Community Affairs sponsors conferences, roundtable discussions, telephone seminars, and workshops for the exchange of information and ideas, among lenders, community groups, and government officials. Our involvement in community outreach activities allows us to give back to our communities and to better understand their needs and concerns. We also observe how government policies and private investment work to revitalize neighborhoods, build businesses, and improve lifestyles for many. We invite you to share in our community outreach experience, by viewing the links and photos on this page.
NeighborWorks America (NWA) was founded by Congress in the 1970s to create opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives, and strengthen their communities, In recognition of that mission, NWA celebrates NeighborWorks Week each year in June. As part of that celebration, NWA’s 235 network organizations participate in events to beautify neighborhoods and enhance affordable housing developments. In each participating community, local residents join business leaders, bankers, government officials, and volunteers to support these efforts. In Washington, OCC headquarters volunteers join other NWA Board members and staff to help landscape and beautify affordable housing located in the District of Columbia.
Financial Literacy Events
Financial Literacy is a key component of the OCC’s mission to ensure a safe and sound national banking system that provides all Americans with fair and equal access to credit and banking services. Community Affairs participates in financial literacy events and provides information to customers of national banks and federal savings associations to assist them in making informed financial decisions. Financial Literacy events include, America Saves Week, Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day, National Consumer Protection Week, Financial Literacy Month, Financial Literacy Day on the Hill, National Protect Your Identity Week, and Operation HOPE’s Banking on Our Future program. For a complete list of financial literacy resources, issues, and events, please visit the Financial Literacy Resource Directory and Financial Literacy Updates.
OCC Staff on the Road and in Communities
OCC staff participates in over 200 outreach events held each year throughout the OCC’s four regions. These events give OCC staff a first-hand look at local community development activities and provide a wealth of information about local community reinvestment initiatives and best practices. In addition to roundtables and community forums, OCC staff helps organize and participates in such activities as neighborhood tours, site inspections, and affordable housing groundbreakings.