News from Montana Credit Unions for Community Development

Have you visited Montana Credit Unions for Community Development’s revamped website, They’re growing a resource library full of information for consumers, financial counselors, program participants and partner info.

Financial Coaching Training dates are coming…one in October and one in November. Stay tuned for details.

Working with MT GEAR UP on a matched savings program. It will help gear up high school students save for college. We hope to roll it out next month.

Start to get ready for tax season with Montana Free File. To order MT Free File outreach materials, volunteer recruitment flyers and inserts, contact Jami at MCUCD.

For more information on these and many other programs, visit their website:



Scholarships offered for Jump$tart National Educator Conference

Experian has announced 20 scholarships for teachers to attend the 2014 Jump$tart National Educator Conference in Los Angeles.  Eligible teachers must be attending the conference for the first time.  Other selection criteria are detailed in the announcement, attached.

This announcement and general information about the conference can be found at

Conversations with the Fed: The Federal Reserve Act

Why was the Federal Reserve formed 100 years ago? Are you curious about the evolution of the Fed’s roles and responsibilities over time? Ever wonder how the Federal Reserve Bank cities were chosen? What exactly does the Federal Reserve Act say about the Fed’s roles in areas like monetary policy, discount window lending, and banking supervision? And what part does the Helena Branch play in fulfilling the responsibilities of the Federal Reserve? For answers to these questions and more, join Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Niel Willardson at the Helena Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis on August 5 for an educational presentation on the Federal Reserve Act in commemoration of the Fed’s Centennial.

Click here for a sneak preview of Niel’s presentation.

Prior to Niel’s presentation at 7:00 pm, there is an optional building tour:

6:00 pm Building Tour Participants will view the Bank’s collection of Montana art, enjoy historical exhibits and will also visit the Cash area. While the Cash department will not be operational at this time, the tour concludes with an informative video of the Cash operations.

August 5 7:00 pm Register here
The event is free, but seating is limited. Those interested in attending must register for the event. Walk-in visitors will not be accepted. Doors for the event will open at 5:45 pm. If you plan to attend the tour, please arrive by 6:00 pm.

Register here

Mobilizing Our Community in Support of Veterans – Two Symposiums

At two free educational symposiums in Billings and Helena, the Montana Military Alliances brings together non-military groups,  supporting organizations, non-profits, and agencies to increase their engagement with the Military population.

Montana AOS Symp Billings 12 August 2014

Montana AOS Symp Helena 15 August 2014

Montana is home to over 100,000 Veterans and thousands are reintegrating this year.  These free, one-day events feature special presentations, interactive activities and breakout sessions from organizations already supporting Montana’s military community.

The day features topical breakout sessions on behavioral health, faith, legal and financial topics relating to military and veterans.  “Where do we go from here?” is answered in a group activity, designed to help communities serve the needs of this significant population.

Organizations wanting to serve this population are encouraged to attend, or contact  Sheila Warner with questions.