The Grand Haven Neighborhood Housing Services department will host a Show Me the Money Day next week. It will take place at the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Ave, from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1.
The event, created by the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan, is designed as an interactive financial resource fair to help people reach their money goals.
“This was created as sort of a kickoff to tax season,” Grand Haven Neighborhood Development Coordinator Rhonda Kleyn said. “This will be our fifth annual event.”
Show Me the Money Day will include free financial workshops, tax preparation appointments for income-eligible residents, dinner and kids activities, and the chance to win prizes.
“Our event is designed for families to come to,” said Nan Soper, a housing educator assistant for the city’s Neighborhood Housing Services. “We’re trying to attract families, older adults and people of all income levels.”
Organizers say the event is designed to provide highly valuable information that is unbiased, and note that the presenters aren’t there to sell products or services.
“Each one will be 20 minutes long and most will be repeated at least twice during the evening,” Soper said. “We will also have over 25 organizations participating in our resource fair.”
Presentation topics include: wills and estate planning; mortgage readiness and credit; budgeting and saving; identity protection; renting versus buying; the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, college scholarships and the Tuition Incentive Program; detailing the home-buying process; eating healthy and saving money; energy bill savings; and keeping Social Security benefits while working.
There will also be a video orientation and question-and-answer session about the West Michigan Works! programs.
Organizers say they hope people who live outside of Grand Haven attend the Show Me the Money event.
“Muskegon and Holland always used to do one,” Kleyn said, “and, this year, they have elected not to. Our hope is that people who do enjoy the event from Holland and Muskegon can come to the one in Grand Haven.”