Community Financial Education
We believe in providing people with financial education programs that make their lives better. Financial education can help foster stability for individuals, families and entire communities; the more people know about money management, the more likely they are to improve and maintain their financial well-being.
Save at School program
Our Save at School program helps middle and elementary school students learn the habit of saving by making regular deposits during our on-site "bank days". We match each initial $5 opening deposit to a Save at School account. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to launch a Save at School program in your area.
Classes for seniors
Colleagues in all eight states determine specific financial literacy needs within their communities. Junior Achievement, Financial Beginnings, and local Senior Centers are often popular choices to provide financial training. Various classes are designed to address diverse ages. Topics range from avoiding fraud to juggling retirement savings and helping young professionals navigate the purchase of their first home. High School students learn how to protect their credit score and build their first budget.
We partner with organizations such as EverFi to supplement employee efforts with online financial education aimed at helping high school students develop a better understanding of financial decision making. During the 2018-2019 school year 5,859 students were reached with the EverFi program. This included 29 schools throughout the WaFd Bank footprint and totaled 26,783 hours of learning.
Lucas Wenzel, Personal Banker