Phroogal is hosting a discussion in Missoula about financial wellness.

Let’s talk about financial wellness – Phroogal is coming to Missoula!

Participate in the Money and Mindset seminar by Jason Vitug of Phroogal! Starts at 2:30pm on June 24 in Missoula at the Governor’s Room, 111 N. Higgins.

Missoula area credit unions are sponsoring pit-stop #24 on Phroogal’s 30 cities in 30 days nationwide tour, zigzagging across the United States to break a social taboo- openly talking about Money!

Phroogal, a financial education service that empowers millennials to make better informed financial decisions, is hitting the road on an epic 10,000 mile road trip across the US to get people talking about their financial wellness. Jason Vitug, Founder & CEO, will be stopping in Missoula on Wednesday, June 24th to host a discussion with anyone interested in personal finance.



Mini Grants Available to Help End Childhood Hunger

1 in 5 Montana children live in families who struggle to provide enough food on a regular basis. That is over 22%, or 48,000.

MFEC is excited to share that The Montana Partnership to End Childhood Hunger (MT-PECH) has mini-grants available to support activities that further the goals included in their 10 Step Plan to End Childhood Hunger! Feel free to share the application (link below) with local program contacts who may be able to benefit from a grant of $250-$1000. Applications are currently being accepted by MT-PECH on an ongoing basis, as funds become available. Please note that funds are limited, so just refer key local partners or projects to the grant opportunity.

In addition, because grant funding is available through Montana No Kid Hungry to support Summer Food Service Programs, School Breakfast expansion, and CACFP At-Risk Afterschool Meal Programs, MT-PECH grant applications to support these specific programs will not be considered.

If you have questions, please reach out to MT-PECH’s Co-Chairs:

MT-PECH Grant Application

Governor Bullock with Broadwater Elementary Students

Broadwater Elementary Students Celebrate Financial Foundations Certification

On May 29, third and fourth grade students from Broadwater Elementary in Helena gathered at the Capitol to celebrate their certification in EverFi’s Financial Foundations program. Governor Steve Bullock, along with members of EverFi, Valley Bank, Montana Bankers Association, and MFEC, attended to celebrate with the students. They are the first elementary group in Montana to gain certification in the program.

Governor Steve Bullock spoke to the students, their teachers, and families in the Capitol rotunda. Key stakeholders in the program were in attendance, including Ray Martinez and Mick Karls (EverFi), Andy O’Neill and Dave Novotney (Valley Bank), SteveTurkiewicz and Pam O’Reilly (Montana Banker’s Association), and Diana Holshue (MFEC).

The Financial Foundations Program is a web-based financial literacy platform for students. Developed by leading education technology company EverFi, it was brought to local area schools by Valley Bank. This public-private partnership is empowering Montana students across the state with critical money management skills.