ORNL FCU to Lease Space to United Way of Anderson County; Joins Anderson County Family Justice Center as Tenant

Oak Ridge, Tenn. – ORNL Federal Credit Union (ORNL FCU) recently announced that the United Way of Anderson County (UWAC) will be leasing office space in their building located on Broadway Avenue in Oak Ridge, TN. ORNL FCU will also underwrite a number of improvements to make the space more conducive to the organization’s needs.

With their current office located at 728 Emory Valley Road in Oak Ridge, UWAC will join the Anderson County Family Justice Center (ACFJC) in occupying the 301 Broadway Avenue building. The Family Justice Center is leasing approximately 50% of the building  and the remaining space is currently vacant. When renovations to the vacant space are complete, the United Way will occupy the remaining 50%. Construction is expected to begin mid-March, with plans for UWAC to occupy by mid-year.

UWAC provides support and services to any program working to advance the common good with a specific focus on youth development, self-sufficiency, and health and senior services. The organization funds more than 40 local non-profits, including the Boys & Girls Club, ASAP of Anderson, Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, Emory Valley Center, Girls Inc., Helen Ross McNabb Center, and YWCA. In addition to funding, United Way provides training and technical assistance to any non-profit in the area.

The United Way is always looking for new ways to seamlessly provide direct assistance to clients in need – this support includes case management, referrals, and basic needs. Being co-located with the Family Justice Center and several other partners will create a comprehensive hub for service. Having the conference space available will also allow larger community and agency trainings as well as bring to fruition the long-term United Way dream of holding resource days to provide large-scale assistance to individuals in the community. This might be resume writing, interview training and clothing support for those re-entering the workforce, a day of car repairs, or a day to provide fully comprehensive support through resource days.

“ORNL Federal Credit Union is a long-term partner and huge supporter of the United Way mission. This is just another way they are helping to make our mission possible. This space will be such a huge improvement to the day-to-day operations of our organization as well as making several dreams a reality,” said Naomi Asher, UWAC Executive Director

The Credit Union is donating approximately 3,300 square feet of space to UWAC over an agreed-upon period of time after which the property will be deeded to the organization. Since the space is organized as a business condominium association, UWAC will join the
other two entities (AFCJC and ORNL FCU) as property owners in the Broadway building once their agreed-upon term is completed.

“We felt that the best use of the remaining space at 301 Broadway would be to have a tenant with a complementary mission to the Family Justice Center,” said Colin Anderson, President & CEO of ORNL FCU. “Because of the location of this building, we believe that these important non-profit organizations add value to the community with their presence.”

The 301 portion of the building faces Broadway Avenue, while 303 is the lower part of the building, facing W. Tennessee Avenue. The Credit Union’s Facilities Department currently operates out of the 303 Broadway space. ORNL FCU has used the building as office space for various departments over the years. When the Credit Union’s headquarters was remodeled and its Northshore hub was completed in 2017, employee’s located at 301/303 Broadway were moved and the space was used for storage.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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