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Our team volunteered at Ladies of Charity last week. We helped prepare Thanksgiving food bags and boxes to be distributed, sorted items for their Christmas thrift shop, sorted and packed clothing for next summer, and helped clean up their pantry.

Ladies of Charity provides services to over 27,000 individuals annually. These services include distributing food, clothing, and personal care items, in addition to operating a large thrift store. They rely heavily on volunteers and are almost always in need of help.
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On Sunday, November 12th, 2017, 21st Mortgage was part of the Subway Race Against Cancer.
The Race Against Cancer is a 5k race that raises funds for Thompson Cancer Survival Centers Cancer Outreach Services program. 21st  Mortgage came in first place!
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We have won the last 5 years in a row. Rob Clark has been the team captain for the last 12 years.
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Back Row: Thomas Hendrix,Haley Womack,Caleb King,Kellie Carter,Wes Carter,Matt Fabian,Courtney Ward,Lindsay Stegall,and Lyndon Stegall.
Front Row: Elizabeth Hagler,Victoria Collins,Adam Emig,Jeremy Shaffer,Casey Colson


















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Image:21st Gives Back : United Way

21st Mortgage celebrated another successful year at its annual company-wide meeting and kicked off the 2018 United Way fundraising campaign.

Team Members and management recognize that with success comes additional responsibility to care for the needy in the community. To that point, 21st Mortgage encourages all its Team Members to give a portion of their pay to support the United Way. Reinforcing that responsibility, all contributions made by 21st Mortgage Team Members are matched by the company.

During 2016, approximately $120,000 was raised for the United Way bringing the total company giving to date up to $1.2M.  

Please join 21st Mortgage in support of the United Way.

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This fall, 21st Mortgage will partner with the Red Cross to install 100,000 free smoke alarms in high risk neighborhoods nationwide


Sound the Alarm installation and fire safety events will take place in more than 100 communities across the country, providing a lifesaving service in our quest to reduce death and injury from home fires.
Every day, seven people die in home fires, most in homes that lack working smoke alarms. Sadly, children and the elderly disproportionately lose their lives.
That’s why the Red Cross rallied an army of volunteers and launched our Home Fire Campaign in 2014.

Since then:
  • 268 lives saved
  • 964,320 smoke alarms installed
  • 400,143 households made safer
  • 894,958 youth reached through campaign

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Thank you so much for giving my team the opportunity to volunteer at the Knoxville Zoo. We were able to assist the ground crew in the upkeep of the new tiger exhibit. The Knoxville Zoo is working hard to conserve the population of many endangered animals and hopefully the work we did will give the zoo staff the opportunity to focus more of their efforts on helping the animals. We even made friends with the female tiger named Arya.  

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Thank you for allowing us to take the opportunity to volunteer with the YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association).  The YWCA offers a variety of services in our community.  Some of their programs include the Keys of Hope Women's Housing Program, which houses women for up to 2 years while they transition from other facilities to give them the tools needed to become responsible and independent, the Victim Advocacy Program, which provides education on victim's rights to women who have experienced domestic violence, and the GameChangers, which is a violence prevention program for middle-school aged boys.

Our task was to assist them in setting up an area for the women to "shop" for clothing and other items that come from donations.  The women are generally allowed (based off inventory) 10 clothing items per week, but this gave them the chance to take the time to look through everything and get as many items as they needed/wanted!  It was a very rewarding experience and they were very grateful for the assistance.

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My team got to Volunteer with the Shades of Development summer program through Volunteer East TN yesterday. It was a wonderful and fun opportunity for us.
We went to Powell Elementary School and when we first got there we helped with a project to start a garden. We spray painted old tires and it was really nice to team build during this process. Once we were ready to put the dirt and soil in the planters the older kids came out to help. Shades of Development has a program called "Leaders in Training" so the future leaders came to help during this tougher part of the planter project.

During this project we had to wait for the spray paint to dry so while we waited we got to help out with an art project with the kids. The summer program has children from Kindergarten through ages 13. Some of my team went with the youngest kids, some with the middle and some with the oldest. We helped the teachers and kids with their art project as well as chat and get to know them.

This Volunteer project was fulfilling and fun and all the kids wanted us to come back again! We all felt the same way!
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Our team worked at the Salvation Army warehouse. We sorted food and water to be distributed at local shelters as well as items donated from the community to be sold at the Thrift Store.The Salvation Army helps our community by providing disaster relief, emergency assistance, and the Angel Tree program.


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Thank you for another opportunity to volunteer at Blount County Animal Shelter. They are at full capacity due to Spring and they run mostly on volunteers and donations so they really appreciated our help today walking the dogs and spending some time with the cats since the majority of their days are spent in small kennels.
Fortunately today we were able to give every dog at least ten minutes of freedom out of the cage.
Blount County Animal Shelter is is a great place that helps animals and people who can not keep their pets anymore, it is a no killing shelter and  they are always in need of volunteers, We have had such good experiences here that we encourage other animal loving teams to go and volunteer as well!

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We would like to say thank you for letting our team participate in a service project at the Wesley House this past week. Wesley House empowers and strengthens the community by providing academic, emotional, and spiritual support. The program was founded in 1907 and has 4 different programs. CARES (Children’s After-school Recreational & Educational Support) provides a structured after-school education program. PACE (Performing Arts and Cultural Education) is a part of the CARES curriculum that offers a variety of activities focused on arts and culture. STEP (Summer Time Enrichment Program) is a summer day camp for inner-city children and youth. WISE (Wellness in Senior Education) serves the inner-city senior citizens. All of these programs help foster a better community here in inner-city Knoxville. The 2015 Fall program had over 94 children enrolled and the programs continue to grow each year. We were able to assist in cleaning their school buses and vans, as they have drivers that go and pick up the children daily. We were also able to help clean up weeds around their flower bed areas, too. There are several ways to continue volunteering and giving back to Wesley House, such as sponsoring a child or senior citizen. If you would like to learn more about the opportunities at Wesley House, please contact Sharon at sharon@wesleyhouse.com or visit their web page at http://www.wesleyhouse.com/. Our team hopes to sponsor and full-fill Christmas wish lists for some of the senior citizens this coming year!








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Thank you for giving us the opportunity to volunteer at the Humane Society of the TN Valley!  It is a no kill rescue and adoption facility. HSTV is committed to its relationships with other shelters in the region, primarily by transferring some of their at risk animals to their building for adoption.  They do not believe that simply because of "lack of space, " euthanasia is the solution.  They are currently in the process of getting more kennels into the facility, which will cost around $30k.  They are always looking for great volunteers to help them with their mission!!!


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The international team gave back at the Blount County Animal Shelter today. It was amazing to make an impact in the community by taking care of beautiful animals that have been victims of abuse, mistreatment, and/or abandonment. The organization has an outstanding team that fosters them and aim for their full recovery. We contributed by feeding them, keeping them active, cleaning their surroundings and spaces, organizing contributions that the institution has been provided with, but even more special than everything else, providing them with the love and affection that they have struggled to receive prior to their induction at Blount County Animal Shelter. The staff was delighted about the energy, effort, and enthusiasm that we put towards the duties we were assigned to complete as part of our social responsibility and vibrant desire to lift those in need.


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Beardsley Farms is a nonprofit organization that promotes food security and sustainable agriculture. They have been working since 1998 to increase access to fresh produce in Knoxville's food dessert through produce donations, educational programs, and community gardening. Every year, with the help of over 1,000 volunteers, they are able to donate sustainably grown produce to local hunger-relief organizations and shelters. The farm grows over 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables and donates over 11,000 pounds of produce annually. Produce donations go to a variety of Knoxville kitchens and pantries, including Mobile Meals, KARM, Global Seeds, and the Family Crisis Center.

The food they grow is without chemical pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, and features many examples of sustainable agriculture, including a compost system, honeybees, rainwater harvesting, a drip irrigation system, free-range chickens, and a fruit and berry orchard.


We worked yesterday fertilizing 2 of the beds growing vegetables, picked up trash in the area since they share the acreage with a park, and cleaned some of the bamboo recently hung at their new facility. They have a work day this Saturday 2/25/17 from 12 pm-3 pm if anyone is interested in helping put for a few hours.

You can find more info at their website:
http://www.beardsleyfarm.org/
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Thank you for allowing us to volunteer our time to help those that were affected by the fires in Sevierville. We worked at the Sevier County Fire Recovery Donation Warehouse in Knox county. This facility houses the over flow of donations made for the Sevierville fires. Our team helped organize and sort donations such as, clothes, toys, towels, home goods, food, etc. After these items are sorted they are compacted and put in storage until needed or another disaster event happens where the items would be utilized. There are a few distribution centers in Sevier County where people that were affected can go to pick up needed items.

They still need more help, as half of the warehouse is still full of unsorted donations. The warehouse is open from 9:00am to 4:30 Monday – Saturday and works in 4 hour shifts. Here is the web link if you would like to sign up. https://www.volunteeretn.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0Co000000F8gi8

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Second Harvest Food Bank is East TN's largest hunger-relief charity and distributes over 18 million pounds of food and grocery products annually. 1 in 6 people in East Tennessee, our own backyard, lives in poverty and has difficulty meeting basic needs. Among children in OUR community, 1 in 4 are at risk of going hungry today. The need among senior citizens continues to rise. In East TN, an astounding 200,000 people are at risk of hunger.

Second Harvest can provide 3 meals with every $1 donation. There are several ways to get involved with this particular organization whether through volunteer work or donations. We spent our time packing food boxes.


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I really appreciate you granting us the opportunity to volunteer with the Gatlinburg wildfire relief efforts!  We spent the afternoon sorting donations at one of the Knoxville distribution centers, and getting to see first-hand the amount of donations at just this one location was overwhelming!  

They are set up in the old Sea Ray plant at Forks of the River, and the warehouse is filled from one end to the other with new and used items donated by people from all across the country.  Items sent to this location are considered "secondary priority," meaning they're not items that are considered an immediate need for victims.  That was hard for us to believe since most of the items we were sorting were clothing, but that just goes to show how amazing the response was right after the fires.  The clothing, bedding, shoes, toys, and household items we sorted through were then sent to be packaged for shipping to other locations that would clean and distribute the items to the victims who need them in the coming weeks and months as they re-establish living arrangements.

Because the amount of incoming donations has been much more than anticipated, the need for volunteers to help unload, sort, package, and distribute these items is still great.  My team and I would encourage anyone interested in volunteering their time to the wildfire relief efforts to sign up to do so through Volunteer East Tennessee at the link below.

https://www.volunteeretn.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0Co000000ElZ3G

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Thousands of East Tennesseans were forced evacuate from their homes in early December following the wildfires around the Gatlinburg & Smoky mountain areas. Sevier County issued an emergency call for 1,800 volunteers during the first week in December & thanks to 21st, we were able to be a part of the recovery relief effort. The Volunteer Reception Center tasked our group with sorting through load after load of donations dropped off by semi-trucks. The amount of generosity shown through donations was simply astonishing...and definitely a bit overwhelming. Luckily, there were around 40+ volunteers helping us sort through the heaps of clothes, blankets, toiletries, etc so they could later be distributed back into the community.

Thankfully most residents have either returned home or found temporary housing, but that doesn't mean everything is already back to normal. Attention has shifted toward rebuilding homes and businesses which is going to be extremely time-consuming & costly. There are continued volunteer opportunities to assist with cleanup & Smart Bank is collecting monetary donations - links included below.

http://www.volunteeretn.org/
http://www.hands.org/

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Thank you for giving us the opportunity to volunteer at the Young-Williams Animal Center!  They are always in need of volunteers, especially throughout the holidays.  We helped beautified the side of the building, fed the animals that are in clinic, and got paperwork ready for possible adoptions!

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I just wanted to thank you so much for giving our team the opportunity to volunteer as interpreters with My People Funds in Pigeon Forge yesterday. We were able to translate for at least 20 displaced Hispanic families with the qualification process to receive funds. It was a great day to serve together as well as with so many other people in the community as one team.

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Image:Highlights: 21st Mortgage Company Meeting
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On July 12, 2016, 21st Mortgage Corporation unveiled its updated website. This newly designed format allows for mobile friendly presentation across all device types.

If you have bookmarks to specific pages on the old site, page redirects are in place to help you navigate to the newer page during the transition.
Please update any bookmarks or favorites you may have as these redirects from old links will be removed on October 1, 2016.

Our on-line application will be updated separately and is planned to go live later in 2016.

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This three minute video explains how the company was founded and the principles of 21st Mortgage Corporation.

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“I hope to inspire you to take action in three areas of your life. I will start with the easy one.

1. The biggest difference between academically successful people and those without post secondary educations is due to the influence of the people in their lives. Very few of us are able to find success in life without good role models.
Recommendation:
Send those people a personal thank you card expressing your gratitude. Now let me clarify this recommendation. It is not to send a text message, email, Twitter or Facebook post.

2. The people who are happiest in life – are those best able to balance the demands of work, family, and self.
I urge you to prioritize the qualities you look for in a company. … in your place my top three characteristics would be

1) an innovative company in an industry with growth potential.
2) A company with a reputation for treating its customers, team members, and other stakeholders according to the Golden Rule.
3) A company who encourages its team members to maintain a healthy balance between Career, Family, and Self.

Never fail to recognize the importance of Family: Take time to hug your kids, read a bedtime story, take your spouse on a date, and
above all else take your kids to visit their grandparents. …I’m a grandparent.
Recommendation:
Find a balance in your life. Take time to exercise where you can make it a habit and protect that time as your highest priority.

3. The third point I want to make is about being engaged and governance. New laws and regulations are written and rarely repealed. I urge you to take an interest in the proposed laws and regulations that affect your industry
Recommendation:
Meet your City Councilman, your county commissioner, your congressman and your senator. Join and be active in the association representing you in the state capitals and in Washington. Do not assume the politicians and regulators really understand your business.”

-Tim Williams
CEO 21st Mortgage

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8:09 a.m. November 10, 2015

Supporters donate $450,000 to Northwest Middle Boys & Girls Club


KNOXVILLE -- Two community members have stepped up to support the new Northwest Middle School Boys & Girls
Club with a three year investment of $450,000. Tim Williams, CEO of 21st Mortgage, gave $300,000 to the Great
Schools Partnership earmarked for the Northwest Middle Boys & Girls Club. The Great Schools Partnership will
distribute the funds over the next three years.

"Today's children and teenagers face tough challenges," Williams said. "The Northwest Middle club is engaging kids
when they need it the most, and we want to support this mission by ensuring the club has what it needs to help the
students be successful."

Tony Hollin, CEO of EdFinancial, recently made a $150,000 donation directly to the club.

"EdFinancial is glad to join 21st Mortgage in this very important venture that will transform the lives of thousands of kids
in our community," said Hollin, who recently co-chaired the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley "Our Kids, Our
Future" campaign. "Northwest Middle is an important school in our county as students come from a variety of feeder
elementary schools and backgrounds. Since it's in a middle school, this club is in a unique position to serve teen
members, and we hope the students will stay involved throughout high school."

The Northwest Middle School Boys & Girls Club has experienced rapid growth in its two month existence, showing
need for programming at the community school. Approximately 85 students attend the club every day with a total
enrollment of 225.

Two community members have stepped up to support the club with a three year investment of $450,000. Tim Williams,
CEO of 21st Mortgage, gave $300,000 to the Great Schools Partnership earmarked for the Northwest Middle Boys &
Girls Club. The Great Schools Partnership will distribute the funds over the next three years.

According to Shelley Carr, Northwest Middle club director, the goal is to increase the average daily attendance to 100
students, and this money will allow the club to offer additional programs to recruit members. A recently formed member
council is meeting once a month to discuss programs, field trips and special projects to help recruit and retain fellow
members.

"We're so appreciative of Tony's and Tim's support of our club," Carr said. "With this money and the direction of our
council, we have the funds and leadership to accomplish our goal by the end of this year."

Published November 10, 2015
Knoxville Daily Sun
@2015

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