1st Financial Federal Credit Union Partners with Local Non-Profit to Enhance Job Training in St. Louis

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Pictured: Brad Lambert, Chief Operating Officer for Connections to Success, Pat Johnson, Branch Manager for 1st Financial, Gina Wright, Dealer Relations Coordinator for 1st Financial, Nicole Alsop, Quality Assurance Coordinator for 1st Financial, and Alesha Barber, Regional Boutique Coordinator at Connections to Success

November 7th, 2014- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union Continued its Helping People 1st Grant program in September by partnering with Connections to Success to support job training efforts in the St. Louis area.

Headquartered in St Charles, Connections to Success is a nonprofit agency working to break the cycle of poverty through hope, resources, and a plan.  Connections to Success, and its programs Sweet Success and Dress for Success, provide educational programs, job placement, and mentoring to men and women in the St. Louis area.

Throughout the month of September, the Wentzville branch of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union held a used professional clothing drive for Dress for Success, purchased lunches for staff from Sweet Success, sold baked goods created by Sweet Success, showcased the Dress for Success mobile Mystique Boutique at the Wentzville branch, and held an employee volunteer day on Wednesday, September 24th. 

Additionally, senior management and some of the Wentzville branch staff attended a mock interview session at Dress for Success Friday, September 19th.  The managers sat down with interviewees and provided them with sample questions and job hunting suggestions.  At the end of the session, the managers took part in the participants’ graduation ceremony from the program.

Credit unions were founded by groups of people who combined their resources and expertise to the benefit of the entire population.  The Helping People 1st Grant gives 1st Financial members and employees the opportunity to directly support the development of the St. Louis area.  Each month, one of the four branches work with a non-profit organization focused on serving the community through housing, financial literacy, job training, or education efforts.

The Wentzville branch employees promoted Connections to Success inside the lobby and spent a day volunteering on site during business hours.  At the end of September, Connections to Success received the $500 grant plus any additional funds the branch was able to raise.  On October 6th, Wentzville employees presented a check totaling $1601.25. 

“1st Financial was an awesome team to work with,” said Alesha Barber, Regional Boutique Coordinator at Connections to Success.  “Between the volunteering, the bake sale, the mentoring day, and their donations, 1st Financial employees went above and beyond for Connections to Success.  Thank you.”

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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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 located in St. Charles, Hazelwood, downtown St. Louis, and Wentzville was recently awarded The Builders Award from Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union located in St. Charles, Hazelwood, downtown St. Louis, and Wentzville was recently awarded The Builders Award from Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County.

The Builders Award is presented for significant financial support, enabling Habitat to carry out its mission. This may be presented to an individual or group. 1st Financial was chosen as this year‟s recipient for continued support including financial contributions to Ashland Meadows, More Than Houses Campaign, Women Build support, and Celebration of Trees. In addition 1st Financial Federal Credit Union also provided financing for the purchase of land, enabling Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County to build homes at the Enclaves at Eisenhower Road.

Nina Pilger, CEO of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union recently said, “1st Financial is very honored to receive this award from the Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County. Habitat provides decent, affordable housing with an attitude of „a hand up – not a handout’, much the same as the credit union and their belief in‟ not-for-profit, not for charity, but for service’.” She also added, “1st Financial is happy to offer continual support in any way we can to Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County.”

Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County has built 38 homes in the last 12 years through the help from volunteers, community leaders, churches and businesses. They are also in the midst of launching an exciting, five-year, $6 million dollar initiative called “World of Hope, It Starts at Home” to build 60 affordable Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County homes over the next five years! Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County’s goal is to have built 90 homes in St. Charles County for hard working, low income families by the year 2014. To get involved today, call us at (636) 978-5712, and help to make someone‟s dream of homeownership, a reality.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Helps Build Dreams for Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County

July 16, 2009 – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union located in Wentzville, St. Charles, Hazelwood and downtown St. Louis held it’s second all women build day for Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County’s Divas Building Dreams home building project.

The credit union provided volunteer hours to the eight employees who donated their day to building a home for Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County (HFHSCC). To date, 1st Financial has donated more than 250 hours to Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County.

The all female employee build team consisted of administrative staff, a branch manager, a mortgage manager, a teller supervisor and a personal banker. HFHSCC recently purchased 14 fully developed lots off of Salt Lick Rd. in St. Peters, MO. The development has been named the Enclaves at Eisenhower. The development is a part of HFHSCC’s 5 year, 60 home, World of Home capital campaign.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union and HFHSCC are committed to finding a permanent solution to the affordable housing crisis in St. Charles County. Support of women in the local community is overwhelming and a Women’s Build is the perfect way to give back to a deserving family A Women’s Build will provide one more Habitat home in St. Charles County, while continuing the mission of HFHSCC. Each build also serves as an opportunity to spread Habitat’s message and educate the community about the benefits of homeownership.

While it was certainly hard work, I would do it again in a heartbeat! stated Traci Furlow, mortgage operations manager.

The Divas Building Dreams home building project is scheduled for a seventeen week build to complete one home in the Enclaves at Eisenhower in St. Peters, MO.

About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like all credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative, 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 us to provide products and services at very reasonable rates.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union server those who live, work, worship, attend school, or regularly conduct business in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County. 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.

About Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County

has built 38 homes in the last 12 years through the help from volunteers, community leaders, churches and businesses. Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County is in the midst of launching an exciting, five-year, $6 million dollar initiative called “World of Hope, It Starts at Home” to build 60 affordable Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County home over the next five years! Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County’s goal is to have built 90 homes in St. Charles County for hard working, low income families by the year 2012.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Teams up with Habitat for Humanity and Kurt Warner’s First Things First Foundation to Help a Family in Need

On Friday, April 11, Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles and Kurt and Brenda Warner of the First things First Foundation officially dedicated the first of nine homes at Ashland Meadows in Wentzville to Tara Rhodes and her family.

Rhodes, an employee of the St. Louis Urban League’s Headstart program, worked as an advocate for the needy in Mississippi. Katrina cost her her job and forced her to move to St. Louis. When the St. Charles Habitat for Humanity group selected Rhodes, she struggled to accept the offer of a low interest rate home. “I’ve always worked as an advocate worker helping others get a home, get a car and get on their feet,” Rhodes said. She contributed 300 hours of “sweat” equity in the construction of the three bedroom house. . Rhodes has never owned a home. Now she says it is a dream come true and she plans to pass on the blessings she has received. She and her son and daughter have been living in a cramped two bedroom apartment.

Rhodes was presented the keys to the home, which was fully furnished, compliments of Aaron Rents and the Kurt Warner’s First Things First Foundation provided the home with all linens, towels, washer/dryer, small appliances, and a cupboards stocked with food.

The foundation rewards single parents who have worked with an “affordable homeownership” program like Habitat for Humanity. “God has blessed us so much. That is really what this is all about,” said the former Rams quarterback. “It’s our chance to be able to share that blessing with other people …deserving families that are working hard to try to start a new beginning and try to take this next step with home ownership.”

1st Financial Federal Credit Union pledged $30,000 To Habitat for Humanity in St. Charles to help fund the Changing lives, Building Lives campaign. In addition to the monetary donation, 1st Financial employees and their family donated time to help build Rhodes’ house.

Habitat plans to begin construction on the remaining eight Ashland Meadows homes late this spring with a “Building Blitz”. To donate to the Changing Lives, Building Homes Campaign, contact Habitat for Humanity at (636) 978-5712, or go towww.habitatstcharles.org.