New St. Charles Branch Groundbreaking Scheduled for March 1

St. Charles, MO (February 13, 2017) – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union is breaking ground on a new credit union branch in St. Charles. Plans for the new branch include an innovative open concept lobby with teller pods in place of counters, a coffee bar for members and a more convenient location.newBranch_rendering

The professional team at La Macchia Group, LLC, a Milwaukee-based firm that specializes in financial institutions, created the design and will manage the construction. Local Union contractors will be used for construction.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at the new branch location at 1721 Zumbehl Rd. which is at the intersection of Zumbehl Road and Highway 94 in St. Charles. Construction is expected to take approximately 6 months to complete. During the construction phase, there will be no interruption of member service at the credit union’s current St. Charles branch location.

In making the announcement, 1st Financial CEO Carol Minges said, “We are excited about our move to the new location in St. Charles. This building shows our commitment to the St. Charles community. Unlike a large bank that is driven by profits for shareholders, 1st Financial is a member-owned cooperative that puts our members first. For the last 49 years we have been helping to build the communities that we serve in and we look forward to continuing to serve the St. Charles community at this new location.”

1st Financial, a $222 Million Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) credit union, operates four physical branches in Missouri in the communities of Wentzville, St. Charles, Hazelwood, and in the heart of the City of St. Louis.

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

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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 34,000 members and $222 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.


A New Initiative in North County Partners with 1st Financial

STL_North_County_ClassSt. Louis, MO – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union announces a 2017 partnership with STL Youth Job’s new youth initiative in North County. The program, funded by Emerson, equips youth ages 18-24 in the North County area with job readiness training, life skills training, and financial literacy.

“Through our remarkable partnership with 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, not only are we able to provide youth with a safe and youth-friendly banking product, but we are also able to give them the tools they need to stay financially empowered into adulthood,” said Hillary Frey, Executive Director at STL Youth Jobs.

Over the past two years, 1st Financial has supported the efforts of STL Youth Jobs which has employed 359 youth and worked with over 80 employers through the Ferguson Forward initiative in North County.  In 2015-2016 alone, 71% of youth participants were hired on by their employer, found new employment or were connected to other training programs.

“STL Youth Jobs provides young people with an opportunity to earn a paycheck and develop transferable workplace skills, including the skills to manage their own finances. The combination of these resources is the perfect formula for long-term success and a better prepared future workforce,” said Frey.

1st Financial will provide the participating youth with banking resources including savings accounts, checking accounts, and free debit cards. 1st Financial also equips the youth through financial empowerment courses.

“We are incredibly happy to support the youth involved in STL Youth Jobs: North County. This program brings much needed skills and opportunity to an under served community. We were invited to be a partner so the participants could truly be empowered through full financial capability,” said Tracy Verner, Community Development Manager at 1st Financial.

1st Financial partners with local nonprofit and government initiated organizations to serve the needs of greater St. Louis community.

“1st Financial members can be sure that when they invest their money into a checking account or auto loan, they get more than just a great banking product. They are investing in the future success of our community,” said Verner.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and the 2016 Community Credit Union of the Year by Credit Union National Association (CUNA). For more information about 1st Financial Federal Credit Union and the credit union difference, visit www.thebetterwaytobank.org.

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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 over $220 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. For more information, please visit www.thebetterwaytobank.org.


Local Students Save for College through College Kids

Comm_CollegeKidsSt. Louis, MO – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), partnered with St. Louis Office of Financial Empowerment and the City of St. Louis Treasurer, Tishaura Jones, for the 2017 kickoff event of College Kids, on January 25, 2017 at the Downtown 1st Financial branch.

“1st Financial has been a wonderful partner in our financial empowerment initiatives since shortly after I started in 2013. The ability to house the accounts at a credit union allows children and families to deposit additional funds at any branch that participates in the shared branch network, giving us a strong regional footprint. Additionally, the staff at 1st Financial stand ready to volunteer with us to make sure the program reaches as many as possible,” stated Jones.

College Kids, a program providing Children’s Savings Account for every single kindergartner in a public and charter school within the city of St. Louis, launched in the fall of 2015. These accounts were opened automatically with an initial $50 deposit from the City of St. Louis Treasurer’s Office to help families jump start their college savings. The College Kids savings accounts are held at 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.

This was the fourth College Savings Night, hosted by 1st Financial since the launch of the program in 2015. Each year, the number of kindergartners participating and attending College Savings Night grows, along with deposits made by the City of St. Louis and the students themselves.

During the event at the Downtown branch of 1st Financial, kindergartners and their parents were treated to pizza and the kindergartners were able to make a deposit into their account. 1st Financial also deposited a $20 scholarship into each child’s account who attended the even to help jump start their savings.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and the 2016 Community Credit Union of the Year by Credit Union National Association (CUNA). For more information about 1st Financial Federal Credit Union and the credit union difference, visit www.thebetterwaytobank.org.

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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 over $220 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. For more information, please visit www.thebetterwaytobank.org.


Connecting People to Success through Partnership

IMG_3659St. Charles, Missouri – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union served Connections to Success of St. Charles in January as a part of its Helping People 1st Grant Program.

1st Financial created the Helping People 1st Grant to assist non-profit organizations that are focused on housing, financial literacy, job training, or education efforts in the St. Louis area. In January, the Wentzville Branch continued this support by working with Connections to Success of St. Charles County.

“1st Financial continues to be a strong partner. We are so grateful for the ways they are positively impacting the local families we serve through volunteerism and financial investments, like this grant,” stated Mary Lambert, Chief Executive Officer Co-Founder, of Connections to Success.IMG_3627

Connections to Success, is a local organization which provides services and support to break the cycle of poverty. The organization serves people transitioning from poverty, incarceration, domestic violence, and other complex situations. The program’s main goal is to empower individuals through their transformation to economic independence by creating a program that meets the program participants where they currently are in life.

1st Financial presented a check to Connections to Success in the amount of $997.47 which was made up of a $500 grant plus additional funds from 1st Financial employees fundraising efforts.

“Connections to Success is a non-profit organization that I feel very strongly about. They strive to work to break the cycle of poverty. Their mission is gives people hope, resources, and a plan. Volunteering at this organization was inspirational and continues to be an inspiration because of their passion to help people in our own communities” stated Pat Johnson, Wentzville Branch Manager of 1st Financial.

1st Financial also had the privilege of volunteering 10% of their workforce at Connections to Success for a total of 80 volunteer hours.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union is known as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and the 2016 Community Credit Union of the Year by Credit Union National Association (CUNA). For more information about 1st Financial Federal Credit Union and the credit union difference, visit www.thebetterwaytobank.org.

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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 over $220 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 product s 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. For more information, please visit www.thebetterwaytobank.org.