1st Financial Federal Credit Union Partners with Local Non-Profit to Enhance Job Training in St. Louis

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Pictured: Brad Lambert, Chief Operating Officer for Connections to Success, Pat Johnson, Branch Manager for 1st Financial, Gina Wright, Dealer Relations Coordinator for 1st Financial, Nicole Alsop, Quality Assurance Coordinator for 1st Financial, and Alesha Barber, Regional Boutique Coordinator at Connections to Success

November 7th, 2014- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union Continued its Helping People 1st Grant program in September by partnering with Connections to Success to support job training efforts in the St. Louis area.

Headquartered in St Charles, Connections to Success is a nonprofit agency working to break the cycle of poverty through hope, resources, and a plan.  Connections to Success, and its programs Sweet Success and Dress for Success, provide educational programs, job placement, and mentoring to men and women in the St. Louis area.

Throughout the month of September, the Wentzville branch of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union held a used professional clothing drive for Dress for Success, purchased lunches for staff from Sweet Success, sold baked goods created by Sweet Success, showcased the Dress for Success mobile Mystique Boutique at the Wentzville branch, and held an employee volunteer day on Wednesday, September 24th. 

Additionally, senior management and some of the Wentzville branch staff attended a mock interview session at Dress for Success Friday, September 19th.  The managers sat down with interviewees and provided them with sample questions and job hunting suggestions.  At the end of the session, the managers took part in the participants’ graduation ceremony from the program.

Credit unions were founded by groups of people who combined their resources and expertise to the benefit of the entire population.  The Helping People 1st Grant gives 1st Financial members and employees the opportunity to directly support the development of the St. Louis area.  Each month, one of the four branches work with a non-profit organization focused on serving the community through housing, financial literacy, job training, or education efforts.

The Wentzville branch employees promoted Connections to Success inside the lobby and spent a day volunteering on site during business hours.  At the end of September, Connections to Success received the $500 grant plus any additional funds the branch was able to raise.  On October 6th, Wentzville employees presented a check totaling $1601.25. 

“1st Financial was an awesome team to work with,” said Alesha Barber, Regional Boutique Coordinator at Connections to Success.  “Between the volunteering, the bake sale, the mentoring day, and their donations, 1st Financial employees went above and beyond for Connections to Success.  Thank you.”

For more information on Connections to Success, please visit www.connectionstosuccess.org

For more information on 1st Financial Federal Credit Union and the credit union difference, please visit www.TheBetterWayToBank.org or call (636) 916-8300.

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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.