Paving the Path for Economic Independence with the Help of a Local Credit Union

Wentzville, 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, partnered with Connections to Success in September to provide economic and training resources as part of 1st Financial’s Helping People 1st program.

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 Federal Credit Union was able to serve as a resource to Connections to Success by facilitating mock interviews for the participants. The Vice President of Human Resources, Hazelwood Branch Manager, Chief Lending Officer, and Community Development Manager walked through the interview process including how to dress and prepare for an interview, what questions to anticipate, and provided individual feedback to each of the participants during the mock interviews.

Connections to Success has been a recipient of 1st Financials Helping People 1st grant for the past three years. With the grant and funds provided by other fundraising efforts supported by both 1st Financial employees and members, 1st Financial was able to present a check for $759.25 to Connections to Success in September.

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Pat Johnson, Wentzville Branch Manager, stated “Over the years, our partnership with Connections to Success has grown tremendously. We are able to help people who could quite possibly be our friends or our neighbors become financially independent.”

Lynda Keeton, the Event Coordinator for Connections to Success stated, “We are honored to be the recipient of the Helping People 1st Grant and truly appreciate the ongoing partnership with 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.” Ms. Keeton continued to state, “Together we are impacting our communities and changing lives.”

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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.


Two Little Girls Use Birthday Party to Help Local Credit Union with School Supply Drive

Wentzville, MO –Two little girls with big hearts, Kenley and her friend Evelyn, recently saw 1st Financial Federal Credit Union gather school supplies for local and children decided to help.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), focused on serving the community with education, job training, and sustainable housing resources, partnered with KidSmart Tools for Learning in the month of August to raise awareness, volunteer, and host school supply drives throughout the St. Louis area. The credit union also offered a small grant of $505.00 and received generous donations of school supplies from members and employees.

There was one young member, in particular, and her friends, who decided to do something very unique to help KidSmart and 1st Financial Federal Credit Union with their efforts.

Kenley, a 5 year old member of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, capitalized on an upcoming birthday party, which she was sharing and hosting with her friend, Evelyn, by asking her guests to bring a donation of school supplies in lieu of gifts. Kenley’s friends brought everything from pencils to backpacks. When Kenley was asked why she wanted to host the school supply drive, she stated, “I wanted to help kids who didn’t have stuff for school. Kids need stuff to help them learn.”Two girls hosting school supply drive

KidSmart Tools for Learning opened in 2002 and is continuously growing every day. The mission of KidSmart, is to ensure that children and their classrooms in the Greater Metropolitan Saint Louis Area have the basic tools for learning by transferring, at no cost, the community’s surplus supplies and merchandise into the hands of teachers for school children in need.

Kacie Alexander, the mother of Kenley and the Executive Assistant at 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, stated, “As an employee, I am proud to be part of an organization that empowers and encourages us to make a difference in the communities we serve. As a member, I appreciate the opportunity to not only teach my daughter important financial skills through the CUbby Kids Club program, but also the importance of giving back and helping others.  For our family, being a part of 1st Financial is rewarding on so many levels.”

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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. Charles City-County Library Foundation and Local Credit Union Work Together to Promote Literacy

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 St. Charles City-County Library Foundation.

The St. Charles City-County Library Foundation, established in 1999, has a mission, “To ensure excellent library programs, services, and facilities for all people by developing and encouraging community investment and participation, today and tomorrow.”

1st Financial Federal Credit Union, through their Helping People 1st Grant program, awarded a small grant of $524.58 to St. Charles City-County Library Foundation.  The St. Charles Branch of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union also hosted a month long book drive and was able to collect over 100 books for the Foundation.

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Joe Krebs, Treasurer of the Friends of the Library annual Book Fair, and proud supporter of St. Charles City-County Library Foundation, stated, “Our focus is twofold; to raise funds to support the many programs of the St. Charles City-County Library District and to promote literacy in the local community by making books available at a reasonable cost.” Mr. Krebs continued his statement by saying, “We are able to do this through support of our many volunteers and local businesses such as 1st Financial Federal Credit Union. We sincerely appreciate both the time donated at the fair and their financial support.”

Chuck Holmes, Branch Manager of the St. Charles stated, “St. Charles City-County Library Foundation was a remarkable organization to work with. Our employees volunteered over 40 hours to help set up for their annual book fair.” Chuck Holmes continued to say, “I thoroughly enjoyed and loved being a part of this opportunity to help out the community and look forward to working with St. Charles City-County Library Foundation again the future.”

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 $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.Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset


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.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Supports Junior Achievement and Area Children in November

December 23rd, 2015-1st Financial Federal Credit Union served Junior Achievement in November as part of the Helping People 1st Grant program.

The Helping People 1st Grant was created by 1st Financial Federal Credit Union to support non-profit organizations that are focused on Housing, Financial Literacy, Job Training, or Education efforts in the St. Louis area. In November, the St. Charles Branch continued this program by serving Junior Achievement.

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis has been helping students discover the tools they need to succeed in their adult lives since 1943.

The St. Charles branch of 1st Financial spent November promoting Junior Achievement to the community. Additionally, on November 24th 1st Financial employees taught “J.A. Our Community”, Junior Achievement’s latest curriculum, to eight classrooms at Heritage Primary School in Wentzville, MO.  This program, which focuses on teaching students money management skills, jobs, the role of government in finance, and the importance of voting within the community helps develop math skills, increases vocabulary, and career awareness. On Wednesday, November 9th, St. Charles Branch Manager Chuck Holmes presented Tracie Roberson, Program Manager for Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis, with a check for $500.00.

“Junior Achievement depends on the support of local businesses in order to bring programs to more than 149,000 students throughout our service area,” said Lori Jacob, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis. “This partnership is exemplified by the support that we’ve received from 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.”

She continued, saying “By donating both time and money, and developing an ongoing relationship with students and teachers at Heritage Elementary school, they are helping us to teach even more students about the importance of work readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship.”

For more information on Junior Achievement, please visit www.juniorachievement.org.

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

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Pictured from Left to Right: Fornisha Morgan, Kacie Alexander, Joy Verner, Matthew Deane, Tracy Verner Miranda McDuffie, and Becca Cooper of1st Financial Federal Credit Union volunteering at Heritage Primary School on Wednesday November 25th.

About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like many credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. 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.  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 reasonable rates on loans and higher savings yields.

Today, with over 30,000 members and $204 million in assets, 1st Financial is able to serve anyone who lives, works (regularly does business in), worships or attends school in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County or St. Charles County. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government.

Not a credit union member?  Visit www.TheBetterWayToBank.org for more information.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Awards Community Grant to Help Veterans this Holiday Season

December 8th, 2015- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union’s Your Community 1st Grant program has selected Dave Woolley of H.E.R.O.E.S. CARE to receive a $500 grant which will be used to support military members, veterans, and their families.

In 2015, the 1st Financial Leadership team expanded their successful monthly giving program and created the Your Community 1st Grant.  This program focuses on supporting individuals who are working to create positive change within 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.

Recipients of the Your Community 1st Grant are chosen based on the severity of the need and the recipient’s willingness to work towards helping members of their community achieve personal or financial growth. (For example: Education, Housing, Financial Literacy, etc.) 1st Financial is excited to award the Your Community 1st Grant to Dave Woolley and H.E.R.O.E.S. CARE.

H.E.R.O.E.S. CARE provides support for military members, veterans, and their families before, during, and after deployment through specially trained caregivers in the communities where they live.  H.E.R.O.E.S. CARE, which stands for Homefront Enabling Relationships, Opportunities, and Empowerment through Support, consists of a network of tens of thousands of trained caregivers and thousands of professional mental health care and service providers working together to provide an unprecedented system of support for military members and their families.

In the application, Mr. Woolley spoke about using the grant to help fund a case management program to provide services to military families in need of financial counselling to help stabilize family situations.

“Every day we receive requests from families struggling with financial issues resulting from the effects of military service,” remarked Dave Wolley, Executive Vice President of H.E.R.O.E.S. CARE.  “Our thanks to 1st Financial family of associates who help make it possible to meet the needs of these families.”

On November 10th 2015, the 1st Financial Branch in Wentzville partnered with H.E.R.O.E.S. CARE to host multiple educational seminars focusing on helping Veterans, Active Duty, and Military Families.  Between sessions, Tracy Verner, Community Development Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union presented the $500 Grant to Dave Woolley, Executive Vice President of H.E.R.O.E.S. CARE.

For more information about the H.E.R.O.E.S. CARE, please visit http://heroescare.org/

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

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Pictured from Left to Right: Lynn Adams, Business Development Executive with Enterprise Car Sales; Tracy Verner, Community Development Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; Bryan Harms, Account Executive with Enterprise Car Sales; and Dave Woolley, Executive Vice President of H.E.R.O.E.S. CARE.

About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like many credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices.  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.  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 reasonable rates on loans and higher savings yields.

Today, with over 30,000 members and $204 million in assets, 1st Financial is able to serve anyone who lives, works (regularly does business in), worships or attends school in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County or St. Charles County.  Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government.

Not a credit union member?  Visit www.TheBetterWayToBank.org for more information.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Honored Nationally For Community Service Programs

October 29, 2015– 1st Financial Federal Credit Union wins 1st place in Missouri for the Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award and receives an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Responsibility Community Service Award, both of which recognize outstanding community development achievements in the credit union industry.

In September 2015, it was announced that 1st Financial Federal Credit Union was the recipient of two awards, given annually by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). These awards were given in response to the extraordinary dedication of 1st Financial to the St. Louis and St. Charles communities through the STL Youth Jobs program and the Helping People 1st Grant program.

“I am so very proud of everyone’s efforts towards helping us make such a significant impact with both initiatives,” said Carol Minges, CEO of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union. “This is a testament to all of the work the team is doing to serve our community. Helping people is what we do and our employees are making a huge difference to the members we serve and to the St. Louis area. We would not have received the awards without our employee’s continued commitment to making a difference.”

The Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award is given to a credit union for its practical application of credit union philosophy within the actual operation of the credit union. It is awarded for internal programs and services that benefit membership. 1st Financial was awarded a 1st Place recognition for the Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service award due to the results of the STL Youth Jobs program, which has given access to over 1,100 free checking accounts to local at risk youth.  This program has also provided hundreds of hours of financial literacy for working young people in St. Louis city.  To date, these youth have saved over $40,000.

Louise Herring was an active supporter, organizer, and champion of credit unions. She was the Ohio delegate to the 1934 national credit union conference in Estes Park, CO where she signed the original constitution for a national credit union association.  Louise believed that credit unions should work in a practical manner to better people’s lives.  She saw the credit union as more than just a financial institution.  In her own words, “the purpose of the credit union is to reform the financial system, so that everyone can have his place in the sun.”

The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award is given to a credit union or chapter/multiple credit union group for its external social responsibility projects within the community. 1st Financial was awarded an honorable mention for the Dora Maxell Social Responsibility Award due to the results of the Helping People 1st Grant program, which has provided over $20,000 and hundreds of paid volunteer hours to local nonprofits in our communities.

Dora Maxwell was an early credit union pioneer, and was one of the original signers of CUNA’s constitutions at Estes Park in Colorado. She worked as an organizer for the movement’s trade association and held numerous volunteer positions at the local and national level.  In addition to organizing hundreds of credit unions, she developed volunteer organizer clubs and worked with organizations on behalf of the poor.

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

About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like many credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. 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.  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 reasonable rates on loans and higher savings yields.

Today, with over 30,000 members and $204 million in assets, 1st Financial is able to serve anyone who lives, works (regularly does business in), worships or attends school in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County or St. Charles County. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government.

Not a credit union member?  Visit www.TheBetterWayToBank.org for more information.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Supports Housing Programs in St. Charles County with Habitat for Humanity

August 25th, 2015- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union served Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County in July 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 July, the St. Charles Branch continued this support by working with Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County.

To support Habitat for Humanity help fund low cost housing projects in the area, the St. Charles branch hosted multiple food days during July to promote Habitat while also collecting donations. Additionally, on Wednesday July 29th, a group of 1st Financial employees volunteered to work on a Habitat for Humanity build located in Wentzville. On Friday, August 7th, St. Charles Branch Manager Chuck Holmes presented a check totaling $818.66 to Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County.

“We are thankful for the partnership we have established with 1st Financial Federal Credit Union,” said Lauren Grotegeers, Resource Development Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County. “They are excellent and very hardworking volunteers on our construction sites and their donation will go to continue building simple, decent and affordable homes for our families in St. Charles County.”

Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County is a non-profit, independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Their employees are dedicated to building affordable housing for low income families. Habitat accomplishes this by constructing energy-efficient homes with the help of a volunteer workforce and supplementing their materials budget through donations and profits from their Re-Store.

For more information on Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County, please visit http://habitatstcharles.org/

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

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Pictured from Left to Right: Shelitta Hairlson, Contact Center Manager at 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; Chuck Holmes, St. Charles Branch Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; and Lauren Grotegeers, Resource Development Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County.

About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like many credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. 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. For more than 45 years, 1st Financial has provided members with a full line of dependable financial products and services which return profits to members in the form of reasonable rates on loans and higher savings yields.

Today, with over 30,000 members and $204 million in assets, 1st Financial is able to serve anyone who lives, works (regularly does business in), worships or attends school in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County or St. Charles County. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government.

Not a credit union member? Visit www.TheBetterWayToBank.org for more information.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Serves St. Louis Area Women and Children

July 28th, 2015- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union supports Redevelopment Opportunities for Women in June as a part of its Helping People 1st Grant Program.

1st Financial created the Helping People 1st Grant to support non-profit organizations who are focused on housing, financial literacy, job training, or education efforts in the St. Louis area. In June, the Downtown Branch on Washington Avenue continued this support by working with Redevelopment Opportunities for Women.

Redevelopment Opportunities for Women (ROW) is a St. Louis based non-profit that empowers low income women and their families to build economic security and hope for the future. Their employees are dedicated to creating a foundation where women are able to develop the necessary skills and abilities to begin to take control of their lives. On July 1, 2015, ROW officially merged with the Family Resource Center in order to serve a larger portion of the St. Louis area.

To support ROW and raise donations for their programs, the Downtown branch hosted a month long bake sale and held a barbecue grill raffle. On Thursday, July 23rd, Downtown Branch Manager Karen Neel presented a check totaling $1079.20 to Redevelopment Opportunities for Women.

“Redevelopment Opportunities for Women is grateful to 1st Financial Federal Credit Union’s Helping People 1st Grant,” said Angela Schultz, Program Director for Redevelopment Opportunities for Women. “The check for $1079.20, raised by the credit union’s members and staff will go a long way in helping us provide supportive, innovative services to women and their children in the St. Louis community. Thank you very sincerely for your support.”

For more information on Redevelopment Opportunities for Women, please visit http://www.row-stl.org/

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

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Pictured from Left to Right: John Heithaus, Chief Development Officer at the Family Resource Center; Kathy Riggs, Teller for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; Angela Schultz, Program Director for Redevelopment Opportunities for Women; Yolanda Fisher, Capacity Building Coordinator for Redevelopment Opportunities for Women; Sue Brush, Lead Teller for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; and Karen Neel, Downtown Branch Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.

About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like many credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. 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. For more than 45 years, 1st Financial has provided members with a full line of dependable financial products and services which return profits to members in the form of reasonable rates on loans and higher savings yields.

Today, with over 30,000 members and $204 million in assets, 1st Financial is able to serve anyone who lives, works (regularly does business in), worships or attends school in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County or St. Charles County. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government.

Not a credit union member? Visit www.TheBetterWayToBank.org for more information.

 


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Awards New Community Grant to Help Rebuild Homes in St. Louis

July 24, 2015- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union’s Your Community 1st Grant program has selected Vernon Mansfield and Blessings to Others to receive a $500 grant which will be used to support the creation of affordable housing for St. Louis area residents.

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 latest 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 Vernon Mansfield and Blessings to Others (BTO).

In his application, Mr. Mansfield spoke about using the grant to help provide a pipeline of rehabbed, quality, and affordable single family residences across the St. Louis region. By offering “Common Sense Rent” that is cost appropriate to each family and not based on generating profits while also providing ongoing life skills education and mentoring, Blessings to Others enhances the opportunity for real financial stability and strong family values which strengthen the St. Louis Community.

Funds from the grant will go directly to rehabilitation costs for a property at 5839 Ridge Avenue, St. Louis MO 63112. The staff at Blessings to Others estimates that a total of $7000 will be needed to complete repairs on the property.

“1st Financial’s philosophy of “people helping people”, their work in our community, and the help provided to people in need is sorely needed in today’s world,” said Mr. Mansfield. “BTO’s mission is to provide quality intermediate and affordable housing to individual families and strategic partners. We bridge the gap between transitional and permanent housing needs for individuals experiencing transformational change in their lives.”

He continued, saying “At BTO, we are so thankful and appreciative of 1st Financial’s community giving program. Their donation of $500 will enhance a community member’s ability to become financially stable.”

Branch Manager Tanya Forsythe presented the $500 Grant to Vernon Mansfield, Tim Grimmett, and Nancy Grimmett of Blessings to Others on Monday, July 20th 2015 at the 1st Financial Federal Credit Union Hazelwood Branch at 5916 N. Lindbergh.

For more information about Blessings to Others, please visit http://www.homebto.org/

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Pictured from Left to Right: Tanya Forsythe, Hazelwood Branch Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; Vernon Mansfield, Tim Grimmett, and Nancy Grimmett, of Blessings to Others.

About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like many credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. 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. 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 reasonable rates on loans and higher savings yields.

Today, with over 30,000 members and $204 million in assets, 1st Financial is able to serve anyone who lives, works (regularly does business in), worships or attends school in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County or St. Charles County. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government.

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