Maddox: Money Smart response outstanding

PLYMOUTH — Although the concept of Money Smart Week is new to Marshall County, United Way Executive Director Jennifer Maddox was pleased that several local businesses volunteered to be a part of the events of the week, sponsored by the United Way.
During the Saturday portion of the fair, Maddox said, “The response from professionals has been outstanding.”
Joseph Goepfrich, vice-president for development with the Marshall County Community Foundation, believes in local philanthropy giving. He was just one of several vendors participating in the event. However, Goepfrich also stresses that people should be cautious with donations.
“Events like Money Smart help identity charities that are worthy of support now and in the future,” he said.
The mission of the Marshall County Community Foundation is to serve all of Marshall County, its people and its future through the growth and administration of endowment funding and philanthropy. He also expressed his hope that many community members will join them Nov. 17 for the “Community Conversation on Economic Development.”
Tom Blackburn, owner of Ponderosa in Plymouth, is also a United Way board member. Black-burn’s business donated refreshments for the fair.
“This is a good event,” he said. “I want to do everything I can to broaden the appeal of United Way.”
Also setting up a table for information was Indiana State Trooper Brooks Johnson. The ISP offered several informative handouts on preventing identity theft and spotting fraudulent activities.
John Vialard, Marshall County REMC and Laura Matney, Wabash Valley Power, shared their expertise on energy savings Saturday as well.
Vialard said, “Energy efficiency is very important right now.”
Both Vialard and Matney stressed the need for conserving energy now to avoid the need of more construction of power plants in the future.
Maddox said she knows this is a new concept for Marshall County, but believes having one place to learn from a variety of topics is a helpful way to promote money management.
“We clearly think this is beneficial,” she said.