Area credit union awards money to Special Spaces
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VOLUNTEERS from Special Spaces accept a $1,000 check from the Bowater Employees Credit Union.From left are Jackson Creekmore; Tiffany Creekmore, Special Spaces volunteer; Reed O’Daniel, Special Spaces volunteer; Phyllis O’Daniel, Special Spaces volunteer; Anne Strunk, Special Spaces Chattanooga director; Angie Roark, Special Spaces volunteer and BECU member; and Tracy Plank, BECU Cleveland branch manager. Contributed photo
VOLUNTEERS from Special Spaces accept a $1,000 check from the Bowater Employees Credit Union.From left are Jackson Creekmore; Tiffany Creekmore, Special Spaces volunteer; Reed O’Daniel, Special Spaces volunteer; Phyllis O’Daniel, Special Spaces volunteer; Anne Strunk, Special Spaces Chattanooga director; Angie Roark, Special Spaces volunteer and BECU member; and Tracy Plank, BECU Cleveland branch manager. Contributed photo
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CALHOUN — Bowater Employees Credit Union member Angie Roark has won $1,000 for her favorite nonprofit organization, Special Spaces of Chattanooga, through the Pay It Forward program.

The credit union asked its members to nominate their favorite nonprofits that help people in the counties that are eligible for BECU membership — Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe and Polk.

Special Spaces was the third of five winners that were set to be selected throughout 2013.

The organization designs and builds bedrooms for children with life-threatening illnesses.

“These children spend most of their day in their bedrooms,” Roark said, adding that they can always use “a place of comfort and hope” as they address their medical needs.

The organization is entirely volunteer-driven and is led by volunteer Anne Strunk.

Its volunteers have created 13 rooms in the Chattanooga area, including three in Bradley County and one in Polk County. The next room is planned for a young Bradley County resident in fall of this year.

“These children are amazing and thoughtful,” Roark said. “Many of them make special requests for their siblings as well.”

Children are selected with help from a liaison at Erlanger Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga, and priorities are based on need.

To learn more about the work of Special Spaces of Chattanooga, visit www.specialspaceschattanooga.org.

Any member of BECU can nominate their favorite nonprofit for a $1,000 Pay It Forward prize. Two more prizes will be given out in 2013, and the deadline to be considered for the last prizes is Nov. 30.

BECU began the Pay It Forward program in 2010 as a way to give back to the community it serves.

Since the program’s inception, BECU has given $16,000 to various charities making a difference in their community.

For more information, visit www.bowaterecu.org and look under the “News & Info” tab.