Bowater Credit Union member Melba Baumuller, and Bowater CU account owner Cheryl Bressler have each won $1000 from Bowater Credit Union to their favorite non-profit: American Auxiliary Unit 81 and Kairos Prison Ministry, respectively.

Bowater CU has asked its members to nominate their favorite non-profit helping people in the counties eligible for credit union membership: Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, and Polk. These are the fourth and fifth winners of 2017

The A.L.A. Unit 81 serves our veterans and our community with a multitude of projects throughout the year. These projects include sending six high school junior girls to Girl State, visiting four nursing homes twice a year and bringing gifts to approximately 60 veterans, hosting a Veterans Day Luncheon, providing supplies to the Chattanooga VA Clinic, and much more. To make your own donation to the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 81, call Janet Allen at 423-650-0395

The donation to Kairos Prison Ministry will be used for the upcoming Kairos Outside weekend. These weekends are attended foe women whose family has been impacted by incarceration. “Spouses, parents and relatives of the incarcerated often ‘do time’ right along with their loved ones, feeling alone and guilty,” writes Bressler. “Through the work of over 30,000 volunteers Kairos Prison Ministry brings the light, love and friendship of Jesus Christ into their lives.” To make your own donation to Kairos, or to find out how you can volunteer, visit http://www.mykairos.org/ .

The Pay It Forward program has been renewed for 2018, and that means any member of Bowater Credit Union can nominate their favorite non-profit for a $1000 Pay It Forward prize. Five prizes will given out in 2018, and the deadline to be considered for the first prize is February 28th.

Bowater Credit Union began the Pay it Forward program in 2010 as a way to give back to the community it serves. Since the program’s inception, Bowater Credit Union has given $38,000 to various charities making a difference in our community.

Pictured from left to right: Kairos – Amy Wilkins, Bowater Credit Union; Cheryl Bressler, Kairos Outside Chairwoman; Gloria Murphey, Kairos; Lori Freeman, Kairos A.L.A. Unit 81 – Melba Baumuller, ALA Unit 81 Executive Board; Juanita Cooper, ALA Unit 81 Treasurer; Sharon Mashburn, ALA Unit 81 Executive Board; Janet Allen, ALA Unit 81 President; Josie Rivers, ALA Unit 81; Carol Smith, ALA Unit 81 Secretary; Tracy Plank, Bowater Credit Union.

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