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Commitment to Community

From our first branch in a small town once known as Site X to having the privilege of serving our growing communities and members as the oldest credit union in Oak Ridge, thank you for helping us celebrate our 75th anniversary in 2021! As we reflect on our history and celebrate our journey, we look forward to building for the next 75 years and serving you through new financial tools, opportunities, and initiatives.

As a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), we work to invest in our local communities and the residents who live there by providing critically needed financing often unavailable from mainstream financial institutions. But we know that commitment to our community goes beyond the products and services we offer as your local credit union.

Our Commitment to Community Initiative focuses on partnering with local organizations to make a difference through charitable giving and support. ‘People Helping People’ is the greater mission of credit unions across the world. At Tennessee Members 1st, we’re thankful for the opportunity to partner with the community organizations listed below to spread that mission outside of our branch walls and throughout the communities we serve.

During our 75th Anniversary Celebration in October of 2021, we were honored to present our first Commitment to Community donation of $750 and announced additional donations will be made to community partners leading up to our 75th Annual Meeting in March 2022.


CASA of East Tennessee

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, who are trained to represent the best interests of children in juvenile abuse and neglect court cases. CASA is a local, nonprofit organization in communities all across the nation. CASA of East Tennessee’s mission is to improve the lives of abused and neglected children through trained volunteers who advocate for safe, permanent, loving homes.

East Tennessee Foundation

East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) is a public charity and community foundation created by and for the people of East Tennessee, where many donors join together to make the region they love a better place, today and for future generations. ETF, like other community foundations, operates as a collection of hundreds of distinct charitable funds and supporting foundations established by individuals, families, businesses, and other nonprofits.

Free Medical Clinic

The Free Medical Clinic provides no-charge primary and medical care for low-income and uninsured residents of Anderson, Morgan, and Roane Counties of Tennessee and for partners enrolled in our medical service program.

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Knox Area Rescue Ministries

Knox Area Rescue Ministries’ mission is to rescue and restore the poor and needy of the Knoxville area by providing recovery services in Jesus’ name. KARM provides daily for those most vulnerable and desperate among us, first supplying rescue services of food and shelter, then healthy, supportive relationships, and ultimately restoration, including job-training opportunities.

Norris Area Community Foundation

Norris Area Community Foundation believes in the importance of supporting one’s own community and East Tennessee Foundation stands ready to facilitate this by the launch of “Give Where You Live Norris Area” which serves the larger Norris area, including the unincorporated areas of Andersonville, Bethel, and Fairview in Anderson County, Tennessee.  The “Give Where You Live” platform for giving provides multiple options for supporting current and future Norris Area needs.

Roane State Foundation

Since 1979, Roane State Foundation has been on a mission to strengthen communities and eliminate barriers to student success. With help from donors and other community partners, the Foundation provides financial support to students and programs on nine Roane State campuses across ten counties of East Tennessee. Foundation initiatives to support Roane State students and communities include annual student scholarships; professional development opportunities for RSCC faculty and staff; institutional facilities and equipment for Roane State Community College; funding for RSCC academic programs, athletics, and more; and community programs that fuel student growth.

Remote Area Medical

Remote Area Medical® – RAM is a major nonprofit provider of pop-up clinics with a mission to prevent pain and alleviate suffering by providing free, quality healthcare to those in need. RAM’s clinics provide free dental, vision, medical, and veterinary services to everyone, regardless of background, in an ongoing effort to fill healthcare gaps. Since its founding in 1985, RAM’s Corps of more than 172,900 volunteers – comprised of licensed dental, vision, medical, and veterinary professionals, as well as general support staff – have treated more than 863,700 individuals delivering more than $174 million worth of free healthcare services.

Tennessee Out-Reach Center for Homeless (TORCH)

TORCH opened its doors in January 2013 as the only comprehensive homeless service in Anderson County, TN.

Because there is no shelter in the county, TORCH operates the Housing First model. Efforts are made to find affordable, sustainable housing as quickly as possible. If extra financial assistance is needed after an address is established and a client qualifies an agreement may be made to assist for a predesigned amount and/or time. We call that plan “Shelter in the Future Home” and find it a much more cost-effective way to assist those we house in reaching self-sufficiency. The first step in future success is establishing a permanent address.


Are you interested in becoming a community partner with Tennessee Members 1st? Contact our marketing department for more information.


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