Commitment to Financial Education
Financial education helping strengthen communities
You’re never too old or too young to learn. This is certainly the case when it comes to financial education, which is a significant focus of Old National’s community engagement efforts.
While several Old National associates devote time to teaching financial literacy throughout the year, our Financial Empowerment Officer Ben Joergens focuses on this community need on a daily basis. As part of Old National’s Community Development Banking team, Joergens works daily to cultivate partnerships, research and develop curricula and teach classes on personal financial management to children and adults of all ages.
Old National recently partnered with the Henderson County (Ky.) Detention Center to bring a financial literacy program to female inmates who have been incarcerated for substance abuse-related crimes. The 12-week program encompassed a variety of important personal finance topics.
In addition, Old National associates helped develop the financial education curriculum in use by “Bank On” partners throughout many Old National communities. The Bank On program provides mainstream financial services, as well as basic knowledge, to those who would not otherwise have a banking relationship.
“The need for financial education far exceeds what we alone can provide,” explained Kathy Schoettlin, Old National’s Chief Community Relations and Social Responsibility Officer. “Ben does a great job of developing partnerships, recruiting volunteers and supplying others with the tools they need to teach, so we can share the knowledge and spread our resources as widely as possible.”