The Little Bit Foundation and Local Credit Union Tackle Upcoming School Year Together

St. Louis, MO – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), focused on serving the community with education, job training, and sustainable housing resources, has partnered with The Little Bit Foundation to provide students with school uniforms, lunches, and hygiene products.

The Little Bit Foundation has been impacting the lives and education of local St. Louis youth since 2001 with a commitment, “to helping disadvantaged school children by creating a positive impact for personal growth, increasing self-esteem and encouraging a more focused and active learning environment.” June, marks the third year The Little Bit Foundation and 1st Financial Federal Credit Union have worked together to make a difference in the local community.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union presented a small grant of $653.50 to The Little Bit Foundation through the Helping People 1st Grant program. In the month of June, employees of 1st Financial were also able to volunteer over 30 hours at the Little Bit Foundation’s warehouse preparing bags full of goodies for the next school year.

In conjunction with the Helping People 1st Grant, the Downtown branch of 1st Financial, hosted bake sales every Friday and raffled off tickets to raise additional funds during the month of June. Jamila Robinson, a Financial Service Representative for 1st Financial, stated, “1st Financial Federal Credit Union is doing our part to support The Little Bit Foundation with their efforts to help school age children in the city of St. Louis. Throughout the month of June, we are committed to raising awareness about this great cause within our community and within our organization. By way of bake sales, donations, raffle entries, and volunteer opportunities we have successfully brought a little bit of everything to make a difference.”

Stacy Lupo, Communications Director of The Little Bit Foundation stated, “We are so grateful for the generous gifts of 1st Financial and its employees. Through the support of community-minded organizations, such as 1st Financial, The Little Bit Foundation is able to expand our reach and make a positive impact on the lives of children in the St. Louis region.”

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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.helpingPeople1st_littleBits_checkPres_1


Habitat for Humanity and Local Credit Union Build Foundation for a Local Family

St. Charles, MO – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), focused on serving the community with education, job training, and sustainable housing resources, has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to help build a home for a deserving family in the St. Charles County area.

Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County, a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, has been building homes in the St. Charles area for 18 years. The volunteer organization has been able to reach out and help, “Over 250 family members begin a new life as homeowners and members of [their] community, rooted in their neighborhoods.” 1st Financial is a proud partner of Habitat for Humanity as they pursue their mission and continue making an impact in the local community.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union awarded a small grant of $1,141.65 to Habitat for Humanity through the Helping People 1st grant program. The Wentzville branch of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, in the month of May, raised funds by raffling off gift baskets and hosting two bake sales. Employees of 1st Financial also had the opportunity to volunteer over 50 hours at the local Habitat for Humanity construction site.

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Lauren Grotegeers, Resource Development Coordinator at Habitat for Humanity, stated, “We appreciate the continued support from 1st Financial Federal Credit Union on our construction sites and in fundraising for our builds. We love to have sponsors be hands on with our mission.”

The employees of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union believe that a sustainable, solid household is one of the most important foundations in which a healthy financial future can be built on. Pat Johnson, Branch Manager of the Wentzville branch of 1st Financial, was quoted as saying, “Everyone should have a place to call home.” She continued to say, “Our volunteer day was very rewarding. We helped build not just build a house, but a home for a family in need. It is so worth it whenever we can break the cycle of poverty and build security for a family.”

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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.

 


St. Louis Credit Union and Beyond Housing Join Forces to Make an Impact in the Local Community

Hazelwood, MO – The Helping People 1st Grant program was created by 1st Financial to support local non-profit organizations whose missions focus on job training, financial literacy, housing, or education efforts in the metro St. Louis area. In April, the Hazelwood branch of 1st Financial made a record breaking grant contribution to Beyond Housing.

Beyond Housing, a non-profit organization based in St. Louis, MO is changing lives daily by making an impact in the local community. Beyond Housing, founded in 1975, prides itself on making impacts in the following areas, “Education, housing, health, employment readiness and access, and economic development.” Chris Krehmeyer, CEO of Beyond Housing, has grown this organization to help as many communities possible in the St. Louis area.

During the month of April, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union collected donations from members while employees volunteered their time in support of Beyond Housing and their mission for helping entire communities become a better place to live.  “Beyond Housing is a nationally-recognized community development organization that provides support with housing, education, health, personal finance and employment” said Andrea Hale, Volunteer and Events Specialist, at Beyond Housing. Andrea went on to say, “Because of Beyond Housing’s employment readiness and access initiatives, 1st Financial wanted to do something special to support the efforts.”

To support Beyond Housing, the 1st Financial Hazelwood branch raffled off Cardinals Tickets, had bake sales, and barbequed to raise money. On May 3rd, the Hazelwood branch manager, Tanya Forsythe, presented a check in the amount of $1,188.83 to Beyond Housing.

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.

 


College Scholarship Recipients Announced by Credit Union and Local Union Hall

St. Louis, MO – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), focused on serving the community with education, job training and sustainable housing resources, has announced their 2016 scholarship winners.

For 17 years 1st Financial has awarded two scholarships for students to be used at the college or university of their choice. The Horizon and Right Stuff scholarship is given to students with an exceptional academic history and evidence of a strong presence in their school and community. The applicants are also asked to write a short essay concerning how credit unions affect the communities they serve.

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Katie Kotlarczyk and Jasmine Lowery were selected to receive the $1,000 scholarship from 1st Financial this year as they continue on with their higher education degrees. Katie will be attending Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville to finish her degree in Biology and Jasmine will be attending Missouri Western State University where she will be working to receive her degree in Social Work.

Ms. Lowery was quoted in her essay as saying “I was able to open a savings account with no minimum balance constraints, and no employment with just one dollar. This was an excellent benefit for me to learn how to save at an early age.”

1st Financial Federal Credit Union is also excited to announce their participation in awarding a new scholarship in partnership with District 837 Machinist Union.  District 837 was the union from which 1st Financial was founded in 1968 and continues to serve their members today.  The Human Rights Committee along with District 837 and 1st Financial selected two recipients and contributed to their college education. 1st Financial Federal Credit Union presented a check in the amount of $1,500.

“We are so honored to be helping these exceptional students with the next step of their journey”, stated Carol Minges, CEO of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.  She went on to say “We believe education is maybe the most important first step in achieving financial sustainability.  We are dedicated to helping our members and their children find success in education from Kindergarten to college.  Our scholarship program is just one piece of that huge puzzle.”

 

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.