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Region A.H.E.A.D. was originally formed in 2020 to be the region’s economic aid directory. A place to find out the best way to support local businesses. The intent of Region A.H.E.A.D. has evolved to continuously support our community through the pandemic and is now looking to give back to those who have spent countless hours taking care of the people of our community with a new initiative dubbed “Helping Heroes.”

“COVID infections have overwhelmed healthcare workers in our region again. Our Helping Heroes Campaign will demonstrate to them that we appreciate their tireless efforts to save lives. We are offering businesses and the public a way to donate to a fund that will purchase meals and gift cards from local businesses for these workers. Those donations will assist small businesses and restaurants around the region in their own recovery.”

– Andy Dietrich, Region AHEAD organizing member & Champion Chevrolet 

Region A.H.E.A.D. has begun their application to become a certified 501(c)3, but until that time, United Way of East TN Highlands will act as the fiscal agent of the group to provide additional support administratively, while also ensuring that charitable donations are now tax deductible.

how to support

For those interested in donating to support these efforts, please donate online through this online form.

Any checks must be made payable to United Way of East TN Highlands with “Region A.H.E.A.D.” written in the memo line.

*Checks should be mailed to PO Box 4309, Johnson City, TN 37602.

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Donation Total: $250.00

  Understanding Credit
Description: What factors effect your credit score, and strategies to improve scores, to an audience of primarily young adults.
Time: 1:30- 2:30
Location: Elizabethton Public library | 201 N Sycamore St, Elizabethton, TN 37643
Contact: Bank of TN | Detra Cleven | dcleven@bankoftennessee.com | 423-262-5486

Protecting Your Credit
Description: How to protect your credit from scammers. The importance of having a 700 credit score or higher in your senior years.
Time: 12:00- 2:00p
Location: Bristol Public Library | 800 State St. Bristol, TN
Contact: Operation HOPE Inc | Sarah Williams | 423-764-2226 | sarah.williams@operationhope.org | www.operationhope.org

Banking Credit Myths & Facts
Description: Qué requisitos necesitas para abrir una cuenta bancaria? Qué pasa en el caso de un inmigrante sin documentos? Cómo se obtiene un ITIN? Cómo te afecta el puntaje de crédito? No necesitas un numero de seguro social para planificar tu futuro Lo que debes de saber sobre tu puntaje de crédito 
Time: 12:50p
Location: https://www.facebook.com/HomeSourceTN|https://www.facebook.com/centrohispanotn
Contact: HomeSource East TN
Rene Yanes | ryanes@homesourcetn.org | Laura E. Contreras-Alanís | lcontreras@homesourcetn.org | 865.971.1679
Centro Hispano | Hilda Castillo | hilda@centrohispanotn.org | 865.522.0052

Predatory Lending
Description: Facts About: Payday loans. Cash advance lenders. The cost of having bad credit. Rent-to-own vs buying.
Time: 6:00p
Location: Facebook Live sessions: https://www.facebook.com/HomeSourceTN
Contact: HomeSource ETN, Pinnacle Bank
Keely Ritchie | keely.ritchie@pnfp.com
Rene Yanes | ryanes@homesourcetn.org
Laura E. Contreras-Alanís | lcontreras@homesourcetn.org
865.971.1679

Money Management Workshop  
Lunch and Learn | Refreshments Served
Description: Understanding credit, cash apps vs credit card vs savings account 
Time: 12:00 – 1:00p
Location: Kingsport Library | 400 Broad St, Kingsport TN
Contact: Operation Hope| Alan Pickle | apickle@operationhope.org | www.operatiohope.org

Reduce Financial Stress by Reaching Your Financial Goals
Contact AOF to set up your FREE one-on-one financial coaching session tailored to your needs.
Time: 9:00a - 12:00p
Location: TBD Based on Client Need
Contact: Appalachian Opportunity Fund | Oren Peterson | Opeterson@aofcoaching.net | 865-456-4224 (call or text)

Financial Literacy After Hours Networking Event
Presented by: PEAK Young Professionals and First Horizon  
Time: 5:00-7:00p
Location: Sports Mill | 600 E. Market, Kingsport TN
Contact:
United Way Kingsport | Becca Sutpen | bsutpen@uwaykpt.org
Kingsport Chamber | Vanessa Bennett | vbennett@kingsportchamber.org
Operation Hope | Alan Pickle | Alan.pickle@operationhope.org
First Horizon Bank | Tiffany Greer  | tiffany.greer@firsthorizon.com

First Stop to Building Credit                                             
Description: Johnson City drop in event.
Time: 9:00-11:00a
Location: First Horizon | 2112  N. Roan St., Johnson City TN
Contact: First Horizon | Robbie Davis | rjdavis@firsthorizon.com | 423.461.1719

First Stop to Building Credit                                                     
Description: Bristol drop in event.
Time: 9:00-11:00a
Location: First Horizon | 800 State St., Bristol TN
Contact: First Horizon |Kevin Wysor | kmwysor@firsthorizon.com | 423.764.2265

First Stop to Building Credit                                                     
Description: Kingsport drop in event.
Time: 9:00-11:00a
Location: First Horizon | 235 E. Center St., Kingsport TN 
Contact: First Horizon | Amy Marshall | amarshall@firsthorizon.com | 423.378.7005

A Movement Toward Home Ownership
Lunch & Learn
Description: Kip Parks from Eastern Eight Community Development Corporation will be introducing the programs they offer. Eastern Eight CDC's mission is to fulfill housing needs for low to moderate income families, making home ownership a reality for more. They offer multiple services including but not limited to housing coaching, mortgage lending, and new construction.
Time: 12:00-1:00p
Location: The Depot at Food City | 920 N. State of Franklin Rd., Johnson City, TN 37604
Contact:
UETHDA | Hannah Marshall | hmarshall@uethda.org | (423) 480-8037
Eastern 8 | Kip Parks | kparks@e8cdc.org

Homebuying 101
Description: Discussing credit and what makes a credit score. What you need to do to prepare to buy a home.
Time: TBD
Location: United Way of East TN Highlands| 1907 N. Roane St., Johnson City, TN
Contact: Eastman Credit Union | Sabra P. Hayden | shayden@ecu.org | 423-722-1201

Understanding and Boosting Credit 
Description:
Time: 11:00a
Location: Webinar ... Register Here
Contact: First Horizon                                                                                           
Military Community ARG | Paul Ollis | paul.ollis@firsthorizon.com   
Heather Hoag | hhoag@firsthorizon.com | 865-824-4044
Cathy Guarnacci| cguarnacci@firsthorizon.com

 

TRUIST
Description: Contact Angela Conner, SVP of Community Development, for specific event and location details.
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Contact: TRUIST
Angela Conner | angela.conner@truist.com
James Brown | james.brown@truist.com
Larry Jones | larry.jones@truist.com

 

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Contact: Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union | Miranda Cooper

 

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