1st Financial Federal Credit Union Helps St. Louis Children by Serving the Little Bit Foundation

March 30th, 2015- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union Continued its Helping People 1st Grant program in February by partnering with The Little Bit Foundation to support disadvantaged children in the St. Louis area.

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 growth in the areas of housing, financial literacy, job training, or education.

The Little Bit Foundation (Little Bit) was founded in 2001 and has grown into an organization serving 5,000 elementary and middle school students in 17 St. Louis area schools. Ninety to 100 percent of the students in Little Bit schools are at or near the poverty level.

Little Bit is committed 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. Little Bit volunteers do this by building strong relationships and partnering closely with St. Louis schools.

The Downtown branch promoted Little Bits in February by holding multiple baked sales and basket raffles.  On February 19th, 1st Financial employees spent a day volunteering on site unpacking and folding clothing donations.  On March 6th, Downtown branch employees presented a check totaling $1750.25.

“This February, the great team from 1st Financial was able to unpack an entire skid of uniform shirts in record time,” said Lucy England, Volunteer Manager for The Little Bit Foundation. “They worked together to ensure that over 1,000 uniform shirts were taken out of their packaging and put on the pick lines for the volunteers to use when filling orders.”

She continued, saying- “Because of their hard work, 500 children will have their uniform shirts ready to go for spring! We really appreciate everything 1st Financial has done for us and we cannot wait to continue to grow this relationship!”

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Pictured from Left to Right: Erin Lee, Development Manager for The Little Bit Foundation; Kathy Riggs, Teller for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; Karen Neel, Downtown Branch Manager for 1st Financial, Sue Brush, Teller for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; and Lucy England, Volunteer Manager for The Little Bit Foundation.

For more information on The Little Bit Foundation, please visit http://www.thelittlebitfoundation.org/index.html

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.

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1st Financial Federal Credit Union Creates New Community Grant to Benefit the St. Louis Area

March 17, 2015- The Your Community 1st Grant program will give 1st Financial Federal Credit Union additional opportunities to support the St. Louis area through non-profit giving.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union created the Helping People 1st Grant in 2014 to make a positive impact on the St. Louis community.  1st Financial uses this program to work with 501(c)3 non-profit organizations that actively help the St. Louis area by providing resources for housing, financial literacy, job training, or education.

While the Helping People 1st has been a success, there are still many other deserving causes that need support from the community.  As a part of their vision of “helping our members achieve their financial dreams”, 1st Financial has created a new community giving program to help out a greater percentage of the St. Louis area. The “Your Community 1st Grant” will create new opportunities for supporting areas of need while showcasing the work these non-profits do in the region.

One member each quarter will receive a $500 donation from the credit union, to be used towards a need or organization that is doing work to help members of their community achieve personal or financial growth. (For example: Education, housing, financial literacy, etc.).  The member will work together with 1st Financial to decide how the funds could best be used to maximize the effect.

“We work hard to find our nonprofit organizations that are strategically helping with jobs, education, housing, and financial literacy and form amazing relationships because we want to strengthen the community,” said Tracy Verner, Brand Ambassador for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.  “The Helping People 1st Grant has given us wonderful opportunities to work for amazing causes.  This new program helps us develop new partnerships with passionate individuals who fill a need in the community.”

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

(Featured in Photo: R to L- Nicole Alsop, Tracy Verner, Tanya Forsythe, Chantell Fisk, Dave Franke, Dan Goeke, Darcie Brand, Pa Johnson, Taylor Brookshire, and Gina Wright of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union)

Pictured from right to left: Nicole Alsop, Tracy Verner, Tanya Forsythe, Chantell Fisk, Dave Franke, Dan Goeke, Darcie Brand, Pat Johnson, Taylor Brookshire, and Gina Wright of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.

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.

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1st Financial Federal Credit Union Hosts St. Louis Saves Week Activities with the Treasurer of St. Louis

February 24th, 2015- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union is partnering with City of St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones for St. Louis Saves Week, a local part of America Saves Week which runs from February 23rd – 28th, 2015.

Treasurer Tishaura Jones has teamed up with the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Taskforce, the United Way, and the Urban League to spearhead the St. Louis Saves Bank and Credit Union Designation of Excellence Challenge, an initiative challenging local banks and credit unions to promote savings and wealth-building.

The St. Louis Saves Bank and Credit Union Designation of Excellence Challenge will take place during America Saves Week – February 23rd -28th.  St. Louis Saves was created by the Treasurer as a local partnership with the America Saves program, a campaign that seeks to motivate, encourage, and support low to moderate income households to save money, reduce debt, and build wealth.

Started in 2007, America Saves Week is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for individuals to assess their own saving status.  Typically thousands of organizations participate in the Week, reaching millions of people.  In the FDIC National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households from 2013, almost 1 in 13 American households were considered underbanked.

The Treasurer’s office has focused on promoting financial literacy within the underbanked population of St. Louis since Tishaura Jones took office.  1st Financial Federal Credit Union has been one of the biggest supporters of Treasurer Jones’ financial education policies since her election by providing new accounts for SLATE workers and working to establish the Children’s Savings Program for the youth of St. Louis city.

Throughout the Week, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union will share articles on social media that showcase the importance of establishing a savings plan.  Members are also encouraged to take part in the America Saves #Imsavingfor $500 photo contest as well as pledge to start saving through the St. Louis Saves website.  To assist members who may not have Internet access, the Washington Avenue branch will offer an opportunity to sign up for the savings pledge in person.

Additionally, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union will also hold a savings contest.  Members who pledge to save at the Washington Avenue branch and/or respond to the savings quiz through Facebook will be entered to win one of two $50 Visa Gift Cards.

“I encourage anyone who is interested to visit our St. Louis Saves website and take the pledge,” stated Treasurer Jones.  “There is a tremendous need in our community to help people get the resources they need to improve their financial well-being and having a job is key.”

If you are interested in taking the pledge, please visit www.stlouissaves.org.

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

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1st Financial Federal Credit Union Supports Connections to Success by Empowering the Unemployed in North St. Louis City

February 24, 2015- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union and the Renaissance St. Louis Marriott partner with Connections to Success St. Louis to teach interviewing skills and support job training in north St. Louis City. 

With offices in St. Charles, St. Louis, and Kansas City, Connections to Success is a nonprofit agency working to break the cycle of poverty through hope, resources, and a plan.  Connections to Success works in its affiliate cities to provide educational programs, job placement resources, and mentoring for men and women.

On February 3rd, 1st Financial volunteers including CEO Carol Minges, St. Charles Branch Manager Chuck Holmes, and Vice President of Marketing and Community Presence Laura Woods held mock interviews for current clients of the Connections to Success St. Louis facility on North Florissant.  Managers of the Renaissance St. Louis Marriott were also on hand to teach interview skills and find potential employee candidates.

The managers met with interviewees and provided them with sample questions and gave immediate feedback.  At the end of the exercise, the managers took part in a Q and A information session where they praised the students for their professional appearance and confident demeanors.

“Your presence was a tremendous asset and helped our participants become more comfortable with, and knowledgeable of, the interview process, said Chris Pate, Life Transformation Coach at Connections to Success.  “I proudly watched as the participants approached potential employers with confidence in their ability to make a great first impression.  Thanks, so much, for your willingness to lend a helping hand and for caring enough to help and facilitate the mock interviews.”

1st Financial Federal Credit Union, like all credit unions, was built on the foundation of “people helping people”.  Credit union leaders have encouraged 1st Financial employees to volunteer within their communities as a way of continuing this heritage.

“As a credit union our passion is helping our community by promoting financial stability,” said Tracy Verner, Brand Ambassador for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.  “Our partnership with Connections to Success exemplifies this perfectly.  Every time we work with this organization I am inspired by the dedication of the staff and the determination of the Graduates!”

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Pictured from left to right- Shelitta Hairlson, Contact Center Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, Laura Woods, Vice President of Marketing and Community Presence for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, Carol Minges, CEO for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, Chuck Holmes, St. Charles Branch Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, Heather Schotting, Senior Event Manager for the Renaissance St. Louis Marriott, and Dorcia Lemon, Director of Housekeeping for the Renaissance St. Louis Marriott.

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.

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 Partners with the St. Charles City-County Library Foundation in January to Promote Youth Literacy and Education

February 20, 2015- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union Continued its Helping People 1st Grant program in January by partnering with the St. Charles City-County Library Foundation.

The St. Charles City-County Library Foundation works to ensure excellent library programs, services, and facilities for all people by developing and encouraging community investment and participation.  The Foundation is committed to creating programs that take the services of talented librarians outside of a traditional library experience and into the community.  Through funding, outreach, and engagement the Foundation educates the county on services and programs offered by the district and brings people into their branches.

In January, the 1st Financial Federal Credit Union Wentzville Branch employees held a month-long book donations drive and hosted bake sales to raise funds for the Foundation.  Additionally, 1st Financial employees volunteered at the Foundation’s headquarters where they sorted over 2000 books by age group and created 130 Early Literacy Kits for area preschoolers.  At the end of the month, the Wentzville branch presented a check totaling $748.69 to the St. Charles City-County Library Foundation as part of the Helping People 1st Grant from 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.

The Helping People 1st Grant program gives 1st Financial Federal Credit Union employees the opportunity to highlight 501(c)3 non-profit organizations that actively work to help the St. Louis area by providing resources for housing, financial literacy, job training, or education.

The branch employees promote the non-profit throughout the month in the branches and on social media, hold fundraising events, and volunteer during business hours in support of the chosen non-profit.  At the end of the month, 1st Financial employees present a check containing the grant and funds raised over the course of the month to the chosen non-profit organization.

“We are so grateful to be a recipient of the Helping People 1st Grant.  Community collaboration and engagement is what we are all about at the Library Foundation.  We know the more we work together, the stronger St. Charles County will be.” said Karen Englert, Program Manager and Extension Services Specialist.

For more information on the St. Charles City-County Library Foundation, please visit http://stchlibraryfoundation.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- Pat Johnson, Wentzville Branch Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, Emily Howes, Financial Service Representative for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, and Karen Englert, Program Manager and Extension Services Specialist for the St. Charles City-County Library Foundation.

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 St. Louis Area At-Risk Families in December

January 23, 2014- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union Continued its Helping People 1st Grant program in December by partnering with the St. Louis Crisis Nursery.

The St. Louis Crisis Nursery is committed to the prevention of child abuse and neglect and provides emergency intervention, respite care and support to families in crisis.  With five area locations, the Crisis Nursery accomplishes this through short-term care for young children in a safe and nurturing environment, community outreach and awareness, advocacy for children and families, and by offering resources for empowerment, ongoing support and parental education.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union took part in the annual St. Louis Crisis Nursery Adopt-A-Family program this holiday season by collecting clothing and toys for a family in the St. Louis area.  Additionally, Hazelwood Branch Manager Tanya Forsythe toured the St. Louis Crisis Nursery North County facility. At the end of her visit, Mrs. Forsythe presented a check totaling $500.00 to the St. Louis Crisis Nursery as part of the Helping People 1st Grant from 1st Financial Federal Credit Union. 

The Helping People 1st Grant program gives 1st Financial Federal Credit Union employees the chance to highlight 501(c)3 non-profit organizations that actively work to help the St. Louis area by providing resources for housing, financial literacy, job training, or education.

The branch employees promote the non-profit throughout the month in the branches and on social media, hold fundraising events, and volunteer during business hours in support of the chosen non-profit.  At the end of the month, 1st Financial employees present a check containing the grant and funds raised over the course of the month to the chosen non-profit organization.

“This partnership is so helpful and appreciated,” said Bonnie Define, Community Relations Director for the St. Louis Crisis Nursery.  “With the number of admissions to the Nursery hovering just over 7,000 in 2014, we are incredibly grateful for our partnership with 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.”

She continued, saying-“Through their charitable giving program “Helping People 1st”, we are working together to ‘Save babies’ lives, keep kids safe, and strengthen families’ in our communities- one child at a time.”

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Pictured from left to right are Tanya Forsythe, Hazelwood Branch Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union and Denise Wiehardt, Program Coordinator for the St. Louis Crisis Nursery.

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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.

 


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Celebrates First Year of New Community Development Program

January 13, 2015– 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, located in Wentzville, St. Charles, Hazelwood, and downtown St. Louis, MO announce the results of the Helping People 1st Grant program in 2014.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union started the Helping People 1st Grant program to make a positive impact in the St. Louis area.  As part of 1st Financial’s vision of “helping our members achieve their financial dreams,” this program was created to support nonprofit organizations that provide community assistance with an emphasis in Education, Housing, Financial Literacy, or Job Training.

“The commitment our employees show to work for their communities touches my heart, said Carol Minges, Chief Executive Officer of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.  “We have a team of people that volunteer not because they have to serve.  They volunteer because they have a calling to serve.   Seeing their dedication to selflessly help others is another reminder for me about why it is so great to work for a credit union.”

Beginning in February, branch employees picked a new 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization to serve each month.  The employees were encouraged to schedule paid volunteer time during work hours and held fundraising activities to support the charity.  At the end of the month, the nonprofit received a $500 contribution from 1st Financial as well as any additional donations earned from fundraising within the branches.

“Our focus is always on strengthening our community, says Tracy Verner, Brand Ambassador for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.  “We purposefully sought out 501(c) 3 charities who demonstrated the ability to affect real change in each of the four communities we serve.  These personal collaborative experiences gave our employees insight and motivated them to do more- volunteering more, hold more fundraising events, and creating more awareness for these wonderful causes!”

She continued, stating that “Time and time again we made lasting connections with organizations whose core values are very close to our own and impacted the communities we serve! I look forward to working with many of these allies again in 2015 and the years to come!”

In 2014, 1st Financial employees worked over 462 hours of paid volunteer time scrubbing out storerooms, sorting canned goods, cleaning up gardens, and building part of a house.  Over the course of the year this program presented $15,624.65 to charitable organizations within the St. Louis area.  Those organizations included:

  • Gateway 180: Homelessness Reversed (Housing) (Education)
  • O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry (Job Training)
  • PAKT Community Center (Education)
  • Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County (Housing)
  • North Grand Neighborhood Services (Housing) (Education)
  • Willows Way (Housing) (Job Training)
  • KidSmart (Education) (Housing)
  • Connections to Success (Job Training) (Financial Literacy)
  • Youth In Need (Job Training)
  • Junior Achievement (Financial Literacy)
  • St. Louis Crisis Nursery (Education)

 

The Helping People 1st Grant program has had a long-term effect on the organizations that were served in 2014: “Some organizations talk about making a difference, but 1st Financial makes a difference,” said Toni Burrow, President of PAKT Community Center. “It is hard for me to put into words what I am feeling in my heart about what 1st Financial did for the PAKT organization this past year. The 1st Financial employees who served in the pantry were needed and much appreciated.”

She continued saying, “Over three hundred individuals were served because of 1st Financial’s efforts.  I am especially grateful for the collaborative partnership 1st Financial and PAKT has formed to help “Fill the Need” of those we serve who are in crisis in the Ferguson and the North St. Louis County communities.”

1st Financial Federal Credit Union will continue supporting the St. Louis area with the Helping People 1st Grant program in 2015, starting in January with the St. Charles City-County Library Foundation.

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: Jean Dalton, Chris Ross, and Tracy Verner of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union delivering bag lunches to Gateway 180-Homelessness Reversed.

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 Works with Junior Achievement to Teach Financial Literacy to Wentzville Students

December 19th, 2014- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union employees took part in Junior Achievement’s “J.A. Our Community” program to teach Financial Literacy at Heritage Primary school in Wentzville.

Promoting financial literacy within the community is one of the ways 1st Financial Federal Credit Union strives toward its vision of “helping people achieve their financial dreams.”  While financial seminars and informational brochures fill in the gaps of adult’s financial knowledge, encouraging financial education for youth enhances their chances to have a successful future.  In order to establish this foundation, 1st Financial is partnered with Junior Achievement in the month of November.

Since 1919, Junior Achievement is guided by core values which include a belief in the boundless potential of young people, a commitment to the principles of market-based economics and entrepreneurship, and a conviction in the educational and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning.

On November 25th, 1st Financial employees taught the “J.A. Our Community” 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.

“The time spent by 1st Financial employees in the classroom at Heritage Primary was greatly appreciated,” said Tracie Roberson, Program Manager for Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis. “By sharing their experiences, skills, and abilities through the JA Programs, students were able to connect what they were learning about in school to their future.”

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Pictured from left to right: Ashley Fetsch, Kacie Alexander, Katie LaCroix, Chantell Fisk, Tracy Verner, Joy Verner, Matthew Deane, Nicole Alsop, TarAnn Barrett, and Dan Goeke, of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.

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

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1st Financial Federal Credit Union Partners with a Local Non-Profit to Support Low Income Students in St. Louis

November 25th, 2014- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union Continued its Helping People 1st Grant program in October by partnering with The Little Bit Foundation to support education in the St. Louis area. 

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 growth in the areas of housing, financial literacy, job training, or education.  In October, the Downtown branch on Washington Avenue chose to sponsor The Little Bit Foundation.

The Little Bit Foundation (Little Bit) was founded in 2001 and has grown into an organization serving 5,000 elementary and middle school students in 17 St. Louis area schools. Ninety to 100 percent of the students in Little Bit schools are at or near the poverty level.

Little Bit is committed 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.  Little Bit volunteers do this by building strong relationships and partnering closely with St. Louis schools.

“The work they do is amazing,” said Karen Neel, Branch Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.  “We chose to work with The Little Bit Foundation because they work with schools to provide everything from personal hygiene items, to clothing and uniforms, to shoes, to coats, school supplies and recently a book fair where every child gets 2 books to take home.”

She continued, saying, “Another wonderful thing about their organization is that they stay at the schools instead of just dropping items off.  Each school has a “store” where the kids can get what they need or order it and Little Bits finds it for them.  They also work with affiliates that come out and do health screenings and eye exams on site, often letting the kids walk out with their prescription in the same visit.”

The 1st Financial Federal Credit Union Washington Avenue office employees promoted Little Bit to members inside the lobby, held a month long bake sale, and raffled off holiday themed baskets.  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 GrantOn November 10th, 1st Financial employees presented a check totaling $1,291.04. 

“This gift has come at an ideal time, as we prepare students for the cold months ahead, with warm new coats and winter wear,” said Rosemary Hanley, Executive Director of The Little Bit Foundation. “Only through the generous support of community leaders, such as 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, can we continue to fulfill our vision of breaking down barriers to a child’s education, and we are very grateful.”photo

Pictured: Karen Neel, Branch Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, Amy Lottes, Director of Development for the Little Bit Foundation, Lucy England, Volunteer Manager for The Little Bit Foundation, Rosemary Hanley, Executive Director for The Little Bit Foundation, Carol Triplett, Director of Distribution for The Little Bit Foundation, Lexie Purcell, Programs/Operations Vista for The Little Bit Foundation, Cleo Fisher, Development Vista for The Little Bit Foundation, and Carmen Shropshire, Volunteer Vista for The Little Bit Foundation.

For more information on The Little Bit Foundation, please visit www.thelittlebitfoundation.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.

 


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Partners with Local High School for Financial Reality Fair

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Laura Woods
636-916-8303
lwoods@1stfinancialfcu.org

Wentzville, MO – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union was honored to partner with the Missouri Council on Economic Education (MCEE) and Holt High School in Wentzville, MO in November for their financial reality fair titled “Mad City Money”.

mad-city-money_200px As part of an initiative to increase financial literacy among youth in the state of Missouri, the MCEE offers a program called Mad City Money, in which students are each given a different life scenario. They have to create budgets based on the specific circumstances they are given and try to plan a life for themselves without going over budget.

One significant aspect of Mad City Money is the involvement of local businesses, such as 1st Financial, who “sell” students imaginary material goods and services, such as cars and furniture, and help them think through the consequences of their purchases.

Mad City Money gives students a chance to connect what they are learning in the classroom to what they will be facing once they get into the real world.

Michael English, President & CEO, Missouri Council on Economic Education recently said, “Over two days, MCEE and 1st Financial Federal Credit Union provided personal finance hands-on learning for 150 high school students. At the end of the day, the high school students had acquired a realistic sense of the expenses and responsibilities of an adult.” He went on to say “Students at Holt High School were incredibly engaged in the Mad City Money simulation, thanks in large part to the enthusiastic volunteers from 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.”

1st Financial Federal Credit Union exists with a vision of helping people achieve their financial dreams and believes financial education is the foundation of making that vision a reality for the communities they serve. By supporting organizations like MCEE and Holt High School, resources become available to young consumers on a level they can understand before entering adulthood, creating a higher likelihood for success.

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.