of their respective chamber’s committee with jurisdiction over financial services-related matters.

Over 4,000 Students Receive Hands-On Financial Literacy from Credit Unions During 2018/2019 School Year

Financial Reality Fair Program Reaches Second Major Milestone 

HIGHTSTOWN, N.J. – New Jersey credit unions reached a record 4,075 students through the New Jersey Credit Union Foundation’s Financial Reality Fair program during the 2018/2019 school year, a new milestone for the hands-on financial literacy program. Nine credit unions and the New Jersey Credit Union Foundation sponsored and hosted 25 Reality Fair events at middle schools, high schools, and college campuses across the state from October 2018 through June 2019. 

This is the second major milestone the program is celebrating this school year. In March, the program celebrated sponsoring its 100th Reality Fair.

School’s Out: Final Reality Fair of the Season Held at Wallace School in Vineland

VINELAND, N.J. – Area credit union teamed up to host the final Reality Fair of the 2018/2019 school year Tuesday at the Thomas W. Wallace Junior Middle School for about 225 8th graders. Volunteers from Members 1st of NJ FCU, Bay Atlantic FCU, Thunderbolt Area FCU, Deepwater Industries FCU, Campbell EFCU, the New Jersey Credit Union Foundation, and Vizo Financial Corporate manned the tables along with Wallace School staff and helped the students through the experience. This is the seventh Reality Fair area credit union have collaborated on at the Wallace School.

Ramapo High School Students Experience their First Financial Reality Fair

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. – Visions FCU held its first Reality Fair at Ramapo High School for the senior Health classes Tuesday, reaching approximately 225 students. Volunteers from the sponsoring credit union as well as XCEL FCU and the New Jersey Credit Union League manned the lifestyle tables set-up in the school’s library.

200+ Hanover Park High School Students Get a Bite of Financial Reality

EAST HANOVER, N.J. – Visions FCU held a Reality Fair at Hanover Park High School for the Financial Literacy classes Wednesday, reaching approximately 210 students. Volunteers from the sponsoring credit union as well as Healthcare Employees FCU, Novartis FCU, and the New Jersey Credit Union League manned the lifestyle tables set-up in the school’s gymnasium.

NJCFE Hosts Roundtable with Assemblywoman McKnight and NJ DOE Assistant Commissioner Greer on the NJ Financial Literacy Standard for Middle Schools

MANALAPAN, N.J. – “Our kids want to learn; they have a hunger to learn. We just have to do it,” said Assemblywoman Angela McKnight at the New Jersey Coalition for Financial Education’s (NJCFE) roundtable on Friday. McKnight is a sponsor of the bill A1414, which requires school districts to incorporate financial literacy instruction in each of the grades six through eight to pupils enrolled in those grades, beginning in the 2019-2020 school year.

NJ CU Foundation’s 9th Annual Casino Night Fundraiser Was a Sure Bet!

ISELIN, N.J. – The 9th Annual New Jersey Credit Union Foundation Casino Night fundraiser on May 2nd brought together credit union industry leaders, volunteers, partners and friends from around the state for a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament and casino table games, all for a great cause! The final numbers aren’t yet available, but it looks like the 9th Annual Casino Night was a success for the New Jersey Credit Union Foundation and its finanical literacy efforts.

Press of Atlantic City Highlights Inaugural Reality Fair at Holy Spirit High School

A recent article in the Press of Atlantic City highlights the April 3rd Reality Fair held at Holy Spirit High School in Absecon. Jersey Shore FCU sponsored the Fair, and with help from volunteers from neighboring credit unions and community partners, reached 200 students with the hands-on experience of completing a monthly budget.

League and Foundation Reach Ocean County College First-Year Students Through Reality Fair Program

TOMS RIVER, N.J. – The New Jersey Credit Union Financial Reality Fair program visited Ocean County College Tuesday, reaching 130 first-year students with the award-winning program, which has now been integrated into the college's first-year class curriculum. Volunteers from ABCO FCU, Credit Union of New Jersey, Healthcare Employees FCU, Jersey Shore FCU, Lakehurst Naval FCU, and the New Jersey Credit Union League manned the lifestyle booths and provided financial counseling along with faculty and staff from the school.

Millville Senior High School Students Get a Dose of Reality

MILLVILLE, N.J. – Members 1st of NJ FCU, Bay Atlantic FCU, and Thunderbolt Area FCU teamed up for another successful Reality Fair at Millville Senior High School yesterday! Juniors and seniors received an introduction in the school library before heading down to the gym. Around 235 students visited the lifestyle booths with their budget worksheets, testing their budgeting skills. Volunteers from Members 1st of NJ FCU, Bay Atlantic FCU, Thunderbolt Area FCU, Campbell FCU, Jersey Shore FCU, Deepwater Industries FCU, Millville Senior High School Faculty, the New Jersey Credit Union League, and more manned the tables and helped students through the simulation.

NJ CU Foundation Hosts its 100th Reality Fair!

Southern Credit Unions Collaborate to Bring Financial Literacy Experience to Millville Memorial High School, Marking a Milestone for the Foundation

MILLVILLE, N.J. – Bay Atlantic FCU, Members 1st of NJ FCU, and Thunderbolt Area FCU teamed up once again to bring the hands-on personal finance experience to Financial Literacy classes at Millville Memorial High School on Wednesday. This marks the 100th Reality Fair the New Jersey Credit Union Foundation (Foundation) has hosted in the state of New Jersey! The program has reached more than 13,600 students throughout the state since the program’s inception in 2010.

NJ CU Financial Reality Fair Program Closes Out the Year with Final Fair of 2018 at Phifer Middle School; Program has Reached Over 1,300 Students This School Year

PENNSAUKEN, N.J. – The Howard J. Phifer Middle School was the last stop of 2018 for the NJ CU Financial Reality Fair program, which brought the hands-on financial literacy experience to 150 students. The program has reached over 1,300 students across the state so far this school year, with more to come in the spring!

League and Foundation Reach 500 Ocean County College First-Year Students Through Reality Fair Program

TOMS RIVER, N.J. – The New Jersey Credit Union Financial Reality Fair program visited Ocean County College Wednesday, reaching 500 first-year students with the award-winning program, which has now been integrated into the college's first-year class curriculum. Volunteers from ABCO FCU, Credit Union of New Jersey, Healthcare Employees FCU, Jersey Shore FCU, the New Jersey Credit Union League, and United Teletech Financial FCU manned the lifestyle booths and provided financial counseling along with faculty and staff from the school.

NJCFE Hosts Free Financial Literacy Roundtable on Top Security Frauds in NJ

MANALAPAN, N.J. – The New Jersey Coalition for Financial Education (NJCFE) held a free Financial Literacy Roundtable at Navicore Solutions on Friday ahead of its board meeting. The keynote speaker, Christopher Gerold, Chief of the NJ Bureau of Securities, introduced attendees to the Bureau, explaining that its purpose is to protect investors from investment fraud, and regulating the securities industry in New Jersey. He then went on to list and explain the top 10 security frauds consumers should be aware of...

NJCFE Hosts Free Financial Literacy Roundtable with Updates on Crypto Currency and Job Act Implications

MANALAPAN, N.J. – The New Jersey Coalition for Financial Education (NJCFE), a partner of the New Jersey Credit Union Foundation, held an informative Financial Literacy Roundtable for educators, community organizations, financial institutions, non-profits, and more, on Friday, July 13th. Attendees heard from Crypto Currency experts on risks and rewards in that emerging realm and Rutgers Professor Barbara O’Neill on financial planning after tax cuts and the Job Act.

Visions FCU Brings NJ CU Financial Reality Fair to Randolph High School for Second Year

RANDOLPH, N.J. – Accounting and personal finance classes at Randolph High School received a reality check on Wednesday as they gathered in the school’s library for a financial Reality Fair sponsored by Visions FCU. Volunteers from Visions FCU as well as Credit Union of New Jersey, the New Jersey Credit Union Foundation, Vizo Financial, and XCEL FCU helped man the lifestyle booths and guide students through the simulation.

Millville Senior High School Students Get a Dose of Reality

MILLVILLE, N.J. – Juniors and seniors at Millville Senior High School learned lessons in personal finance at a Reality Fair held in the school’s gym on Friday. Around 160 students visited the lifestyle booths with their budget worksheets, testing their budgeting skills. Volunteers from Bay Atlantic FCU, Campbell EFCU, Deepwater Industries FCU, Jersey Shore FCU, Members 1st of NJ FCU, the New Jersey Credit Union League, Thunderbolt Area FCU, and Vizo Financial manned the tables and helped students through the simulation.

Members 1st of NJ, Bay Atlantic and Thunderbolt Area FCU Bring the Reality Fair Program Back to Bridgeton High School, Helping More Than 150 Students Reach Their Financial Goals

BRIDGETON, N.J. – Spring is in the air and with the harsh winter hopefully behind us, the Reality Fair Program has been underway with more than 10 Fairs happening this season. Last Friday, over 150 students gathered at Bridgeton High School, taking part and being advised in the school’s financial Reality Fair.

Ocean County College First-Year Students Get Financial Guidance Through Reality Fair Program

TOMS RIVER, N.J. – The New Jersey Credit Union Financial Reality Fair program visited students and faculty at Ocean County College yesterday, counseling 100 students on financial literacy. Volunteers from Credit Union of New Jersey, Healthcare Employees FCU, Jersey Shore FCU, Members 1st of NJ FCU, the New Jersey Credit Union League, Novartis FCU, Symbionce, and United Teletech Financial FCU manned the lifestyle booths and provided financial counseling.

Rutgers FCU Brings Reality Fair to University's 'Life After Rutgers' Event

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Rutgers Federal Credit Union hosted its third Reality Fair at Rutgers University on the college’s Busch Campus on Friday. The Reality Fair was held in conjunction with a special event titled "Life After Rutgers", which included networking, resume assistance, headshots, and professional wardrobe assistance from Macy's. 

Game On! NJ CU Foundation’s 8th Annual Casino Night Fundraiser Was a Sure Bet!

ISELIN, N.J. – The 8th Annual New Jersey Credit Union Foundation Casino Night fundraiser on March 22nd brought together credit union industry leaders, volunteers, and friends from around the state for a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament and casino table games, all for a great cause! The final numbers aren’t yet available, but it looks like the 8th Annual Casino Night was a success for the New Jersey Credit Union Foundation.

New, Lower Cost Established for Financial Reality Fairs; Grants Available to Off-Set Cost

Hands-On Financial Literacy Program Now More Affordable for NJ CUs to Bring to Schools Free of Charge

HIGHTSTOWN, N.J. – The NJ CU Foundation Board gathered recently for a quarterly meeting and to discuss the Reality Fair program. With new materials available for students, the Board established a new, lower cost per student ($12, down from $18) that goes into effect as of August 2017.