Helping People 1st Grant

1st Financial Employees posing together

We are grateful for the generous donation from 1st Financial as it directly supports our mission to empower adults and families to become independent and permanently housed.

BREE DEGRAW, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR OF GATEWAY 180

IMG_36271st Financial created the Helping People 1st monthly grant program with the purpose of making a positive impact on the communities we serve. To achieve this goal, each month one of our four branches receives a $500 grant that is awarded to a charitable organization that best serves their community to help us with our core purpose of “Helping people achieve their financial dreams”.

Our employees choose the nonprofit organizations that receive the grant and also facilitate additional fundraising activities, with all proceeds given to the nonprofit chosen for that month.  The only requirement for the grant recipient is that their work be focused on sustainable housing, job training, and financial literacy.

Additionally, our employees are also encouraged to volunteer with the nonprofits each month. Since the launch of Helping People 1st program, our employees have volunteered over 1,100 hours.

IMG_0472And every Friday, employees have the option to wear jeans and t-shirts featuring “You Help People” slogans to bring attention to the program and credit union membership as a tool for community investment.

Since the program began in 2014, 1st Financial has had the pleasure of giving more than $30,000 in grant money to local nonprofit organizations like Gateway 180, Connections to Success, Urban League, Little Bits Foundation, KidSmart Tools For Learning, Launch Code, St. Charles City County Library Foundation, Junior Achievement, Habitat For Humanity and Mission St. Louis.

We’d love for you to volunteer with us.

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