We’ve been busy in Adrian these last couple of weeks helping our neighbors improve their lives.
On Feb. 22, we gave high school students from the Britton Deerfield School District, Morenci Area Schools and Riverside Academy a lesson in real-life financial management at the It’s Reality fair at Adrian College. Students picked a hypothetical career and established the average monthly starting salary. They were then provided with a budget sheet that included monthly income, an amount in a credit union account and a credit score. Using the budget sheet, they had to manage their finances by making smart purchases and staying within budget.
The goal of the fair was to give participants a dose of reality and make them understand the value of making wise financial decisions. Several staff members from MEC attended the event and helped students make decisions on furniture, food, transportation, technology and more.
On March 1, MEC team members took to the street to help raise money for utility assistance for families in need during the annual Walk 4 Warmth event in downtown Adrian. Participants raised roughly $13,000, which Consumers Energy pledged to match for a total donation of over $26,000. The Community Action Agency will use the funds to help people avoid shut-offs and other heat-related emergencies.