Christ’s Legacy Academy, The House That Mercy Built receive BECU donations
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For Christ’s Legacy Academy received the donation from Bowater Employees Credit Union. From left are Ginger Carter, BECU Athens branch manager; Maddie Shamblin, CLA student; Phillip Wilson, CLA student; Randy Brock, CLA head of school and BECU member.
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CALHOUN — Bowater Employees Credit Union member Randy Brock, and BECU member Jackie Wakefiled have each won $1,000 from BECU to their favorite charities: Christ’s Legacy Academy and The House That Mercy Built, respectively.

BECU has asked its members to nominate their favorite non-profit helping people in the counties eligible for BECU membership Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe and Polk counties. These are the fourth and fifth winners of 2013.

Christ’s Legacy Academy “utilizes the classical model of education,” writes Brock. “Though the school started in the depths of the ‘Great Recession’ . . . it has survived and grown.” He attributes the growth to discipline, high ACT scores, and teachers who consider their work a calling.

The Academy is working towards having a school library by putting a Kindle into the hand of every student. This $1,000 prize from Bowater Credit Union will be put toward that goal.

The House That Mercy Built is a ministry “that is committed to helping women recover from substance abuse,” writes Wakefiled. The women in residence “can study and earn their GED . . . They are given access to medical and dental treatment . . . The are involved in community service .” The women rebuild their lives and family relationships in the year-long program that is supported by volunteers from the River of Life Ministries and other area churches.

The Pay It Forward program will be renewed for 2014, and that means any member of BECU can nominate their favorite non-profit for a $1,000 Pay It Forward prize. Five prizes will be given out in 2014, and the deadline to be considered for the first prize is Feb. 28.

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 $18,000 to various charities making a difference in our community.

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