eCO Savings Race Winner
eCO CEO, Joey Hand, and eCO Savings Race Coaches, Nathan Aldridge and Emmett Colston, present Kristy Roy with $10,000 for winning the eCO Savings Race!
Since September, eCO has worked with four individuals—Brenda Rogers, Cassandra James, Kristy Roy, and Mike Stonewall—to improve their financial pictures through the eCO Savings Race. During the eCO Savings Race, participants met with eCO Coaches, completed Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, attended eCO Savings Race University courses, and documented their progress with blog posts. CBS 42 also followed the progress of the teams, allowing the community to participate and learn practical ways to improve their finances too.
The participants worked very hard to set and meet goals throughout the Race. From packing lunches to working side jobs, participants learned small changes can lead to big gains. On May 1st, the First Edition of the eCO Savings Race came to a close when the winner was announced live on CBS 42. After a close race, Kristy Roy was selected as the winner of the eCO Savings Race and recipient of $10,000! The other participants didn’t walk away empty handed. Along with an improved financial picture, each participant also received $2,000 to honor their efforts throughout the eCO Savings Race. In total, Savings Race participants improved their financial pictures by more than $44,000!
“The Savings Race has been my saving grace. I went from a desperate situation to a place I never thought I would be,” say Kristy Roy. “I never thought I could do the things I have accomplished in these nine months. I have completely changed my financial status and my stress level.”
eCO Members and the community were also invited to participate in eCO Savings Race Mini-Races. The Mini-Races were practical ways for the public to follow the eCO Savings Race and work towards improving their financial pictures. Lynette Cotton was the winner of the eCO Mini-Race drawing. She received $1,000!
eCO Credit Union is now accepting applications for families or individuals interested in participating in the Second Edition of the eCO Savings Race. Applications for the Second Edition of the eCO Savings Race are available in all eCO branches and at www.ecosavingsrace.org.
2013 A.L. Bratcher Scholarship
Pastor Caddell of Canaan Baptist Church and Joey Hand, eCO CEO, present Kristen Ashley and Patrick Snell with the 2013 A.L. Bratcher Scholarship.
Each year, eCO Credit Union offers the A.L. Bratcher Scholarship in honor of the late Reverend A.L. Bratcher. Reverend A.L. Bratcher played an instrumental role in the credit union movement, founding Canaan Baptist Church Federal Credit Union. To continue recognizing the work and dedication of safe, sound, member-first financial institutions by Reverend Bratcher, eCO awards two $1,000 scholarships.
The scholarship is open to local seniors who plan on enrolling in 2 or 4-year schools for the upcoming academic school year. After receiving a record number of scholarship applications during the 2013 application period, eCO Credit Union’s A.L. Bratcher Scholarship Committee selected Kristen Ashley and Patrick Snell as the 2013 A.L. Bratcher Scholarship recipients.
2013 Shamrocks Against Dystrophy
With your help, eCO raised $7,771.55 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through our annual Shamrocks against Dystrophy Campaign!