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• Arkansas-Specific Related Websites •
National Center for Home Food Preservation
is an excellent source for current research-based recommendations for most
methods of home food preservation. The Center was established with funding from
the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, U.S. Department
of Agriculture (CSREES-USDA) to address food safety concerns for those who
practice and teach home food preservation and processing methods.
- University of Missouri Outreach and Extension has a
Preservation FAQ searchable database this site.
Coalition is a non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce hunger and
end malnutrition in Arkansas through collective action, advocacy, and education.
The mission is fulfilled by sharing information and resources, by advocating for
the hungry and for organizations serving them, and by affirming and publicizing
successful hunger relief programs in the state. The site provides links to
Arkansas organizations fighting hunger, community gardening projects, government
programs related to nutrition and hunger, national hunger relief organizations,
state model hunger-relief programs, and statistics on hunger and food security.
Attorney General's Office - The home page of the Arkansas Attorney
The Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) provides information about
the services the Department provides, as well as contact information and
location of local offices. Informational and statistical reports can also be
Department of Human Services - Division of Aging and Adult Services, Adult Protective
Services - Describes role of the Adult Protective Services and provides
useful links to other sites with helpful information on elder financial abuse.
The Arkansas Department of Education website provides information about
public school programs in Arkansas. The mission of the Department is to provide
the highest quality leadership, service, and support to school districts and
schools in order that they may provide equitable, quality education for all
students in Arkansas public schools. With a staff of approximately 300
professionals, the ADE is firmly committed to this mission.
Arkansas Department of Education Child Nutrition Network administers the
National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the School Breakfast Program (SBP), the
Special Milk Program (SMP) and the Nutrition Education and Training (NET)
Program in the public schools in Arkansas. The unit provides technical
assistance, training, monitoring, and processes claims for partial reimbursement
of funds used inthe operation of local programs.
The Census State Data Center (CSDC) is an established network of 28 Arkansas
agencies working together through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Bureau
of the Census to improve use and delivery of Census and other data to the
public. The CSDC houses all Arkansas information provided to the states from the
U.S. Census Bureau. The information is disseminated to government agencies,
businesses, and individuals.
AARP - Formerly the American Association of Retired Persons, AARP provides resources
and educational programs designed to help Americans make their own choices,
reach their goals and dreams and make the most of their lives after 50.
Institute for Economic Research - Interactive Cost-of-Living Calculator where you can look at price changes in many categories.
Income Taxes - The official comprehensive site to learn about Arkansas
income taxes. Maintained by the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration,
it provides tax forms and instructions, information on electronic filing of
income taxes and withholding, and a site for persons to e-mail income and withholding
for Financial Counseling & Planning Education is dedicated to teaching
others how to manage personal finances and operates a certification program,
Accredited Financial Counselors (AFC).
Baby Boomers and Retirement
features sites that discuss retirement
issues for baby boomers such as can health insurance for retirees be cut,
planning for retirement, and retirement personality profile.
is a quick tool to help you estimate the amount of money you will need to
fund a comfortable retirement.
- A national site that provides interest rate information to savers and
Federation of America is an advocacy organization that works on behalf of
consumers on a variety of issues including personal finance.
Farm Families and Retirement
discusses how farmers can set up retirement
plans and how to manage if a farm operation is no longer profitable.
– Best known for its searchable database of 600,000 scholarships, this site also provides general financial aid information, including calculators and tips on admission.
Consumer Information Center - Hundreds of fact sheets for consumers on topics ranging from insurance to
telemarketing fraud. Home of the Consumer Information Handbook, a 160
page resource, that provides advice on car repair, purchase and leasing,
shopping from home, avoiding consumer and investment fraud; home improvement and
financing and much more.
Income Taxes - The
official comprehensive site for the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
provides tax forms and instructions, a tax calendar, tax tips for individuals
and businesses, updates on rules and regulations, and information on how to
contact the IRS.
Trade Commission's Consumer Response Center - A list of topics to look-up when consumers have
complaints about products or services.
Calculators for Retirement Planning offers calculators to help you make
investment decisions including calculating mutual fund costs, making tax-free
versus taxable yield comparisons, figuring loan costs and savings returns.
Engines is low-cost web site that advises employees and individuals on how much money they will need to retire and how to allocate those tax-deferred investments.
International Service Office - Gives contact information on how to locate a group plus
information about compulsive gambling.
Investment for Tomorrow) - The 529 education savings plan for the state of
Theft - The U. S. Government's central web site on identity theft.
Cooperative Extension Service
Institute for Financial
Literacy - Founded in 2002, the is a non-profit organization whose mission
is to make effective financial literacy education available to all American
adults. The Institute accomplishes its mission by developing financial literacy
education programs a partnering with non-profit, educational and governmental
organizations to integrate these programs into their existing service. The
Institute also has published the National Standards in Adult Financial Literacy
Investing for Success
an interactive program that specifically targets African-Americans who lag
behind other groups with similar incomes when it comes to investing.
Investing for Your
Future - Investing
For Your Future is an
11-unit home study course developed by the Cooperative Extension system for
beginning investors with small dollar amounts to invest at any one time. The
authors assumed that many readers will be investing for the first time or
selecting investment products, such as a stock index fund or unit investment
trust, that they have not purchased previously. The following units are cited:
Unit 5, Fixed-Income Investing, includes a discussion on bonds; Unit 4, Equity
Investing, includes a discussion on stocks; Unit 6, Investing in Mutual Funds,
includes a discussion on mutual funds; and Unit 10 - Selecting Your Team of
Financial Professionals, includes a discussion on when to use financial advisors
including bankers, real estate agents, lawyers, accountants, employee benefit
counselors, life insurance agents, estate planners, investment advisors, stock
brokers or financial planners.
Is Your Financial
Security at Risk? (University of
Illinois Extension Service) - Is Your
Financial Security At Risk is an
interactive tool. By answering the questions, you can determine
how to spend your insurance dollars.
Medicare web site -
the home page for Medicare information.
Medicare Basics -
Basics. Medicare is a health insurance program for people 65 years and
older, some people, under age 65, with disabilities, and people with
End-Stage Renal Disease. Medicare Basics has information on coverage,
eligibility, enrollment, and your Medicare card.
Medicare is a health insurance program for people 65 years and older, some
people, under age 65, with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal
Disease. Medicare Plan Choices site has information about original Medicare,
managed care, private fee-for-service, and Medicare supplement insurance (medigap
Aging Information Center - This service of the U.S. Administration on Aging
offers searchable databases on AoA supported materials and reports, publications,
a calendar of events, statistical resources on the aging, GAO reports related
to aging issues, and web links. The site also contains a link to the MedLine
Database of the National Library of Medicine.
Association of Triads, Inc. - Home page of the National Association of Triads,
a tax-exempt affiliate corporation of the National Sheriffs' Association that
acts as an umbrella organization providing advice, support, technical assistance
and training to local Triads throughout the U.S. Triads include representatives
from AARP, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National
Sheriffs' Association. These groups have agreed to work together to help ensure
Center on Elder Abuse - This is a federal grant-funded partnership of leading organizations involved
with preventing elder abuse. On its Web site, you will find comprehensive
information about elder abuse: its causes and victims, elder abuse laws by
state, hotline reporting numbers, fact sheets, and research reports, with
extensive annotated Web links to state, national, and international sites.
Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) - A useful resource for all types of
victims of crime. Includes domestic violence and other websites for every state;
elder abuse posters that can be ordered from NCVC; a discussion forum for both
victims and professionals; overview of elder abuse laws and policies; and regularly-updated
news stories from across the country. Some references and links are not, however,
up to date. Immediate advice for domestic violence victims.
Consumer Law Center advocates for low-income consumer issues including personal
Council on Problem Gambling - Provides information on problem and compulsive
Flood Insurance - This web site explains how flood insurance works.
Money 2000 Website
American Securities Administrators Association, Inc. - Organized in 1919, the North American Securities
Administrators Association (NASAA) is the oldest international organization devoted to investor
protection. Any individual that wishes to protect themselves from securities fraud will
find the information on this site useful.
U.S. Government Site For Medicare Information
Medicare pays few long-term-care costs. This searchable site has the latest
Medicare rule including Medicare basics, Medicare plan choices, and how to
choose a nursing home.
Personal Wealth Estimator will help you calculate your net worth.
Plan Well, Retire
Well is a web-based educational program for younger workers in their 20s and
30s. It will help you with investing, saving through tax-deferred retirement
plans, and show you how money grows over time. Interactive tools will help you
evaluate your current financial position and set goals for the future.
A Secure Retirement 10-Unit series on retirement readiness, retirement
expenses, collecting Social Security, estimating income needed in retirement,
eligibility for Medicare and other health benefits, employer funded retirement
plans, self-employment retirement plans, Individual Retirement Accounts, lump
sum retirement distributions, and other concerns such as long-term care, estate
planning, Federal employees retirement calculator, and retirement housing.
Cooperative Extension (New Jersey)
- Explains 529 Plans, state-sponsored education savings plans.
- Home page for information on I (Inflation-Adjusted), EE/E, and HH/H savings
Small Business Owners and Retirement Plans discusses retirement planning by
small business owners for themselves and their employees.
Social Security Administration's Web Site
includes many programs -- Retirement, Survivors and Disability Benefits,
Medicare, and Supplemental Security Income. At the Social Security web site, you
can also estimate your retirement benefits.
Breaks for Higher Education
- This web site is intended
to give you the information you need to obtain the greatest tax benefits from
expenses for higher education. Nine different tax breaks are currently
available. Learn the benefits, requirements and limitations, and tips on ways to
make the most of each, and how to combine tax breaks.
Ten Ways to Beat the Clock Before Retirement is a good checklist to help you
stay on target for retirement planning.
Services - The Arkansas Department
of Workforce Services contains information about unemployment benefits, including disaster
unemployment benefits, filing an unemployment claim, and how to appeal a claim.
Administration on Aging - An extensive resource on all aging topics, including elder abuse. The website
is aimed at older persons and their families, practitioners and other
professionals, the aging network, and researchers and students. Includes funding
alerts, fact sheets, statistics, advice on website development, extensive
weblinks, and much, much more.
Department of Labor Health Benefits Education - Information about health insurance benefits and divorce, go to a different Department of Labor web
Department of Labor Retirement Plans, Benefits and Savings - provides
retirement plan participants and their beneficiaries with information on their
rights under the federal pension law with respect to their plans. The
information ranges from general information on the law to numerous specific
Compensation -The Arkansas Worker's Compensation Commission explains how
worker's compensation works. There are links to rules, advisories, forms, and
how to contact persons in the agency.
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Office of Investor
Education - The SEC's Office of Investor Education and Assistance provides a
variety of services to address the problems and questions you may face as an
investor. They cannot tell you what investments to make, but they can tell you
how to invest wisely and avoid fraud.
See our links about Health and Nutrition