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Paying our Employees to Give back to the Community Through Volunteering

by Advance Financial | May 24th, 2016

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Think of the word community. What comes to mind? Is it your church group, the neighbors on your street, or the members of the PTO? A community can be described as a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. We at Advance Financial are part of our customers’ communities; therefore we also share many common goals and interests with those that use our service, which is shown through our charity and volunteer work.

Because giving back to the communities we serve is so important to us, we allot 40 paid volunteer hours a year to each of our employees. Whether it be one of our many scheduled volunteer events, or a specific organization that is important to an employee, we make sure the opportunity to make a difference and give back to our neighborhoods is always available.

278 Volunteer Hours for April

April was a big month for our volunteer efforts, with 278 logged hours. Below are some of the charity events that our team participated in. Great job to everyone who volunteered!

Junior Achievement

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Our Knoxville volunteers taught some kids at Anderson County about financial literacy. We were happy to partner with Junior Achievement for the day to educate the students from a real world perspective.

 

McMinnville Kids Funfest & Safety Day

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Volunteers from our Gallatin store helped out for the McMinnville Kids Funfest & Safety Day by passing out first-aid kits to the kids.

 

JDRF One Walk

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One Saturday afternoon our Chattanooga team banned together to volunteer for the JDRF One Walk fundraiser. JDRF One Walk is the largest type 1 diabetes fundraiser event in the world. The team helped register runners and pass out shirts.

 

Clean and Green

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Some of our AF ladies joined the Clean and Green organization to pick up trash around the downtown area of Nashville in an effort to keep the city of Nashville beautiful.

If you feel strongly about our volunteering efforts and think you would be a good fit for the environment we try to create at Advance Financial, click here to find out how to join our team.

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Why using a NetSpend Pre-paid Card Might be the Most Secure Way to Shop Online

by Advance Financial | May 12th, 2016

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Online shopping is becoming the norm for most of us. Let’s face it, the convenience and ease of shopping while sitting on the couch can be a lot more appealing than fighting crowds and finding a parking spot at a jam-packed mall. But just like most things in life, there is always a catch. In the case of online shopping, it’s having your bank account swiped clean from online hackers. There are some third-party payment services like PayPal that allow for a more secure transaction, but not every online store has this option, and even if they do, services like PayPal are still susceptible to being hacked.

Safe and Secure

So what’s an easy solution to combat online hackers? An Advance Financial NetSpend card! The card is used just like a debit card, but it’s pre-paid so you can choose the amount you want on the card and don’t have to worry about your whole bank account being exposed online. Say you’re buying a new digital camera on Amazon for $134. Simply load that amount or a little more on the card and use it when purchasing the camera. Your bank account is safe because you used a NetSpend card and not your debit card, which is connected to your bank account. Many users take advantage of a NetSpend card for also paying bills, connecting automatic payment to there NetSpend account instead of their bank account. This is just an extra way to protect yourself from being overcharged on a service or utility bill.

 Even More Benefits

Not only does the card help keep your bank account private, it’s also a great tool to help with budgeting your finances. With a pre-paid card you can ensure you only spend an allocated amount on certain items or services like lunch for the week or clothes when shopping. And just like reward points for credit cards, The Advance Financial NetSpend card gives you cash rewards on many everyday purchases.

So if you’re an avid online shopper or just an occasional one, making sure your payments go through securely without having your account information stolen is easy when using an Advance Financial NetSpend card. Come into one of our 70+ stores open 24/7 and get your card today.

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