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Bank offers free financial guidance


LTN Staff Report


Those interested in receiving financial guidance at no charge will have a chance to do so Friday.

Fifth Third Bank, in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club of Lincoln County, the United Way of Lincoln County, the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse and the Cleveland County Community Development Corporation, will be bringing its “eBus” to Lincolnton to provide free financial and mortgage counseling and free credit reports.

The Fifth Third Bank eBus is a 40-foot-long transit bus that has been retrofitted into a mobile financial classroom to help meet the financial challenges facing low- and moderate-income communities. It provides free financial help directly to under-served neighborhoods across Fifth Third’s 12-state footprint.

The event, scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bojangles’ parking lot on East Main Street, is open to the public and, specifically, anyone looking to take advantage of this opportunity to get help to stay on track financially.

Those attending will be able to take part in the following services:

  • View credit reports and credit scores
  • Receive money-management tips and budgeting help
  • Get information on affordable home loans and refinancing
  • Learn how to prevent home foreclosures
  • Open a checking or savings account, or apply for a home mortgage, auto loan or credit card
  • One-on-one evaluation of personal finances
  • Speak with credit counselors from nonprofit agencies
  • Learn about identity-theft prevention tactics

“The Fifth Third Bank eBus helps strengthen communities by providing convenient access to financial services and financial education,” said Jada Grandy, Fifth Third Bank’s North Carolina Community Development Executive, in a press release. “Providing access to financial services outside of our traditional offices makes it not only convenient, but also less intimidating, for residents in the under-served communities of Lincoln County.”

Fifth Third has 56 banking locations in North Carolina and is headquartered in Charlotte.

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