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.

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.”

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.

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.

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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.”