1st Financial Federal Credit Union Hires Financial Empowerment Specialist

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October 7, 20151st Financial Federal Credit Union, a community development not for profit banking institution in St. Louis, MO, has hired a dedicated Financial Empowerment Specialist to work one on one with newly employed youth.

Created as a joint venture with the St. Louis Agency on Training and Education (SLATE), 1st Financial Federal Credit Union has hired Ted Thornton as a full time educator and one on one counselor for thousands of youth, served through the ongoing Summer Youth Jobs program.

Over the last two years, 1st Financial has provided free financial education, checking accounts and debit cards to thousands of youth throughout St. Louis, working together closely to meet the needs of the underserved through various Summer Youth Jobs programs. Since 2014, in partnership with Ms. Tishaura Jones, the St. Louis City Treasurer, the credit union was able to assist with the delivery of financial literacy and products for programs that served youth learning construction trades, creating financial magazines and entering the workforce after recently being released from the prison system. As the program has grown, so has the need for a dedicated Financial Empowerment Specialist to provide more thorough and comprehensive financial literacy training.

While participants have opened 1199 accounts and saved over $40,516.06, there are many more area youth that have not been able to take advantage of these programs.

Michael Holmes, Executive Director of SLATE recently said, “Financial Literacy is an integral part of saving the lives of our young people. When we talk about job stability, pathways to prosperity, and supporting our youth into adulthood; financial literacy is vital!” Holmes went on to say, “Young people deserve an opportunity to open a checking and savings account. Young people deserve an opportunity to build good credit, create banking relationships, and prosper financially. I am happy to partner with an institution that understands the importance and able to provide products and services to meet the needs of this population.”

Ted Thornton, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, has seven years of teaching experience, most recently at Roosevelt High School as a TV and Radio teacher. Before he was hired at 1st Financial, Mr. Thornton worked as a Job Coach for the Urban League of Greater St. Louis.

Mentoring young adults at the Urban League helped Mr. Thornton develop a passion for serving the youth population of St. Louis. “Dealing with young people and speaking to them about financial empowerment is what drew me to this position,” said Mr. Thornton. “I know that young people don’t learn enough of this subject in their regular education and I feel that it is very important for their future success. The more we enlighten our children now, the easier it will be for them to create a better life for themselves.”

“Ted’s extensive background in Education and Community service makes him the perfect addition to our team,” said Tracy Verner, Community Development Manager at 1st Financial Federal Credit Union. “I have had the pleasure of watching Ted educate our Youth Build participants at MERS Goodwill as well as our youth at The Urban League through STL Youth Jobs. On both occasions he demonstrated the ability to successfully engage, educate, and build trust with the youth in our community.”

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 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/

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: 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.

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

 


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Serves Residents of St. Charles by Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County

June 18th, 2015- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union served Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County in May 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 May, the Wentzville Branch continued this support by working with Habitat for Humanity of 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 located in St. Peters.

Since 1996, Habitat volunteers have built 63 homes and helped over 250 family members begin a new life as homeowners and members of our community, rooted in their neighborhoods.

To support Habitat and raise donations for their programs, the Wentzville branch hosted a summer themed basket raffle throughout the month.  On Wednesday, May 13th, 1st Financial volunteered at a build site in St. Charles County and helped paint doors, aerated a backyard, and added trim to windows.  On Wednesday, June 3th Wentzville Branch Manager Pat Johnson presented a check totaling $719.19 to Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County.

“The volunteers from 1st Financial Federal Credit Union were terrific! From painting to helping in the yard, they were up for anything and were great at it,” said Lauren Grotegeers, Resource Development Coordinator at Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County.  “We are so thankful for their partnership and look forward to more builds together”.

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: Janie Richardson, teller for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; Kacie Alexander, Executive Assistant at 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; Pat Johnson, Wentzville Branch Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; Lauren Grotegeers, Resource Development Coordinator at Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County; and Michelle Woods, Homeowner Support Manager at 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 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 Partners with the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis to Serve Residents of North St. Louis County

May 19th, 2015- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union Continued its Helping People 1st Grant program  by volunteering with The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis in April.

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 serving the St. Louis community in the areas of housing, financial literacy, job training, or education. In April, the Hazelwood Branch sponsored the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.

The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis exists to empower individuals throughout the region using community programs in three St. Louis area counties.  The Urban League works to get its clients out of poverty by helping them discover economic opportunity while also providing educational programs and boost community empowerment.

The Urban League’s most recent initiative, the “Save Our Sons” Program, will train up to 500 men in North St. Louis County for the next two years.  This program, which is located in Ferguson, will focus on team building, financial literacy, and job coaching.

To support the Urban League and raise donations for their programs, the Hazelwood branch hosted a special lunch and basket raffle during April.  On Saturday, April 25th, 1st Financial employees had a paid volunteer day working with members of the Urban League at the City of St. Louis Treasurer’s Office 2nd Annual Financial Empowerment and Job Fair at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park campus.  On May 4th, 1st Financial employees presented a check totaling $744.26 to Michael P. McMillan, President and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.

“The Urban League is very grateful for the contributions and new partnership with 1st Financial Federal Credit Union on our Save Our Sons program in St. Louis County, said Michael P. McMillan, president and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.  “We look forward to making a difference in our community together.”

For more information on the Urban League of Greater St. Louis, please visit https://www.ulstl.com/

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: Tracy Verner, Brand Ambassador for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; Michael P. McMillan, President and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis; Shelitta Hairlson, Contact Center Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; and Nancy Lane, Lead Financial Service Representative for 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 Volunteers for Connections to Success in March

May 18th, 2015- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union Continued its Helping People 1st Grant program in March by partnering with Connections to Success to support job training efforts in the St. Louis area.

Connections to Success is a non-profit agency with offices in St. Charles, St. Louis, and Kansas City working to break the cycle of poverty through hope, resources, and a plan.  Connections to Success provides educational programs, job placement resources, and mentoring for men and women.

During March, the 1st Financial Federal Credit Union branch in St. Charles held a bake sale, collected used professional clothing, held two gift basket raffles, and hosted the Connections to Success mobile Mystique Boutique in the St. Charles Branch parking lot.

On Thursday, March 26th, 1st Financial employees volunteered their time by helping out with office work, sorting clothing donations onto racks, and wrapping bakery items at the Connections to Success offices at 3000 Little Hills Expressway in St. Charles.   On Friday, April 17th, St. Charles Branch Manager Chuck Holmes presented a check to Kathy Lambert, CEO at Connections to Success, for $821.16.

The Helping People 1st Grant program was created to make a positive impact on the St. Louis area.  As part of the credit union philosophy of “people helping people,” this program was created to support nonprofit organizations that work to encourage growth in Education, Housing, Financial Literacy, or Job Training within the community.

“1st Financial Federal Credit Union is a true partner that has invested their hearts and time into working hands on with our families,” said Kathy Lambert, Chief Executive Officer for Connections to Success. “We are truly honored to be selected as a grant recipient and will be using the funds to continue to build our financial education programming for families to begin saving for their children’s education.”

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

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

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Pictured from Right to Left: Shelitta Hairlson, Contact Center Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; Lynda Keeton, Event Coordinator for Connections to Success; Kathy Lambert, Chief Executive Officer for Connections to Success; Kathleen Grant, Volunteer and Mentor Coordinator; Marcy Bursac,  Senior Director of Resource Development; and Chuck Holmes, St. Charles Branch Manager for 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.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Awards New Community Grant to Help At-Risk Children in Ferguson

April 10, 2015- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union’s Your Community 1st Grant program has selected  J. Toni Burrow of Ferguson to receive a $500 grant which will be used to support  educational, multi-cultural, recreational, and artistically enriched activities for the youth population in the Ferguson area of North St. Louis County .

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 first 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 J. Toni Burrow, Executive Director of PAKT Community Center in Ferguson.

In her application, Mrs. Burrow spoke about using the grant to serve the most vulnerable families in the Ferguson-Florissant area and work to strengthen her community.  Mrs. Burrow plans use the grant to purchase 50 copies of the book Paintings by Carol Klein.

Paintings will be used as a component of the ImPAKT Summer Day Camp Leadership and Development Program run by Mrs. Burrow and PAKT Community Center at Walnut Grove Elementary for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders of the Ferguson-Florissant School District this summer.

“Thank you to 1st Financial Credit Union for helping us fill the needs of those who are in crisis,” said Mrs. Burrow.  “With your financial support, children’s lives are being transformed through their participation in our PAKT Youth ImPAKT Program this summer.”

Brand Ambassador Tracy Verner presented the $500 Grant to Mrs. Burrow and Mrs. Martha Panetti, an ImPAKT volunteer on Tuesday, April 7th 2015 inside Walnut Grove Elementary located at 1248 North Florissant Road.

PAKT Community Center, located at 500 Airport Road in Ferguson, Missouri is a non-profit organization dedicated to the enrichment of people’s lives by providing services to those in need.  PAKT provides emergency rent assistance, health screenings for the elderly, drug abuse prevention, and educational summer camp programs for children from the Ferguson-Florissant School District.

For more information about PAKT Community Center, please visit http://www.paktcenter.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 right to left: Tracy Verner, Brand Ambassador for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; J. Toni Burrow, Executive Director of PAKT Community Center; and Martha Panetti of Walnut Grove Elementary School.

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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 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 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.