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Wells Fargo Grants $50K to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward for Hands on Banking® program

Wells Fargo’s Stephen Castano teaches students the basics money, savings and budgeting as part of the Hands on Banking® initiative.

Wells Fargo Grants $50K to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward for Hands on Banking® program

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      Wells Fargo Bank granted $50,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County to support the implementation of the bank’s Hands on Banking® initiative in schools across Broward County. The program, to be taught by local Wells Fargo volunteers, teaches students about money, savings, and budgeting using age-appropriate, noncommercial, interactive, and entertaining tools.

“It was a natural fit for Wells Fargo to come to us to help deliver this important program,” said Ana M. Cedeño, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County.  “We have a strong relationship with the bank at our board level and solid experience and connections in Broward County schools.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters plans to target elementary, middle, and high schools in which they already have established relationships to implement Hands on Banking®. Wells Fargo associates from branches in the same neighborhoods as the schools will teach the curriculum to the students.

“This is a neighborhood-centric effort to bring local bank volunteers into the classroom to teach as many youth as possible about financial literacy and the importance of developing healthy money management skills,” added Cedeño. “These skills are foundational to the students’ future success.”

The Hands-on Banking® program is a part of Wells Fargo’s corporate social responsibility initiative focused on working with nonprofits to create solutions to social, economic, and environmental challenges and strengthen communities for current and future generations.

“We’re simply thrilled to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County to offer this important foundation for future financial success,” said Ines Ross, Senior Vice President/Senior Private Banker at Wells Fargo Bank.  “We’re also very appreciative of the many volunteers from Wells Fargo branches who will venture into the classrooms to teach these young people.  Hands on Banking® is a great way to connect to the Broward County community on multiple levels.”

 

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