Free Clinics ! Financial Health Clinic Day by the Bankruptcy Section of the NC Bar Assc.

Article Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Written By: Russell Rawlings




Saturday, April 30, has been declared Financial Health Clinic Day by the Bankruptcy Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. On this day, a free statewide clinic promoting personal financial knowledge to the citizens of North Carolina will be conducted in eight cities across the state.

The event, which coincides with Financial Literacy and Education Month, will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m.. Partners in this endeavor include Legal Aid of North Carolina and Consumer Credit Counseling Services offices throughout the state.  

Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, Tax and legal aid lawyers who are well versed in financial issues will offer free legal information and as well as information about consumer rights and debt relief options. CPAs and other financial professionals will also offer free information and educational materials. The Foreclosure Prevention office will assist those in foreclosure and CCCS will offer information on budgeting, credit empowerment and debt counseling.  

Other participating organizations include the N.C. Association of CPAs, the N.C. Housing Finance Agency’s office of Foreclosure Prevention, the FDIC, the N.C. Institute for Minority Economic Development, State Employees Credit Union, the Center for Responsible Lending, The North Carolina Treasurer’s Office, State Farm Insurance, NC Secretary of State’s Investor Education Office, the Center for Responsible Lending, Wells Fargo/Wachovia and many others (location participants may vary).  
Cities and site locations are:

  • Asheville – United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, 50 South French Broad Avenue
  • Charlotte – Johnson C. Smith University, Business Administration & Economics “Family Dollar” Room, 100 Beatties Ford Road
  • Durham – Center for Responsible Lending, 302 West Main Street
  • Greensboro – Center City Park, 200 North Elm St.; rain location, Greensboro Cultural Center, 200 North Davie Street
  • New Bern – Garber United Methodist Church, 4201 Country Club Road, Trent Woods
  • Raleigh – Alexander YMCA, 1603 Hillsborough Street
  • Wilmington – Self Help Credit Union, 272 North Front Street
  • Winston-Salem-  Forsyth Medical Center Conference Center, 3333 Silas Creek Parkway

To volunteer, please contact the area chair where you would like to volunteer by e-mail.  Please provide your name, organization, email address and telephone number.  The area chairs are as follows:

“All participants are encouraged to provide financial education materials,” Wright added. “We recognize that many people who attend the event will be in financial trouble and each venue will offer attorneys and credit counselors to answer legal and general questions dealing with consumer credit, debt and financial concerns.

Let Your Voice be Heard

The North Carolina Department of  Transportation is conducting a survey.  This is to gather information to incorporate into future plans regarding transportation in our state.  There will be a PDF form in this blog that you can print out and mail in.  Other options would be to contact NCDOT to request a survey their number is 1-877-DOT-4YOU -( 1-877-368-4968).  You can also go to their website .  (The survey can be filled out on line)  If you are unable to obtain a survey through their office please contact our office and we will make sure you get one.  919-835-3636 or 1-888-762-7452.   These surveys will be collected through the month of May.  So……let your voice be heard, fill one out!

Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia

Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia
Airs Tuesday, April 26th
10pm on UNC-TV
It was produced and directed by physician, Delaney Ruston, whose father had schizophrenia.It’s gotten rave reviews at showings on national public television and locally, by NAMI in Durham, Moore County and the Clinical Update Conference in Pinehurst.

Public television stations across the country have the option of airing it and we are most fortunate to be able to collaborate with UNC-TV to find a spot for it.
Attached are links to promotional materials which can be used in any publications and newsletters.

More are available at:



NAMIWALKSinASHEVILLE–CarrierPark–Saturday,April30,2011Our second annual NAMIWALKS in ASHEVILLE will be held at Carrier Park on Amboy Road in Asheville on Saturday, April 30 from 9 am – noon!

Our WALK will include NAMI members from all over Western North Carolina. Our NAMI Western Carolina team, the Asheville Stargazers, already has their webpage and registration/donation page set up at . NAMI High Country in Boone, NAMI Four Seasons in Hendersonville with the 6th Avenue Clubhouse, and NAMI Appalachian South in Franklin have already agreed to send teams! We hope that all WC affiliates will take this opportunity to bring attention to the need for more NAMI trainings and education classes by sending their own team to raise money for their affiliate! Individual companies and organizations can also set up their own teams specifying which WC affiliate the money should go to. Proceeds from the WALK are shared 50-50 with NAMI North Carolina.

Sponsors thus far are Mission Hospital, Best Friends Pet Cemetary & Crematory, Tender Loving Care, Arboc Mobility, and One Mind Mental Illness Ministry. Contributors so far are Asheville Tourists Baseball, Charlotte Street Computers, CIJP, the Corn Husk Shoppe, Frankie Bones, Ingles, Judy DeHavilland, Laurey’s Catering, Mercury Creative Group, Moondoggies, Riverlink, Sparkling Clean, and Studio Chavarria.

We continue to look for Sponsors at all levels ($250 – $10,000) to help us with this event as well as those who can contribute an “in-kind” donation of a service coupon or gift certificate or an item that can be sold at our Silent Auction and Raffle. Please be generous. We know that the economic times are difficult, but the monies raised will be used to support our mission of mental health support, education and advocacy. Funding for these services statewide are in great danger of being additionally cut. Help NAMI to do what it can. All of our of classes and groups are provided free and open to anyone.

For more information on how to register or to register over the phone as a WALKER for the Asheville Stargazers, please call Christine at 828-505-7353 or email: To sign up for another a


SUSAN REINHARDT, writer, and columnist for The Asheville Citizen-Times and Verve Magazine has agreed to be our Honoroary Chairperson.