May 2013 -- "Many people throughout Tennessee and across the country have been hit hard by the recession and all indications are that we still have a ways to go to recover. Consumer debt now tops $2.45 trillion," said Dallas S. Bunton, Sr; CEO and Chairman of North American Credit Services (NACS) and Medical Services of Chattanooga. That's why, NACS employees helped raise over $2,000 in April for the ACA International Education Foundation, in support of consumer financial literacy efforts locally and around the globe. "Our employees know better than anyone the challenge consumers face in managing their personal finances," said Bunton. "Helping the people we contact learn the skills they need to use credit wisely and regain control of their finances, gives us pride in the important work we do."
The month-long, charitable activities at NACS Chattanooga-based, corporate headquarters included: 'Blue Jean Casual Days', a competitive 'Chili Cook-Off' and 'Pie Bake-Off', culminating for a campus-wide picnic; as participated by the 200 plus employees.
"Money raised will allow the Foundation to expand its important work in financial education, such as providing free electronic Community Education Kits regarding consumer rights and money management basics;" Chris Wunder, ACA International Education Foundation Chair.The ACA International Education Foundation is the philanthropic arm of ACA International, the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals. The mission of the Foundation is to increase financial literacy through research, education, job training and public advocacy.
"Consumers deserve to be treated respectfully and are entitled to reliable information about debt collection and their legal rights," stated Wunder. That's why, the ACA International Education Foundation created www.askdoctordebt.org, a valuable, free and confidential consumer website to help provide answers to debt related questions. AskDoctorDebt.org, is available in both English and Spanish, and features straightforward answers, links to resources and helpful tools for consumers. Visitors are not asked to register, provide any personal data or required to pay for information. "We are able to provide this free global service, much thanks to the support such as provided by NACS." Since the Ask Doctor Debt launch, this program has reached more than 25 million consumers with its important message.
About the Charity
The ACA International Education Foundation is a 501 (c) (3), the philanthropic arm of ACA International, the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals. The mission of the Foundation is to increase financial literacy through research, education, job training and public affairs. www.acainternational.org/foundation.