Bowater Credit Union Member Michell Goldston has won a $1,000 Pay It Forward prize for her favorite non-profit doing good in our area, City Fields located in Southeast Cleveland.

Bowater Credit Union asks its members to nominate their favorite non-profit helping people in the counties eligible for credit union membership: Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, and Polk.  Up to five $1,000 prizes are awarded each year and City Fields is the first winner of 2023.

“City Fields is a nonprofit organization located in Southeast Cleveland, Tennessee that has been cultivating change in the area for the past decade. Their focus is on two neighborhoods, Blythe Oldfield and College Hill- two neighborhoods that have been otherwise overlooked. City Fields is able to come alongside and partner with their neighbors and work to make these neighborhoods a place where they can flourish into thriving members of the community,” wrote Goldston. To bring change, City Fields has various focus areas of work; this includes workforce development, affordable housing for first-time homebuyers, community gardens, events, and financial literacy classes. City Fields will be using their $1000 towards their newest program ‘Money Milestones”, a free 18-month financial literacy course.  “I believe that by receiving this award, City Fields will be able to use the funding to create a long-lasting impact in the lives of their community. It will empower residents to use their money in ways that are beneficial to their own flourishing.”

To learn more about City Fields, to volunteer, or to make your own donation, visit their website https://www.cityfieldscdc.com/.

The Pay It Forward program will continue through 2023 and will award up to three more prizes.  Any member of Bowater Credit Union can nominate their favorite non-profit for a $1,000 Pay It Forward prize. The deadline to be considered for the next prize is August 31, 2023.

Bowater Credit Union began the Pay It Forward program in 2010 to give back to the community it serves.  Since the program’s inception, Bowater CU has given $53,000 to various charities making a difference in our community.  For more information, visit BowaterECU.org.

Bowater Employees Credit Union is a federally insured credit union offering savings, checking, loans, and financial education to those who live, work, or go to school in the counties of Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, and Polk.  They have four branches, over 19,000 members, and $250 million in assets.  To learn more about Bowater Employees Credit Union and its services, call 423-336-7268 or visit BowaterECU.org.

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If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview please call Kelsey O’Daniel at 423-303-5615 or email her at [email protected].