Fifth Third eBus Offers Consumers Financial Empowerment Bank's Popular eBus Visiting Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana to Provide Access & Tools for Financial Success

CHICAGO, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Financial empowerment is one of the most valuable tools consumers can have at their disposal, yet there are many who do not have access to the information they need in order to understand and protect their financial well-being. 

To help combat lack of access, employees of Fifth Third Bank board its 40-foot long bus with computer workstations and Internet and satellite technology to travel across the country to offer free one-on-one personalized counseling including advice about savings and budgeting, home buying and borrowing, understanding your credit and protecting your identity.  Through its eBus initiative, the Bank has better equipped consumers with the skills and tools they need to make informed decisions that contribute to their financial well-being and fulfill their dreams. To date, the tour has served a diverse population of more than 3.5 million people.

Now through April 12, Fifth Third eBus will make numerous stops across Illinois, including Lake County, Kankakee and Rockford; in Indiana the bus will make appearances in South Bend, Elkhart, Gary and Michigan City. 

In the spirit of offering a holistic approach to providing access, Fifth Third has partnered with numerous local non-profit and government agencies who will join the bus at various stops  including New Beginnings Church, City Colleges of Chicago, La Casa, the Gary Housing Authority, City of Gary, Focal Points, Northwest Indiana Community Action Group, Veteran's Administration, Michigan City Housing Authority, Freeport Housing Authority, REAL Services, Mobile Dentists, Catholic Charities, Mano A Mano Family Resource Center, GreenPath, Family Credit Management, the Northern Illinois Food Bank South Bend Heritage Foundation, Robinson Community Learning Center, Habitat for Humanity, Bridges out of Poverty, Center for the Homeless, Hannah's House and Hope Ministries. 

"We are grateful for all the partners who will join our eBus over the coming month to help provide important services, counseling and resources," said Robert A. Sullivan, president & CEO, Fifth Third Bank (Chicago).  "We hope to meet as many people as possible in the coming weeks and empower them with information and insight."

About Fifth Third:
Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Company has $123 billion in assets and operates 18 affiliates with 1,326 full-service Banking Centers, including 104 Bank Mart® locations open seven days a week inside select grocery stores and 2,428 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third also has a 25% interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of June 30, 2013, had $313 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $27 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at www.53.com. Fifth Third's common stock is traded on the Nasdaq® National Global Select Market under the symbol "FITB." Fifth Third Bank was established in 1858. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

Media Contact: Andrew Hayes, 312-823-4333

SOURCE Fifth Third Bank (Chicago)



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