America Saves Week 2011
America Saves is an ongoing nationwide campaign to encourage savings by low- to moderate- income households. Cooperative Extension and other government, business, and non-profit groups offer America Saves locally. The Consumer Federation of America is the lead organization for America Saves; among their partners, extension led the most extensive effort to motivate Americans to build wealth, not debt. A report of extension's planned activities is available on the NIFA Web site. Also, thousands of Americans at free-tax preparation sites learned how to save using the split tax refund. At the national level, eXtension educators offer unbiased help with financial questions 24/7, 365 days a year.
A component of this ongoing America Saves campaign was the 2010 America Saves Week, February 21–28, 2010, when Americans were encouraged to assess their savings and participate in activities focused on savings needs, debt repayment, emergency savings, homeownership, education, and retirement. USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is a national partner in this activity. Through local efforts in 25 States, extension encouraged citizens nation-wide to catch the savings habit during America Saves Week. The America Saves/America Saves Week Impact Report http://www.nifa.usda.gov/nea/economics/pdfs/2010_america_saves_imp.pdf highlights the successes of this effort.
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