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From tax tips to money-saving tricks, the Check Into Cash blog is your one stop for money talk. Here you’ll find ideas that you can use to save money, time, and energy. Check back for new content every week. If you like a post, be sure to share it with a friend! After all, everyone could use a little extra cash in their pocket.

Winners of Our 25th Anniversary $25,000 Giveaway

Congratulations to the winners of our 25th Anniversary $25,000 Giveaway! Enjoy your $1,000 prizes!

25th Anniversary Giveaway Winner’s List:
[Winner 1] Dustin W. of Wrightsville, PA
[Winner 2] Sheila R. of Bondurant, IA
[Winner 3] Kristi K. of Mt. Vernon, OH
[Winner 4] Carmina C. of Lancaster, CA
[Winner 5] Robert R. JR of South Bend, IN
[Winner 6] Nicholas C. of Elizabethton, TN
[Winner 7] Kevin S. of Oklahoma City, OK
[Winner 8] Kathleen D. of Blaine, WA
[Winner 9] Francisco D. of Santa Ana, CA
[Winner 10] William H. of Tracy, CA
[Winner 11] Elaine R. of Good Hope, IL
[Winner 12] Alton L. of Altus, OK
[Winner 13] Karen S. of Nokomis, FL
[Winner 14] Erik O. of Tuscola, IL
[Winner 15] Siobhan R. of Myrtle Beach, SC
[Winner 16] Crystal L. of Elwood, IN
[Winner 17] Dennis N. of Soledad, C
[Winner 18] Jolissa P. of Ovid, MI
[Winner 19] Madeline A. of Rancho Cucamonga, CA
[Winner 20] Jessica M. of Maryville, TN
[Winner 21] Daniel G. of Sacramento, CA
[Winner 22] Dallas M. of Bucyrus, OH
[Winner 23] Mark S. of Westland, MI
[Winner 24] Philip M. of Danvers, IL
[Winner 25] Amy E. of Belton, TX

That’s a lot of good fortune and lucky individuals!

Congratulations to you all, and a sincere thanks to everyone who entered.

2018 marked our 25th Anniversary, and as part of this momentous event, we created the 25th Anniversary Giveaway as a way for us to celebrate our milestones while also giving back to our customers. It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years since Check Into Cash began, but we’re ready for 25 more.

For more information about Check Into Cash’s 25th Anniversary, and to learn more about the company’s history, visit #CIC25Years.

Be Ready For Tax Season

Feeling All Taxed Out?
With tax season in full swing, you’re probably worn out from adding and subtracting, itemizing and deducting. But take heart, because your money is in good hands—yours.
With Check Into Cash, you don’t have to worry about waiting to get your refund quickly. If an urgent medical bill, overdue home project, or your child’s school field trip cause your refund to run out faster than expected, we’ve got you covered.

What financial services are at your disposal?

Quick, Painless Check Cashing
If you prefer a good-old check for your tax refund, Check Into Cash can turn it into cold, hard cash. Swing by your local store to utilize our check-cashing services. In just a matter of minutes, you’ll be on your way, cash in hand, ready to put that tax return to good use. Click here to find the nearest Check Into Cash that offers check-cashing services.

Filling Up Your Account
In life, it’s sometimes difficult to make ends meet, even with the help of a tax refund. If you need a little help with your finances, don’t sweat it. As long as you have a job and a bank account, getting the funds you need only takes a few minutes.
Drop by your local Check Into Cash or visit us online at to find out how much you’re eligible to receive. With a quick approval process tailored to meet your needs, you can lift the burden of unpaid bills from your chest and get back to living life.

Loan options available include the following:

Installment Loans —With an installment loan, you can get more money and pay it off in a longer period of time, typically between 6 and 12 months.

Flex Line of Credit—A renewable source of income that allows you to withdraw cash up to your credit limit any time you need it. You can keep your line of credit indefinitely, you pay interest only on the money you use, like a credit card.

Payday—Small-dollar loans that get you to your next payday, which is when the loan is repaid. Every state determines the size of loan allowed, so click here to see how much you can get today.

If you need a little more than payday loans provide, a title loan allows you to offer your clean automobile title as collateral for your loan. Once the loan is repaid, the title is returned to you. In the meantime, you keep your car.

Find the nearest Check Into Cash that offers the loans you need or visit to find out how to get the cash you need online, via our simple, safe, secure website.

Finance Tips for The New Year – What Now?

Tip #5: What Now?

Your debts are getting paid down; you’re ready for the next step towards taking charge of your finances. You can set up an emergency fund or save for retirement.

1. Vow to never be in debt again
It’s been a hard journey. You’ve cut back on your expenses; you’re bringing in more money. It’s taken a lot of determination and discipline, but you’ve made it. Don’t forfeit that feeling by going back into debt.

2. Save up for what you want
It can be easy to put yourself back into debt after you’ve gotten yourself out. Plan out those bigger purchases and make a plan to save for them.

3. Save up for your emergency fund
It’s a good rule of thumb to have at least 6 months of expenses saved – you never know what can happen.

4. Stay on top of your finances
Use an app to track your spending. Use credit score monitoring services to stay on top of your credit. Carefully review your bank statements. Protect your money.

We understand life can happen and you might not be prepared. Things always happen when you least expect it. That’s why we’re here. We have more than just payday loans, depending on the state you live in. We have flexible financial options to help you achieve the financial stability you need. Check In and speak with one of our customer service representatives today.

Check Into Cash Launches Love Your Heart Campaign

Check Into Cash Launches Love Your Heart Campaign for American Heart Month
Social Campaign Will Raise Awareness of America’s Number One Killer

CLEVELAND, TN, January 28, 2019: Check Into Cash, a national leader in alternative financial services, launched its #LoveYourHeart campaign today. February is American Heart Month and Check Into Cash is proud to join the fight against cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Individuals are encouraged to educate themselves about cardiovascular disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, and knowledge is the key to prevention and getting treatment.

The campaign, which runs the month of February, features the Check Into Cash Love Your Heart educational webpage. The page contains helpful coronary and lifestyle data, including information about understanding the risks, recognizing the signs, and lowering the threat of heart disease.

“Education is a vital part of prevention, and we’re proud to continue supporting the fight against heart disease and stroke,” said Check Into Cash President Steve Scoggins. “The more we know and understand about our hearts, the better equipped we are to keep them healthy.”

“We encourage everyone – businesses and individuals alike – to join us on National Wear Red Day® on Friday, February 1 to raise awareness about heart disease,” said Scoggins. “By raising awareness, we’re also supporting the fight to find a cure.”

To learn more about Check Into Cash, visit For information about Heart Disease prevention and treatment, please visit #loveyourheart

As a pioneer in the alternative and short-term financial services industry, Check Into Cash is the longest standing payday lender in the industry and currently operates almost 900 stores in 32 states across the country. Its online services can be accessed 24/7. Since the company’s inception in 1993, Check Into Cash has branched out to include a variety of financial services under its umbrella to earn the title in their slogan — Your One Stop Money Shop®.



About Check Into Cash

Founded in Cleveland, Tennessee in 1993 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Allan Jones, the Check Into Cash brand is a state licensed and regulated small balance lender. Check Into Cash stores offer check cashing, Western Union® money transfers, prepaid U.S. Money Cards, and other convenient services as a complete One Stop Money Shop®.

Check Into Cash is a founding member of the Community Financial Services Association of America (CFSA), the trade association representing the nation’s payday lenders. The CFSA advocates for best practices and helps enact legislation that balances the needs of the consumer with the interests of the industry.

As a national leader and industry standard-bearer, Check Into Cash firmly believes in truthful advertising and full disclosure of its services.

©2019 Check Into Cash, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Media Contact:

Dawn Hyde-Burger

VP, Marketing


Finance Tips For The New Year – How to Pay Off Debts

Tip #4: Pay Off Debts

1. Home
If you do a quick internet search you’ll see that the most common way to pay off a mortgage faster is to make biweekly payments. You don’t have to pay anything extra with this approach. You pay half of your mortgage every two weeks. This will allow you to make 26 biweekly payments, which actually amounts to 13 payments a year instead of 12 when you only pay monthly. Also, if you feel like you can apply more to each payment, make sure the extra money is always applied to the principle payment and not just being applied to the interest.

2. Car
Your car payment can reap the same benefits as your mortgage with the biweekly payments if allowed by your lender. Pay extra on the principle if you can. It’s also worth looking into automatic payments so you can avoid any type of late fee.

3. Student Loans
Most of us suffer from student loan debt. Pay extra on the principle and look into refinancing. Most student loans have high interest rates, so this could be an option that gives you some relief while still making a dent in the loans.

4. Credit Cards
Everyone has something different to say about how to pay off credit cards. You could tackle the smallest debt first, or you can focus on the card with the highest interest rate. Depending on your credit, you could look into a balance transfer to a credit card with a 0% APR promotion. Just make sure you keep an eye on when the promotion ends because the interest could back pay.

Don’t be afraid to seek professional help to assist with building a plan to help you get out of debt.

Check into Cash is here for you. You can pay all of your bills here in one place. It’s quick, easy, and convenient. You’ll know before you leave you have taken care of your bills. Staying on top of your payments will help you achieve your goals.

Finance Tips For The New Year – Make Extra Money

Tip #3: Make Extra Money

For some of you, you might find that budgeting and cutting back aren’t enough. You need more money coming in, so what is there to do?

1. Get a part time job.
See where you can get a part time or a weekend job in your area. There are several ridesharing services you could work for that allow you to make your own schedule. You can go the more traditional route and go retail, and there are always options online for work-at-home gigs. Whatever fits your situation, you have options.

2. Utilize cash back apps and rewards cards.
There are several apps that give you cash back for purchases you already need to make. Does your local grocery store offer a rewards card? Use it every time you shop to be rewarded with discounts.

3. Sell items from around your home.
The New Year is a great time to do some deep cleaning at home. Do you have items around your home that you want to get rid of? Use an online marketplace to sell them! It’s a win-win! Rule of thumb: if you haven’t worn it in 12-months, out it goes. Be brutal. Get a friend to help with these decisions – they don’t have the attachment to that one yellow shirt you do. Reduce clutter and make money at the same time!

4. Sell your gift cards.
Throughout the year you may have gotten gift cards to places you’ll never use. Instead of letting that money go to waste, sell them to us! Check into Cash buys unwanted gift cards. As long as it’s from a major retailer, and has a minimum balance of at least $20, bring it on in and walk out with cash.

Finance Tips For The New Year – See Where You Can Cut Back

Tip #2: See Where You Can Cut Back

Now that you have outlined a budget, the next thing to do is to see where you can cut expenses back. This is a good idea regardless if you have a surplus or a shortage of funds. Maybe you’re paying for a cable package you never watch, or you’re using too much energy and could cut back on your electricity bill. It’s a good idea to look at these expenses several times throughout the year so you’re not throwing money down the drain.

Here are a few ways you can cut back:

1. Sell a vehicle.
Are you holding onto a vehicle that’s sitting in the driveway? If you don’t drive it, consider selling it. Paying for a vehicle registration annually and car insurance monthly might not be worth it.

2. Carpool to work.
Suggest to a coworker who lives in the same area as you, to carpool. It can save on gas, plus you’ll be doing a good thing for the environment.

3. Reduce Electricity Costs.
Did you know that some electronics still use electricity when they’re plugged in, even if they’re not on? This is a good time to create a habit of unplugging electronics when they’re not in use. You can also adjust your thermostat by setting it a little cooler in the winter, and a little warmer in the summer. But before you do that, ensure your home is sealed correctly; you could be letting money slip through the cracks unknowingly. Talk to your electric company about a free inspection.

4. Cancel unused memberships/subscriptions.
When was the last time you used that gym membership? Do you need two music streaming services? How about the 3 video streaming platforms you use? Now is the time to really see how often you use these services and start trimming back.
If you don’t remember the last time you used it, cancel it. You’re not missing it.

5. Cut back on going out.
This is probably one of the best ways to save money. Don’t eat out and limit entertainment that costs money. No doubt there’s tons of options where you live that allows you to have fun with your loved ones for free. Check your local community calendar, you might find some fun ideas. Be creative, not expected.

Finance Tips for The New Year – Creating A Budget

2019 budget finance tips


Tip #1: Create a Budget


New Year, New Goals, New You!

There’s something about the first of the year that makes you want to make a change. Getting finances in order is a huge way to regain control from the chaos of the holidays.


First thing you’ll need to do is create a budget. Creating a budget allows you to see everything at once.


  1. Figure out everything you need to pay for each month.
    Make a list of all of your expenses to find out exactly how much you are spending each month. This includes rent/mortgage, food, utilities, insurance (auto/health/renters, etc.), clothing, transportation (car payment, gas, upkeep, Uber fares, etc.), even entertainment.


  1. Determine your income.

This is where you include your annual salary, as well as other sources of income. Make your projections on concrete sources, not hopeful projects – those are bonuses.


  1. Set goals.

Do you have a surplus or a shortage of funds? If you have a surplus, create a plan. Are you going to pay off debt? Start an emergency fund? Do both? Figure out a plan and start saving now. If you find yourself in a deficit, think about how you can cut back or other ways you to create income.


  1. Track all of your spending.

All of it – the more detailed you are, the more profitable your efforts will be. It helps keep you accountable. Seeing your spending habits in writing might make you think twice before splurging. It’s also a great feeling achieving your goals because of your self-discipline.


  1. Be realistic.

It might seem logical to put 100% of your surplus into debts or savings, but you have to keep in mind that life happens. Eventually you will bust a tire, or the water heater will break. Anything can happen – it’s life, after all – but it’s important to not be discouraged. Just keep working towards your goals, and make them happen.

And remember, if anything happens that’s too big, we’re here for you! Check Into Cash is always ready to help you when you need it most.

Who Is Buried In Famous Tall Betsy’s Tomb?

“To Fort Hill Cemetery she will go, to her mausoleum, with YOU in tow!” 

Tall Betsy, the 7-foot 6 1/2-inch official goblin of Bradley County, Tennessee, is known worldwide for her legendary Halloween appearances at 150 Centenary Avenue in Cleveland, Tennessee. However, she wasn’t always the “Official Spook of Cleveland.” 

In the early 1900’s, Tall Betsy was a real person who happened to be very tall and walked the Cleveland streets at night. Speculation about the resident’s identity varied. Some suspected she was a police officer who dressed in black to scare people off the streets. Others believed she was a tall woman garbed in black who roamed the streets only at night to avoid being gawked at because of her odd appearance.

Whatever her true identity, she was the perfect fodder for legend. Cleveland parents in the 1920’s and 1930’s told their children that if they failed to come home before dark, they would likely encounter Tall Betsy, sometimes called Black Betsy or simply The Lady in Black. 

Hearing this story from his mother and grandmother as a child, businessman Allan Jones became enamored with the tale. He dreamed of dressing up as the legendary lady, and made his first attempt in 1970 as a high school sophomore. In preparation, he dyed one of his mother’s white sheets black with Ritz dye. He mixed the dye in a horse bucket out by their barn and started a fire under the bucket. He also cut down two saplings to use as stilts. Unfortunately, the stilts bowed while drying, causing Jones to appear less gruesome girlie and more bowlegged cowboy.

Though his initial attempt failed, Jones clung to his goal of donning Betsy’s clothes and keeping her legend alive. Ten years later, his dream came to fruition.

Cleveland’s Central City Action Association, which later became MainStreet-Cleveland, wanted to establish an official downtown spook,” Jones said. “I fought to make Tall Betsy the official spook, and I promised to make her costume and dress up as her if she won the title.”

Thanks to Jones’ insistence, Tall Betsy won out as the official spook of Cleveland. With Tall Betsy poised for local — and later, national —celebrity, Jones suddenly had to flesh out her backstory and he made it up off the cuff during an interview with the Cleveland Daily Banner.

Like the rest of the legend, the location of Betsy’s permanent quarters came from this interview. The reporter asked where Tall Betsy resided, and Jones gave the first answer that popped into his head. He said the Lady in Black lives in a mausoleum at the highest point of Fort Hill Cemetery, where Jones became a legend in his own right.

“Around 1969 my friends and I, who were all around 16 at the time, heard about a mausoleum in Fort Hill that had been vandalized,” said Jones. “The result of the vandalism was that curious kids could look in and see the exposed casket.” 

Jones and his friends visited the cemetery that summer and noticed that the back window bars of the mausoleum had been removed, and the inside had been vandalized.  

“About 25 percent of the marble was lying in the floor, allowing me to look in at an old casket on the shelf,” Jones revealed. “There was nearly 18 inches between the side and the casket, and a friend dared me to crawl in and lay next to the casket. Then he double-dog dared me. So I crawled in quickly. We all ran back to the car, but my bravery became legendary.”

When Jones glanced back, he saw it was the tomb of Flora Shields (also listed on census records as Emma F. Shields). The name became etched in his mind forever.

Eleven years after reading Flora Shields’ name, Jones donned the Tall Betsy outfit for her first Halloween outing at Johnston Park from 3 to 5 p.m. Afterward, she laid in the back of a pick-up truck driven by Jones’ childhood friend, Lou Patton. Tall Betsy then made an encore appearance at Jones’ Centenary home. There, Jones’ mother and then-girlfriend Janie Pangle were throwing a Halloween party for Jones’ daughter, Courtney, of whom Jones was a single parent.

The children were enraptured with Tall Betsy, as were a handful of trick-or-treaters who came to Jones’ house that night. Exhausted, Jones relaxed that evening, counting it a one-time success. He’d succeeded in dressing up as his beloved childhood spook and made sure everyone in Cleveland knew of her legend. 

Jones figured his Tall Betsy costume would hang in his closet untouched for years to come, but other people had different plans. 

“Lou Patton’s sister, Janie, called me before Halloween of 1981 and asked if I would dress up as Tally Betsy again,” Jones said. “If it weren’t for that call, I may have never donned Betsy’s outfit a second time.”

According to Jones, 1981, his second outing as Tall Betsy, is when the legend really took hold of Cleveland’s imagination. From popular demand, Jones went on to make appearances as Tall Betsy year after year in front of his then-house at 150 Centenary Avenue NW, the gruesome girlie gaining more notoriety each time. Eventually, Tall Betsy became so popular that people flocked to Cleveland on Halloween just to sneak a peak. In 1998, the Jones family official count was that 11,201 trick-or-treaters came to their Centenary door, each receiving a single piece of bubblegum.

As Tall Betsy’s popularity soared, Jones reflected on the legend he created. He spent a lot of time through the years wondering about Flora Shields, the lady who was buried where Jones claimed Tall Betsy lived.  

“After the legend of Tall Betsy grew to the point where people were traveling from across the South to see her on Halloween, I started trying to figure out who Flora Shields was and why no one knew anything about her,” Jones said.

Eventually, Jones hired Michael Slaughter — one of the nation’s most respected genealogical researchers — to uncover who built the mausoleum and when. Jones also tasked Slaughter with finding out who’s interred there, and when and where they lived. He wanted to know who Flora Shields was, and why none of her family members complained that her grave had been transformed into Tall Betsy’s home.

Slaughter’s research revealed that Ms. Shields was born in August 1866 and died in 1951. She never married, never worked and never crunched any child’s bones. And though interred here, she spent only a handful of years in Cleveland.

Nearly 70 years after her death, Ms. Shields has no surviving family members. Hence why no one complains about Tall Betsy taking up residence in her tomb.

“Flora was 85 years old when she died in Miami,” said Slaughter. “She was essentially an old maid who never worked nor married, whose source of income was her wealthy grandfather, William Shields, who reported a significant net worth of $20,000 in 1860.”

For comparison, the richest person listed in Cleveland’s 1850 census was Thomas Callaway, whose net worth was $27,000. So Flora’s grandfather, the first of the Shields family to move to Bradley County, was one of the wealthiest people in Polk County at the time.

Slaughter noted that although Flora’s name will be forever linked to the famous Tall Betsy of Centenary Avenue, she only lived in Cleveland between 1866 and 1870. It was during this time that Ms. Shields’ father, John Caswell Shields, owned a grocery store across the courthouse on Ocoee Street. Mr. Shields went on to practice medicine for decades prior to his early 20th-century return to Bradley County, Tennessee.

Born in Murray County, Georgia, Ms. Shields was in Smith County, Texas, with her family for the 1870 census. A decade later, she, her four siblings and her mother, Emily Howell Shields, were in Murray County, Georgia, while her father, John Caswell Shields, was in Eugene, Oregon. The family later reunited in Umatilla County, Oregon, returned to Bradley County in the early 1900’s, and moved to Miami, Florida, following John Caswell’s death. Flora lived in Miami with her mother, niece Esther and Esther’s husband, Mr. Dupont (first name is unreadable in the census). Following her mother’s death in 1924 in Dade County, Florida, Flora began living with her niece Lena B. Donovan, and by 1940 lived by herself in Homestead, Florida.

In conclusion, Slaughter reported that Ms. Shields passed away on September 27, 1951 in Dade County, Florida. He further stated that the Shields mausoleum was likely built between 1900 and 1908, with Flora and her parents, John Caswell Shields—who died in Bradley County on November 12, 1908—and Emily Howell—who died in 1924, its only occupants.


For more information, videos, and pictures about Tall Betsy, visit


The tomb of Flora Shields, where the legend of Tall Betsy originated, at Fort Hill Cemetery.

The tomb of Flora Shields, where the legend of Tall Betsy originated, at Fort Hill Cemetery.


Tall Betsy appears at her Fort Hill Cemetery mausoleum. 

Tall Betsy appears at her Fort Hill Cemetery mausoleum. 


Michael Slaughter, one of America’s top genealogists and a historical researcher, is shown here examining documents about Flora Shields and the legend of Tall Betsy.

Halloween Block Party Enters Its Fourth Decade


Cleveland, TN’s Halloween Block Party Enters Its Fourth

Scary Fun Decade This Halloween Night


Join Platinum sponsor Check Into Cash on the 31st for the 31st

scary-fun evening of carnival rides, superheroes, candy,

and a great time for thousands


CLEVELAND, TN It’s the 31st on the 31st in 2018 as Cleveland’s annual Halloween Block Party enters its fourth decade. This year’s event is packed with costume contests, rides, live entertainment, food and games, superheroes, and an incredible amount of candy. With every year, the festival continues to prove you’re never too old or too young to have a scary great time.

While most associate the Witching Hour with midnight, the doors swing wide at 5 p.m. that evening, when the event re-animates and all the spooky tricks and treats begin to take their respective corporeal forms. Music and contests begin at 6 p.m., with this year’s chilling festivities including:

  • Costume contests, for infants to adults
  • 3 stages featuring live music, culminating with “The Entice Band”
  • “Treat Street,” sponsored by Mars Chocolate. The highlight of the evening for kids of all ages as thousands treat their way to a grocery bag of candy
  • DARE Midway filled with inflatable bounce houses and rides
  • Food-a-Rama, with all types of carnival foods including barbecue ribs, grilled chicken, hamburgers, hotdogs, funnel cakes, and more

Check Into Cash is a Platinum sponsor of this event. “Of all the events and happenings we support in our community, the Block Party just might be the most fun,” Steve Scoggins, President of Check Into Cash said. “It’s certainly one of the most anticipated and popular. Kids, families, adults – everybody loves it. We love sponsoring it and the interaction we have with our neighbors is a real treat. It’s a fun family way to enjoy fall and kick off the holidays.  We hope everyone can make it – they’re certainly invited.”

Even the Dark Knight himself and his trusty 4-wheeled steed, the Batmobile, will be in attendance. Representing the powers of good, we can only hope he is able to hold off any gruesome creatures or ethereal malevolences that may attempt to possess the area.

The 31st annual spooktacular tradition will be held this All Hallow’s Eve, the 31st day of October, 2018, from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., in downtown Cleveland, TN.  Costumes are encouraged, but entirely optional. Admission is free and all are welcome.

For more information about the Halloween Block Party, please visit

These aren’t the Jawas (or droids) you’re looking for.

Cleveland’s Block Party combines the best of traditional trick-or-treating with a carnival atmosphere.

Block Parties and fall colors go together like tricks and treats.

Checking Into Community Heroes

Be Someones Hero Community Event (L to R) Kerry Horner, Customer Service & Debt Administration Manager; Cindy Park, Debt Administration; Brad Baum, Marketing Project Manager; Allan Jones, CEO; Jim Miller, Alps Customer Service; Stephanie Young, e-Commerce Collections Manager; Gina Neely, Assistant Collections Manager; and Nicholas Zanette, Project Manager, Corporate Development at the “Be Someone’s Hero” kick-off luncheon.


Check Into Cash continues its tradition of community support and personal involvement.

CLEVELAND, TN: In a staff of over 450, one would expect to find a socially-conscious soul or two, but the tradition of service and support at Check Into Cash in Cleveland, TN goes far deeper and beyond that of just helping its customers. Since its founding over 25 years ago, the pioneer in the alternative and short-term financial services industry has remained true to its humble roots and vigorously supports its surrounding communities and neighborhoods.

The firm’s home office has extended its own commitment to the betterment of its hometown area by participating in the United Way of the Greater Ocoee Region’s Day of Action over the summer, and is sponsoring the company-wide “Be Someone’s Hero” fundraising campaign this fall.

The Day of Action saw a platoon of volunteers demonstrating corporate leadership through hard work, civic pride, and good old-fashioned sweat equity. The “Be Someone’s Hero” campaign engages all of the local workforce and encourages employee participation in supporting over local 8,000 families through generous financial donation.

“My dad, Bill Jones, told me to give more than my fair share each year to the United Way and I always have! I strongly believe the United Way makes the biggest difference in changing lives and strengthening Cleveland and Bradley County,” said Allan Jones, founder and CEO of Check Into Cash.

Day of Action

On July 20, a team of 28 Check Into Cash employees spent their day giving back as members in the United Way’s Day of Action. They split into three groups, heading respectively, to the Boys and Girls Club, Michigan Avenue School, and Hopewell Elementary, all in Cleveland, TN. There they spent their time preparing these facilities for the students, teachers, and upcoming fall. Under the steamy July sun, they painted, cleaned musty basements and battled spider webs, pressure-washed sidewalks, landscaped, and addressed issues where their hosts needed them.

“I’m really proud of our people, and their overwhelming response. The folks at United Way sent up a signal, and the team here really did respond like heroes,” said Check Into Cash President Steve Scoggins, adding, “Community service is part of our ethos.”

Campaign of Caring

But this single day’s achievements are merely prelude to the fall’s “Be Someone’s Hero” campaign. The company-wide fundraiser’s goal is $80,000 to help United Way support those 8,000 families.

“Be Someone’s Hero” launched with a series of three informational sessions created to engage and inspire the participants to, literally, be someone’s hero through generous financial support and community participation. With over 47 programs ranging from early education to after-school care, job training, domestic violence support and home delivered meals for senior adults, there is scarcely a program or issue in the area the nonprofit hasn’t touched.

“By fighting together, Check Into Cash, United Way, and thousands of other donors and volunteers make sure the Ocoee Region is a better place for everyone to call home,” said Candice Natola, United Way’s Director of Community Engagement.

The endeavor will continue through the end of 2018, with its impact and benefits being felt in homes and across the region for years to come.

Super Results Assembled

Every day individuals do things that – in that moment or scope – may not seem heroic, but when combined create so much more. When this impact is multiplied by a factor of over 450, it’s not difficult to realize the impact of the Check Into Cash workforce. That’s the energy and passion leaders have encouraged since the company was founded in 1993 and continues to be harnessed today.

As the fall and campaign progress, Check Into Cash’s support for the families of the region will only continue to mount, as the bond between these two leaders grows more influential and central to the local community. “Eight thousand families is a staggering number, but we’re a numbers company. Our team will come through,” averred Scoggins.

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