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Ohio Saves

Ohio Saves

What is Ohio Saves?

Ohio Saves is a part of the national America Saves campaign – an initiative to help all people focus on saving money, reducing debt, and building wealth over time. Launched in May of 2013, Ohio Saves is an opportunity for OSU Extension to increase visibility and build new partnerships and funders as we empower Ohioans to take charge of their financial future. Ohio Saves is a year long project; particular emphasis is available for America Saves Week, in February of each year.

Who is it for?

Ohio Saves is for ALL Ohioans - there are no income or other limitations to who can participate.

Why is Extension partnering with Ohio Saves?

Extension is partnering with Ohio Saves in order to extend and deepen our impact by engaging our communities and creating long term behavior change. Ohio Saves provides savers with free tools, resources, and expert advice to make consistent progress toward their savings goals and build financial stability in communities. In addition, work with America Saves and partners in each community bring increased visibility and potential funding sources to Extension programs.

What are the benefits to Ohio Savers?

  • Access to online saving and tracking tools
  • Free subscription to quarterly American Saver newsletter via email with tips, tricks, and strategies for saving money and paying down debt
  • Free monthly e-mail newsletters with savings advice from national experts
  • Access to daily Facebook and Twitter posts with additional tips and tricks for saving money

What is the added value for my classes?

Benefits for classes are twofold. First, each saver creates a concrete savings goal that is written and measurable. This action alone contributes to sustained behavior change after participants leave the class or workshop. Second, savers receive free, ongoing support, encouragement, and tools from America Saves to continue striving toward their savings goals.

What is the benefit for my work?

Each saver is registered in an Ohio Saves database. This database provides Extension professionals with the number of Ohioans they have impacted and the amount savers have pledged in aggregate. These numbers are highly effective in demonstrating Extension’s valuable impact in communities to stakeholders and funders, as well as reportable for performance measurement purposes.

How is Ohio Saves delivered?

Extension professionals have the opportunity to share Ohio Saves with Ohioans in all settings: classes, workshops, exhibits, EFNEP classes, SNAP-Ed classes, fair displays, and many others.  Opportunity for special emphasis and visibility is available during America Saves Week, in February of each year.

How do Savers enroll?

Savers enroll online at the official Ohio Saves website:

Questions: Pat Bebo