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Bowater Credit Union Donates $1,000 to Love Thy Neighbor Project

Bowater Credit Union Member Brittany Berry has won a $1,000 Pay It Forward prize for her favorite non-profit doing good in our area, the Love Thy Neighbor Project at Tennessee Wesleyan University.

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 Love Thy Neighbor Project is the first winner of 2022.

“Love Thy Neighbor Project (LTNP) is a non-profit food pantry helping to alleviate food insecurity on the Tennessee Wesleyan Campus and in all of McMinn County,” wrote Berry.

Their mission is to provide low-income individuals with nourishing foods on a regular basis to lessen the burden of food insecurity and to encourage a healthy diet. Their programs include mobile pantries, a Back Sack program that provides meals to local school students at several McMinn County Schools.

“As a full-time volunteer to LTNP, I can tell you they will make the $1,000 go as far as they can to help as many children as possible.”

To learn more about the Love They Neighbor Project, to volunteer, or to make your own donation, email them at

The Pay It Forward program will continue through 2022 and will award up to four 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 November 30, 2022.

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 CU has given $52,000 to various charities making a difference in our community. For more information, visit

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 five branches, over 18,000 members, and $250 million in assets. To learn more about Bowater Employees Credit Union and its services, call 423-336-7268 or visit

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview please call Kelsey Hall at 423-303-5615 or email her at

Pictured Left to right: Jordan Haugen, Bowater CU Athens Branch Manager; Blake McCaslin, TWU Vice President for Advancement; Tracey Hennessee, TWU Advancement Coordinator; Brittany Berry, Bowater CU Member and LTNP Community Relations and Fundraising Coordinator; Parker Avery, LTNP Community Health Development Coordinator; Asha Moore, TWU Americorp Vista Leader; Annalise Vigilante, LTNP Hunger Relief Coordinator; Mattie Wheeler, LTNP Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator; Taylor Williams, TWU Director of Student Involvement and Co-Coordinator of Love Thy Neighbor Project

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