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NCCU Celebrates 66th Anniversary
Northeast Community Credit Union is celebrating its 66th anniversary this month, marking more than six decades of serving the area through financial services and community outreach. Coinciding with the anniversary, NCCU has also once again received a 5-star Superior rating from Bauer Financial, Inc.
Northeast Community Credit Union was chartered in October 1952 as the Elizabethton Teachers Credit Union. Former Elizabethton City School Superintendent Mack Pierce and eight of the city’s school teachers – including current Northeast Community Credit Union Board of Directors Chairman Bill Armstrong – set out to create the foundations of the new credit union.
“At the time, teachers were paid very small amounts, usually averaging $40 a month, and were not paid in the summer as they are now,” Armstrong says. “When it came time to finance their dreams, the educators of Carter County did not have many options available to help them reach their own personal finance goals.”
This is where the vision to start the Elizabethton Teachers Credit Union came to life. The credit union had humble beginnings, operating out of the secretary’s office in the Elizabethton City School administration building. The superintendent’s secretary would take deposits from the teachers a few days a week, write them in a ledger, and keep records of transactions.
“The teachers would make deposits as they could, sometimes just a few dollars, but they were working to reach their own financial goals and to help give the credit union a solid start,” said Kathy Campbell, who was the first full-time manager of the credit union.
These savings transactions provided enough of a balance for the credit union to issue its first loan to one of the original members. John Large, one of the eight teachers there in the very beginning, was issued a loan for $200 to buy a new washer and dryer for his home.
The Elizabethton Teachers Credit Union stayed in its first home for many years and continued using ledger books and calculators for record keeping until 1983 when it became the smallest credit union in business at the time to take its operations online to a computer system. The credit union continued to grow and eventually found a new home in downtown Elizabethton, and the charter was gradually updated to allow membership to employees of over 70 local businesses.
In 1996 the name was changed to Northeast Community Credit Union to better reflect the composition of its membership. Membership was opened to anyone who lives, works or worships in Carter County. One year later, the main office at 980 Jason Witten Way was completed, and in one more year the staff at the credit union had doubled. Soon, three new branch offices would be opened from which it now does business as well – a second Elizabethton office, one in Johnson City, and one in Roan Mountain.
Northeast Community Credit Union has repeatedly been recognized for its social responsiveness in the community and for its excellence as a financial institution. In 2012, NCCU was one of only six credit unions nationwide to be awarded the Excellence in Lending Award. In 2015, NCCU was named the Community Credit Union of the Year, a national award by the Credit Union National Association.
NCCU has also once again received a 5-star Superior rating from Bauer Financial, Inc., the nation’s leading independent credit union and bank rating and research firm since 1983. The 5-Star rating is the highest ranking the banking industry research firm can assign a financial institution and denotes the highest level of financial performance.
“The 5-Star Rating by BauerFinancial indicates that Northeast Community Credit Union excels in many different areas,” said NCCU President and CEO Teresa Arnold. “The rating places us in the top tier of financial institutions in the United States. We are honored by the ranking and are committed to providing the highest level of service to our members every day.”
According to BauerFinancial, criteria in the financial ratings include such things as profitability, capital, asset value, delinquent loan levels, investment quality, regulatory supervisory agreements, historical data and liquidity. “What this means for the community is that the institution is safe, financially sound, and operating well above its regulatory requirements.”
Northeast Community Credit Union maintains a visible, active presence in its service area by working every day to live out its motto, “Always Here When You Need Us.” Each year, Northeast Community Credit Union donates thousands of dollars back into the community, along with hundreds of volunteer man hours from credit union employees and board members, and with other contributions of assistance or supplies to organizations and individuals in need. NCCU has received designation by the US Treasury Department as a Certified Development Financial Institution (CDFI) due to its work with low income individuals and financial assistance programs in the community.
NCCU is a primary provider for financial literacy and education through its work in local schools, colleges, non-profit organizations, associations, ministries and workplaces. Anyone interested in a free class or presentation can call 423-547-1200.
Another way Northeast Community Credit Union reaches out into the community is through the monthly “Helping Teachers Teach” grant. NCCU started out as a credit union for teachers and remains true to its roots by making sure to provide needed assistance to educators, however possible. Northeast Community Credit Union also supports local high school seniors with the William Armstrong Scholarship, a $500 scholarship to help pay the costs of post-secondary school.
NCCU works with several community organizations including the Carter County Imagination Library, the TLC Community Center, the Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter, Red Legacy, Second Harvest Food Bank, Assistance Resource Ministries, United Way of Elizabethton/Carter County, Shepherd’s Inn, Elizabethton Senior Citizens Center, Relay for Life, Race for Wandell, Carter County Cattleman’s Association, Elizabethton Twins, Elizabethton Kiwanis Club, Recovery Soldiers Ministries, East Tennessee Christian Children’s Home and Academy, and many others to provide sponsorships, volunteers, donations and supplies as needed.
“We have a rich history of service and look forward to a bright future as we continue that tradition. We will always try to find a way to help, and we will always consider YOUR best interests in doing so,” Arnold said.
NCCU Sponsors inaugural Children's Business Fair
Northeast Community Credit Union was the sole sponsor for the inaugural Children’s Business Fair hosted by the City of Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department.
On Saturday, October 6, dozens of young entrepreneurs gathered in Cat Island Park in Elizabethton to sell their products to the public. For many of the participants it was the first time they had made an effort to share their businesses with the public.
“It is important to us to support the youth in the community,” said NCCU Community Development Director Kathy Campbell. “They all have such great ideas, and they have worked so hard. It is really impressive what they have done.”
Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department developed the idea for the Fair and sought sponsors. NCCU sponsored the Children’s Business Fair, and Campbell met with the participants before the event to discuss the financial aspects of running a business. The children learned about saving, how to price their items, budgeting and other age-appropriate skills necessary to keep their businesses going.
Over 20 children manned the 17 booths that made up the business fair. The booths featured a wide range of goods, including vinyl prints on windows, cardboard deer mounts, beeswax candles, watercolor mobiles, crayon drawings, paintings, wood items, baked goods and more.
Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Program Coordinator Kelly Kitchens said the event exceeded her expectations.
“The fair went much better than expected,” Kitchens said. “When we started planning, we didn’t know how many would be interested, or how it would go. I’m really impressed with what the kids were able to create.”
With the first year a success, the Parks and Recreation Department is already planning for next year’s Children’s Business Fair.
NCCU Sponsors Voter Education Event
Northeast Community Credit Union co-sponsored a voter education event to help inform and prepare the community before the upcoming November elections.
NCCU, along with the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library and the United Way of Elizabethton/Carter County, hosted the event at the ECCPL.
At the event, East Tennessee State University Professor and political analyst Dr. Daryl A. Carter spoke about the importance of voting and possible reasons about why more eligible voters do not participate. Employees from the Carter County Election Commission were available to register any unregistered voters.
“Voting in an important right and one we are thankful for,” said a credit union representative. “We were pleased to help support the community and work together to help potential voters be informed.”
October Helping Teachers Teach
Teresa Arnold, President/CEO of Northeast Community Credit Union, presents the Helping Teachers Teach grant check to Regina Buck, teacher at Cloudland Elementary School.
Buck applied for the Helping Teachers Teach grant to purchase classroom activity packs with various equipment for students to use for free play activities.
“Our students love activity,” Buck said. “It is vital that students are active and can take a break for a while during the school day. Children can then concentrate better and have increased problem solving skills. Research continues to confirm the benefits of free active play to physical and mental health as well as to academic success.”
The new activity sets will help students take ownership of the items by taking care of the equipment; will help with sharing experiences; enhance recess experience; increase activity, and will reduce conflict by promoting cooperation.
Northeast Community Credit Union awards $300 every month to a classroom to be utilized for classroom needs, classroom activities, and academic enrichment. Helping Teachers Teach is open to teachers within Carter, Johnson, Unicoi, Sullivan and Washington counties that are members of Northeast Community Credit Union. Teachers may download the application at the credit union’s website: www.BeMyCU.org.
Northeast Community Credit Union is partnering with the Roan Mountain Recreation Foundation to help sponsor the “Happy Trails Park” expansion of the Roan Mountain Community Park.
NCCU Roan Mountain Branch Manager Amanda Blair presented a $1,000 sponsorship donation to the RMRF to help with the development of the park.
“It is always an honor to help improve my hometown,” Blair said “This community is a wonderful place to live. We are pleased to help others see the value of being a part of Roan Mountain.”
Happy Trails Park will be the fourth component of the Roan Mountain Community Park. The multi-purpose park will be located near the corner of Old Railroad Grade and Highway 19E in Roan Mountain.
The park will provide parking for horse trailers and access to over 40 miles of horse trails in Carter County. It will also provide an access point to the Carter County Tweetsie Trail extension and an upstream access for river paddling enthusiasts and for fishing. Future plans include a birding habitat and an historical information kiosk on the Overmountain Men who passed through in 1780.
“The park will make the wonderful place we live even better,” RMRF President Erik Anderson said. “We now need to bring this possibility to fruition.”
Work on the park began last fall. The land has been cleared and the parking lot has been laid out. Andersen estimates $10,000 will been needed to complete the park.
NCCU sponsors Roan Mountain "Happy Trails Park"
NCCU donates to Recovery Soldiers Ministries
Northeast Community Credit Union’s Board of Directors recently included Recovery Soldiers Ministries in their community sponsorship efforts.
NCCU President/CEO Teresa Arnold recently presented a $500 donation as part of the annual partnership to Recovery Soldiers Ministries Program Director Ben Cole.
“Recovery Soldiers Ministries provides a tremendous service to our community,” Arnold said. “We want to support them as they continue to help those in need. We are all about sharing, caring, and giving back in our communities. That’s the real credit union difference.”
Recovery Soldiers Ministries is a faith-based recovery program to help individuals overcome addiction. Students in the program live on campus for a structured year-long inpatient program. Currently, Cole said 30 people are registered in the program. NCCU’s sponsorship will help to defray the cost of operating the recovery program.
“This is going to change lives,” Cole said. “It is a God-send, a real blessing. There are tremendous expenses that go into running a recovery program. Northeast Community Credit Union’s donation will help us continue to meet day-to-day needs.”
Along with the inpatient program, Recovery Soldiers Ministries has outpatient sessions to deal with struggles in all areas of life and conducts weekly worship services led by Cole and RSM President Josh Scalf. The ministry also recently opened a thrift store to help support their programs and is in need of household items and appliance donations.
In addition to the donation, NCCU offers free financial literacy counseling and credit score improvement classes for Recovery Soldiers Ministries’ clients.
“This is truly a blessing,” Cole said of the NCCU partnership. “It is a tremendous help and it is evidence that God continuously provides when we need it. Seeing the community come together like this and wanting to help each other is proof of the pure love of Jesus Christ.”
Northeast Community Credit Union has been serving the community since October 1952 when it was chartered as a credit union by the State of Tennessee. Northeast Community Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative. It is open to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Carter, Johnson, Washington, Unicoi and Sullivan counties along with their immediate family members.
For more information on Recovery Soldiers Ministries call 423-525-1616, 423-518-1450 or visit https://recoverysoldiersministries.org.
NCCU donates $1,000 to Carter County Imagination Library
Northeast Community Credit Union is investing in the lives of the children of Carter County with a donation of $1,000 to the Carter County Imagination Library.
Northeast Community Credit Union is one of the Foundation Members of the CCIL and has contributed $1,000 every year since the start of the Carter County Imagination Library. The Carter County Imagination Library provides a free book to children in Carter County every month from birth until they turn five-years-old.
“Our credit union has made a commitment to our community to annually donate a large percentage of proceeds to organizations and worthwhile causes,” NCCU President/CEO Teresa Arnold said. “We are so thankful that we can help provide books to the children in our county.”
The CCIL provides books to 66 percent of the eligible children in Carter County, meaning over 2,000 books are sent out to families each month.
CCIL Chairman Tyler Fleming said the cost to provide children with books from birth until age 5 is $150 per child.
NCCU hosts Tennessee State Representative Timothy Hill
Northeast Community Credit Union recently hosted a special meet and greet with State Representative Timothy Hill.
Hill represents the 3rd House District in the Tennessee General Assembly, which includes Johnson County, portions of Carter County, and some areas of Sullivan County - all of which fall in the NCCU service area.
While speaking with those at the meet and greet, Hill shared stories from his youth, including memorable trips with his grandfather to a credit union, where he opened his first account.
"When you bank with a credit union, you are investing back into your community," Hill said.
Hill said he appreciates the work credit unions do in their local communities and hopes to be able to help them with those efforts in Nashville.
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NCCU wins $5,000 by Sharing the Love
Northeast Community Credit Union was the October grand prize winner in Share the Love Campaign and won $5,000 to be donated to Assistance Resource Ministries in Elizabethton.
NCCU tallied more than 15,000 votes for the month in the contest. The prize will be donated to ARM which provides monthly food boxes to families, utility and rent assistance, clothing and other personal necessities as well as other needs families have as they arise.
“Assistance Resource Ministry does so much for people,” NCCU CEO and President Kathy Campbell said. “They provide monthly food boxes, and emergency food supplies, clothing and many other forms of assistance to those in need. Think of how much $5,000 will do in the community. It is so great that we were able to work together to make a difference.”
The Share the Love campaign was hosted by Love My Credit Union and allowed credit unions from around the nation to compete to see who could gather the most online votes to aid the charity of their choice.
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