1st Financial Federal Credit Union Awards New Community Grant to Help At-Risk Children in Ferguson

April 10, 2015- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union’s Your Community 1st Grant program has selected  J. Toni Burrow of Ferguson to receive a $500 grant which will be used to support  educational, multi-cultural, recreational, and artistically enriched activities for the youth population in the Ferguson area of North St. Louis County .

Because of the Helping People 1st Grant program, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union was able to help a large number of non-profits serve the St. Louis area in 2014, but many smaller scale operations still exist.  In 2015, the 1st Financial Leadership team decided to expand their giving program and created the Your Community 1st Grant which focuses on individuals who are working for their community.  Quarterly, 1st Financial will present a $500 donation to be used for an existing community need or certified 501(c)3 charitable organization or not for profit agency.

The first recipient of the Your Community 1st Grant was chosen based on the severity of the need and willingness to work towards helping members of their community achieve personal or financial growth. (For example: Education, housing, financial literacy, etc.)  1st Financial was excited to award the Your Community 1st Grant to J. Toni Burrow, Executive Director of PAKT Community Center in Ferguson.

In her application, Mrs. Burrow spoke about using the grant to serve the most vulnerable families in the Ferguson-Florissant area and work to strengthen her community.  Mrs. Burrow plans use the grant to purchase 50 copies of the book Paintings by Carol Klein.

Paintings will be used as a component of the ImPAKT Summer Day Camp Leadership and Development Program run by Mrs. Burrow and PAKT Community Center at Walnut Grove Elementary for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders of the Ferguson-Florissant School District this summer.

“Thank you to 1st Financial Credit Union for helping us fill the needs of those who are in crisis,” said Mrs. Burrow.  “With your financial support, children’s lives are being transformed through their participation in our PAKT Youth ImPAKT Program this summer.”

Brand Ambassador Tracy Verner presented the $500 Grant to Mrs. Burrow and Mrs. Martha Panetti, an ImPAKT volunteer on Tuesday, April 7th 2015 inside Walnut Grove Elementary located at 1248 North Florissant Road.

PAKT Community Center, located at 500 Airport Road in Ferguson, Missouri is a non-profit organization dedicated to the enrichment of people’s lives by providing services to those in need.  PAKT provides emergency rent assistance, health screenings for the elderly, drug abuse prevention, and educational summer camp programs for children from the Ferguson-Florissant School District.

For more information about PAKT Community Center, please visit http://www.paktcenter.org/

For more information about 1st Financial Federal Credit Union and the credit union difference, please visit www.1stfinancialfcu.org

April 2015

Pictured from right to left: Tracy Verner, Brand Ambassador for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; J. Toni Burrow, Executive Director of PAKT Community Center; and Martha Panetti of Walnut Grove Elementary School.

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About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like all credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, financial cooperative. 1st Financial Federal Credit Union was chartered on September 3, 1968 as District 837 Credit Union by the International Association of Machinist members employed by McDonnell Douglas. Today, with over 30,000 members and nearly $200 million in assets, 1st Financial is a St. Louis metro area financial institution dedicated to helping members achieve their financial dreams. For over 45 years 1st Financial has provided members with a full line of dependable financial products and services which returns profits to the members in the form of lower rates on loans and higher savings yields. The cooperative nature of credit unions enables 1st Financial to provide products and services at very reasonable rates.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union serves those who live, work, worship, attend school, or regularly conduct business in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County, Missouri and a wide array of companies throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial organization committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government.

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