By Victoria Tang, ACDC youth intern
The Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC ) organized a field trip for 12 Chinatown seniors to Boston Private Bank & Trust Company on June 20. Valerie Wong, a retired schoolteacher who volunteers as an English instructor to seniors at ACDC’s Reading Room in the Oak Terrace Apartments coordinated the event with May Lui, an ACDC staff member. Wong wanted to give a practical lesson for her students.
At Boston Private Bank’s headquarters in downtown Boston, the seniors enjoyed informative presentations on finances and investments. Sandy Chin of the residential mortgage department explained lending, mortgages and the process of acquiring a mortgage.
Annie Collins and Maria Colombo from the deposit management department gave a presentation about online banking, and credit versus debit cards.
One important topic was how to avoid identity theft, which the seniors found useful. The seniors learned how to open a bank account, how to use a debit card and how to cash a check. Lui translated the presentation from English into Mandarin.
This field trip is only one of the many community engagement services that ACDC offers. In addition to real estate development, ACDC also offers programs such as the Comprehensive Housing Opportunities Program, the only program in New England that offers workshops in Chinese, and the A-VOYCE youth leadership academy.
For more information about ACDC’s resources, visit www.asiancdc.org.
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