Northeast Community Credit Union is helping to support students as they prepare for a new school year by sponsoring both of Carter County’s backpack programs.

NCCU donated $1,000 to both of Carter County’s Back to School Bashes. The Back to School Bashes gives away thousands of backpacks filled with school supplies to students in the Carter County and Elizabethton City school systems each year.

Back to School Bash Ministries will host an event this Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hampton High School. The Bash will have free school supplies, food, activities, characters and more. Items will be given away on a first-come, first-serve basis and children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Elizabethton City Schools will be hosting their Back to School Bash on August 6 from 10 a.m. to noon at Elizabethton High School. This bash will have free backpacks, school supplies, snacks, and games and activities on the field for children.

Northeast Community Credit Union will be at each Back to School Bash with special giveaways for students.

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.

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Area financial institutions are reporting a widespread scam involving attempts to steal information.

WARNING!!! If you receive a text message similar IN ANY WAY to this:


DO NOT call the phone number shown – it is FRAUD & an attempt to get

your debit card number and personal info.  You are NOT locked!

REPEAT, do NOT respond to that alert!

Scammers are using the names of well-known employers to post job openings that don’t exist. The purpose is to trick consumers into sending them personal information or money upfront to get the job.

The phony postings are hard to pass up. They offer great pay, telework options, and money to set up a home office. Here’s an example of how the scam works:

First, they will get a person’s information and send them a check for, say, $4,000. Once the check “clears”, they tell the person to keep $1,000 as a salary advance and send back $3,000 — supposedly to get a computer and office equipment. But the job and the equipment never appear. And sadly, when the person realizes the check is fake, they are out of the job and now $3,000 in debt.

Report job scams to the FTC at

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Dreaming big doesn’t mean you need to start with big actions. The first small step is usually the hardest, but once it’s taken, you can use momentum to propel you forward. This year’s theme for National Credit Union Youth Month is “Save Small. Dream Big. at your credit union.” We want to tell young members that their dreams are attainable, no matter how big they are.

Northeast Community Credit Union has tools to help fulfill these dreams. With a youth saving account that earns compound interest, young members can deposit small amounts on a regular basis and watch their savings grow “like magic.” The earlier they start a savings account, the more it will grow, and the easier it will be to achieve their dreams. Learning this good financial habit at a young age will set them up on the path of successful financial well-being.

If you have been wondering how to empower your kids to save for their future, National Credit Union Youth Month is a great opportunity to start! Join us this April as credit unions across the country encourage youth to start saving regularly. This celebration is a great time to engage kids at Northeast Community Credit Union and within your community to help them learn that saving, no matter how small the amount, can help them achieve their dreams.

Get involved by using the hashtag #CUYouthMonth to let everyone know how your credit union is making a difference in young members’ lives.

Matt Wilson, English and speech teacher at Happy Valley High School, is the latest Northeast Community Credit Union Helping Teacher’s Teach grant winner.

Wilson is using the grant to help pay the entry fees for the HVHS Warrior Troupe Speech & Debate team to the district speech/debate tournament in April.

“This club prepares students to be confident communicators at the college level and in future business careers,” Wilson said.

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 who are members of Northeast Community Credit Union. Area teachers may become members online or at any NCCU location and can download the grant application on the credit union’s website: