Friday, September 4, 2015

A Gift from Old Point National Bank

Thanks to a Girl Scout alumna, Sherrie Hastings, Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast received a gift from Old Point National Bank to support the Council’s efforts to provide financial literacy to girls. Hastings, who is also an Old Point stockholder, nominated GSCCC, an organization that has meant so much to her in her life, to receive a donation from Old Point at their Annual Stockholders' Meeting. In addition to being a Girl Scout leader, Sherrie was also a Girl Scout trainer who loved the outdoors and inspired others to travel in her footsteps as an environmentalist and outdoor enthusiast.

April Howard, assistant manager for the Hilltop Old Point branch,
GSCCC CEO Tracy Keller, Raven Henning, assistant manger for
the bank's Greenbrier brand
As financial literacy has becoming a growing concern in the country, Girl Scouts has connected with community partners, such as Old Point National Bank, to teach girls about saving, budgeting and planning for the future. The Girl Scout Research Institute found that while girls are optimistic about their financial futures, they lack the financial confidence and knowledge that they will need to one day achieve their dreams. In fact, 90 percent of girls say that it is important for them to learn how to manage money, but only 12 percent feel “very confident” making financial decisions.

To address this issue, Old Point National Bank has offered financial literacy workshops for Girl Scouts of all ages over the past two years at several of their branches. With the help of financial experts from Old Point, girls have been earning a variety of financial literacy badges, including the Money Matters badge and the Good Credit badge. Old Point plans to continue this successful effort as part of their community outreach.

To schedule a troop visit to a Old Point branch, or to invite a speaker to your next meeting, contact Raven Henning at 757-224-6001 or April Howard at 757-325-6122. Please allow at least one week notice.

Get more information about our community partners here.