Margaret VanGinkel
Human Sciences Extension and Outreach

Family Finance
515-727-0656
vangin@iastate.edu

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Margaret Van Ginkel, an ISU Extension and Outreach hotlines coordinator and human sciences specialist in family finance, is making a difference at Iowa State University. She is one of the women being honored by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics on the 11th annual Women Impacting ISU calendar.
 

December can be the season for financial stress, but Iowans don’t have to take on that stress by themselves. Iowa Concern, from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, can help – with a toll-free phone number, live chat capabilities and a website available 24/7 at no charge.

 

While gambling is harmless entertainment for most Iowans, gambling can lead to personal and financial problems for others. During Problem Gambling Awareness Month, Iowans are encouraged to have the conversation about gambling with those they care about.

Iowa teachers and other educators are invited to “Take a Jump into Financial Literacy” July 16 at the 15th Annual Conference for Personal Financial Literacy sponsored by Iowa Jump$tart. The free conference runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the FFA Enrichment Center at DMACC in Ankeny.

For 14 years, Teen Line has given Iowa teens a place to get their questions answered with reliable and research-based information through anonymous phone calls or online chats. Teen Line answers questions ranging from health and wellness to relationships to sexually transmitted diseases. This hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Iowans have a chance to brush up on money management skills during Money Smart Week, April 18-25, 2015.

Safety and stress during harvest season cannot be ignored, says Margaret Van Ginkel, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach human sciences program specialist and Iowa Concern Hotline coordinator. Contact Iowa Concern Hotline to talk or chat online with stress counselors, seek out legal education and other appropriate resources.

Iowans have a chance to brush up on their money management skills during Money Smart Week April 5-12, 2014. Financial institutions, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and community groups have teamed up to offer a full week of events designed to help Iowans of all ages better manage their finances.

Margaret Van Ginkel, coordinator for Iowa Concern hotline – a service made available through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, recommends actions that help prevent stress from taking over your life. Most important is to talk out your problems.

Iowans have a chance to brush up on money management skills during the 12th annual Money Smart Week, April 20-27. Special events and classes will be offered in Council Bluffs, Creston, Harlan, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and the Quad Cities.