Virginia Saves Piggy Bank Pageant & Photo Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to all of the sponsoring organizations, volunteers, parents, and most of all, youth savers that participated in Virginia Saves 3rd Piggy Bank Pageant and Photo contest.

As we celebrate and promote financial literacy initiatives in April each year, Virginia Saves appreciates the work by our educators, community volunteers and family to help teach youth on the benefits of saving.  These life lessons are important for all of us as we seek to help families and communities become financially fit.

This year, 70 entries were received from 10 communities in Virginia, including: Charlottesville, Dublin, Newport, Pearisburg, Pembroke, Portsmouth, Radford, Roanoke and Virginia Beach.

In addition to individual entries submitted directly to Virginia Saves, we would like to acknowledge the participation from these groups:

·        Beans and Rice, Radford

·        Beta Chi Omega Chapter Alpha Kapa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Roanoke

·        Community Housing Partners, Yorktown and Portsmouth

·        Eastern Elementary/Middle School

·        Girl Scout Daisy Troop #17

·        Greenstone on 5th Neighborhood Network Community Center, Charlottesville

Winners by Class:  See Winners on Facebook

Virginia Saves and Virginia Saves appreciate the support and sponsorship of BB&T, Virginia Housing Development Authority and America Saves.  We will be coordinating with sponsoring organization for the presentation of awards.
Teresa Walker
Virginia Saves, Chair
Piggy Bank Pageant


Text Messaging Can Help You Save More

America Saves Announces New Text Message Service and Chance to Win $500

America Saves is committed to finding innovative ways to help you succeed financially. That's why we are excited to launch a new free text message service, as part of Financial Literacy Month, to keep you motivated to save. Text messages will come in the form of tips to help you find money to save, as well as advice and reminders to help you save for your specific goal.

And if that isn't enough, we are giving away $500 to help one person reach their savings goal.

How to enter to win the $500:
Sign up to receive text message from America Saves between April 1 and April 30, 2013 by texting the goal that you want to receive tips, advice, and reminders on. While anyone can sign up to receive text messages, you must by 18 to win. Choose from:

• Saving for an Emergency Fund -- Text EMERGENCY to 88769
• Saving for Education -- Text EDUCATION to 88769
• Debt Repayment -- Text DEBT to 88769
• Saving for a Home -- Text HOUSE to 88769
• Saving for Retirement -- T ext RETIRE to 88769
• General Savings -- Text SAVES to 88769

It's a win-win situation. One lucky person will win $500 to help them reach their savings goal - and everyone will win by staying motivated to save.  

D on't forget to share this with friends and family. It may be the thing that helps them set their goal to start and emergency fund, pay down debt, or save for items like education or retirement. 

Good Luck and Happy Saving!
Virginia Saves