Find out how to get a 720 credit score on 7/20

Knoxville, Tenn. (WATE) – Blount County leaders are joining forces in East Tennessee to help people achieve higher credit scores leading to financial sustainability.

East Tennessee finance professionals and organizations that offer credit counseling programs strive to show the importance of a great credit score on July 20 or 7/20. The groups will hold several courses on ways to improve credit scores, financial freedom, debt management, and more. Several resources will also be available for people looking to improve their financial well-being.

“We understand the challenges that many people face, especially in today’s economy. For this reason, it is important to know that there are resources available. Our community is fortunate to have programs and financial institutions that can help establish and maintain a strong credit rating. Maryville Mayor Andy White and Alcoa Mayor Clint Abbott and I appreciate these organizations coming together on 7/20 to highlight the services available to our community related to financial health,” said Ed Mitchell, Mayor of Blount County.

The following organizations have joined in the effort to provide resources:

The groups will offer free assistance to anyone from small start-ups, consumers, seniors and people re-entering the workforce to those struggling financially. Additionally, those interested in improving their credit score or financial well-being are encouraged to contact the organizations listed above about their program to improve their finances.

“We are proud to be part of a collaboration of organizations across East Tennessee to provide financial counseling and technical assistance to our community. We know that by working together, we not only build stability for individuals and families, but for our entire community. This is a winning proposition for all of us and we are delighted to mark July 20 as the date that marks our continued commitment,” noted Joshalyn Hundley, Vice President/Community Development Director of First Horizon.

“We are excited to play a role in raising awareness and attention to a healthy credit rating. As credit scores rise, the doors to home ownership, employment, and generational change arise. It’s something we can all be proud of as we look to a strong future for our community. We invite everyone to join us for our Lunch & Learn scheduled for July 20 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at our Habitat for Humanity office located at 1017 Hampshire Drive, Maryville. Please RSVP to Melissa Tyler by July 15 at (865) 233-9110,” said Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Kathy Jackson.

Visit the United Way of Blount County website for a complete list of courses offered: unitedwayblount.org/720financialliteracyday/.