Citizens Savings Bank And Trust Company Partners With Operation Hope to Expand Financial Literacy Initiatives

NASHVILLE, Tenn., – March 9, 2023 – Citizens Savings Bank and Trust Company, the nation’s oldest continuously operating African-American-owned bank, and Operation HOPE, Inc., the nation’s largest nonprofit dedicated to financial empowerment in underserved communities, announce a new collaboration to launch a HOPE Inside financial literacy program, located inside the main bank branch at 2013 Jefferson Street in North Nashville.

Citizens Savings Bank and Trust Company serve individuals, families, and small business owners to begin successful financial journeys through a community banking approach to build financial resilience. The partnership with Operation HOPE expands this community-based effort to provide personalized one-on-one coaching and financial well-being programs to equip individuals with knowledge and tools to create a secure future. HOPE Inside programs and services are offered at no cost to individuals including credit and money management coaching, mortgage application assistance, financial disaster preparation and recovery, and youth financial literacy programs.

“The founders of Citizens Bank had a vision to create opportunities for African-Americans to build wealth and economic security,” says Corey Hammonds, COO, Citizens Savings Bank and Trust Company. “We continue to invest in opportunities to provide financial education tools for communities to build, grow and reinvest wealth. This strategic partnership with Operation HOPE expands our efforts to serve more individuals and entrepreneurs in the community to help them prosper.”

Ms. Tonesha Talley will serve as the HOPE Inside coach to lead this financial literacy initiative in the community. To sign up for financial coaching, contact Tonesha directly at 615-785-5897 or

“Citizens Savings Bank and Trust Company is an important financial institution to the nation and we’re honored to collaborate with them to bring our financial education programs to reach more consumers, small businesses, and employees,” says John Hope Bryant, Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman, and CEO.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony to launch HOPE Inside takes place on Thursday, March 23rd at 12:00 p.m. at Citizens Savings Bank and Trust Company’s main bank branch located at 2013 Jefferson Street in North Nashville. Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO, John Hope Bryant will deliver the keynote address. Attendees must register to attend on Eventbrite.

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