1st Financial Federal Credit Union Offers Support to at-risk Youth in St. Louis

December 17th, 2014- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union Continued its Helping People 1st Grant program in November by working with Youth in Need to continue crisis relief programs for youth in St. Charles, MO.

As part of the vision of “helping our members achieve their financial dreams”, 1st Financial created the Helping People 1st Grant to support organizations who are working to help members of the community achieve personal or financial success in the areas of housing, financial literacy, job training, or education. Because of their work with transitional housing and job readiness, the St. Charles branch chose to support Youth in Need in November.

Youth In Need is a nonprofit child and family services agency, headquartered in St. Charles, Mo. Youth In Need is dedicated to building positive futures for the community’s most vulnerable children, teens and families and has served the St. Louis area since 1974. Today, Youth in Need serves over 1600 children, teens, and families in six counties through educational, development, counseling, and residential treatment initiatives.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union employees volunteered at Youth in Need’s main office in St. Charles.  The employees spent the day accepting holiday gift donations, sorting toys, and distributing them out to various area locations.  The St. Charles branch of 1st Financial also accepted donations from employees and members while also promoting Youth in Need to members inside the lobby.

In addition to the fundraising efforts within the branch, 1st Financial added $500 to the overall contribution as a part of the Helping People 1st Grant.  On December 11th, 1st Financial employees presented a check totaling $610.50.

“We were very excited to help raise awareness and collect funds for such a remarkable organization, said Chuck Holmes, Branch Manager at the St. Charles location.  “I would like to thank everyone for their donations and all the volunteers that were able to come out and support this amazing organization.”

“We’re so grateful for this wonderful donation from 1st Financial Federal Credit Union and its members,” said Rob Muschany, Vice President of Development and Marketing, Youth In Need.  “Community support is essential to our daily mission of building on the strengths of the children and families we serve and helping them find safety, hope and success.”

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Pictured from left to right: Tracy Verner, Brand Ambassador for 1st Financial; Kaye McMullin of 1st Financial; Shelitta Hairlson of 1st Financial; Robert Mueschany, Vice President of Development and Marketing, Youth In Need; Chuck Holmes, Branch Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, Toni Gaskin of 1st Financial; and Carol Minges,  CEO of 1st Financial.

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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.

Not a credit union member? If you live, work, worship, attend school, or regularly conduct business in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County, Missouri, you can open an account today with 1st Financial Federal Credit Union. Visit www.TheBetterWayToBank.org for more information.