St. Louis Credit Union Celebrates Milestone for Million Dollar Giveback

Wentzville (July 23, 2019) –  1st Financial Federal Credit Union has announced a milestone of being halfway to reaching their goal to make and save $1 million for their 35,000 members throughout St. Louis and St. Charles County in 2019.  The 2019 “Million Dollar Challenge” began in January of this year and aims to put as much money as possible in the hands of the people who bank at 1st Financial.

Since the inception of the challenge, 1st Financial has given away more than $38K in checking account interest, $12K in savings interest, $3K in ATM fee refunds, $2K in debit card cashback and $18K in other reward checking refunds and interest.  Additionally, they have refinanced more than 309 loans from other lenders, with an average savings of $1,300 in interest payments per loan, for a reduction in loan interest payments of more than $400K for their members.

“The challenge is simple really. We want to save and make our members money and the Million Dollar Challenge is a fun way to do it. I’m excited to announce that as of July 1, our members have earned $565,128!” said Carol Minges, 1st Financial CEO.

Members of 1st Financial can make up to $600 per year in free reward checking bonuses and earn up to 16 times the national average in savings interest, as well as huge reductions in loan interest on auto loans with refinancing.  To learn more about becoming a 1st Financial member and the Million Dollar Challenge visit www.TheBetterWayToBank.org.

Each of the 1st Financial branches in St. Louis, Hazelwood, St. Charles and Wentzville will be celebrating this milestone over the coming weeks with free refreshments and giveaways. Come celebrate on Friday, August 16th with their halfway to a million milestone.

About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

 

Established in 1968, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union is full-service financial cooperative whose mission is to improve the financial well-being of its members. Membership is available to anyone who lives, works, or worships within St. Charles County, St. Louis County, or the City of St. Louis.  For more information about 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, visit www.thebetterwaytobank.org.

 

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1st Financial Federal Credit Union Hosted Free Shred Day Event

Wentzville (April 25, 2018) – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union hosted a free Shred Day community event on Saturday, April 21 at their Wentzville and Hazelwood branches.

1st Financial teamed up with the local The Shred Truck Company to provide 1st Financial members and the community with the opportunity to shred personal documents. More than 150 people brought items to be shredded; totaling over 10,000 pounds of documents.

“We’re happy to provide security services like this for our members and the community.  In an age when protecting your personal information is both a challenge and a requirement, we’re glad to be part of the solution,” said Laura Woods, Vice President of Marketing & Community Presence at 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.

1st Financial is dedicated to the financial well-being of their membership including educating the community about the importance of identity theft protection. For more information about 1st Financial visit, www.thebetterwaytobank.org.

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About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Established in 1968, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union is full-service financial cooperative whose mission is to improve the financial well-being of its members. With assets exceeding $250 million, 1st Financial serves more than 34,000 members.  For more information about 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, visit www.thebetterwaytobank.org.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union to Host Free Shred Day Event

1st Financial Federal Credit Union Free Shred Day 2018

Wentzville (March 22, 2018) – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union is hosting a free Shred Day community event on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to Noon at two local branches.

1st Financial Shred Day locations include:

  • Hazelwood Branch – 5916 North Lindbergh Hazelwood, MO 63042
  • Wentzville Branch – 1232 Wentzville Pkwy Wentzville, MO 63385

The Shred Truck company has been contracted to shred the documents on onsite. Shred Truck is a certified document shredding company that provides mobile on-site document shredding services throughout the greater St. Louis metropolitan area.

This community-wide event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact 636-916-8300 or visit www.thebetterwaytobank.org.

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About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Established in 1968, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union is full-service financial cooperative whose mission is to improve the financial well-being of its members. With assets exceeding $250 million, 1st Financial serves more than 34,000 members.  For more information about 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, visit www.thebetterwaytobank.org.


First Credit Union in MO to Partner with Carvana

1st Financial Logo Blue

 

ST. LOUIS (March 15, 2018) — Carvana, a leading e-commerce platform for buying used cars, and 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, a Missouri-based credit union with over $220 million in assets, today announced a partnership to provide 1st Financial members with a simple, affordable, and convenient car buying solution. 1st Financial is the first credit union in Missouri to partner with Carvana.

The partnership will offer 1st Financial’s more than 34,000 members access to Carvana’s expansive inventory of company-owned, high quality used vehicles, combined with the credit union’s low-rate financing. Members can now easily apply their 1st Financial approvals to Carvana vehicles and enjoy the benefits of a completely seamless online buying process that allows members to have their cars delivered as soon as the next day.

“Our partnership with Carvana is just another example of our commitment to giving members the best products and services to meet their needs. In today’s market, we understand that time is our biggest commodity and what better way to save time then buying your car online? We can’t wait to help our members take advantage of it.” said Michelle Rosner, Chief Lending Officer at 1st Financial.

All 10,000+ vehicles on Carvana.com are Carvana Certified and have passed a rigorous 150-point inspection with all features, imperfections and updated information about open safety recalls listed on the car’s vehicle description page. Financial members also have access to Carvana’s 100-day/4,189-mile limited warranty, as well as its 7-day money back guarantee, which enables customers to return their vehicle and receive a full refund. Auto buyers also receive a free CarFax from Carvana.

For more information on purchasing a car through Carvana, 1st Financial members can visit: https://www.carvana.com/1stfinancial.

For more information about 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, visit www.thebetterwaytobank.org.

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About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union
Established in 1968, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union is full-service financial cooperative whose mission is to improve the financial well-being of its members. With assets exceeding $250 million, 1st Financial serves more than 34,000 members. For more information about 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, visit www.thebetterwaytobank.org.

About Carvana
Founded in 2012 and based in Phoenix, Carvana’s (NYSE: CVNA) mission is to change the way people buy cars. By removing the traditional dealership infrastructure and replacing it with technology and exceptional customer service, Carvana offers consumers an intuitive and convenient online automotive retail platform. Carvana.com enables consumers to quickly and easily buy a car online, including finding their preferred vehicle, qualifying for financing, getting a trade-in value, signing contracts, and receiving delivery or pickup of the vehicle from one of Carvana’s proprietary automated Car Vending Machines. For further information on Carvana, visit www.carvana.com.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Celebrates Ribbon Cutting in St. Charles

Posed Ribbon Cutting Pictures with all in attendance in front of new St. Charles branch.

Pictured above cutting the ribbon (in the middle, from left to right) are: St. Charles Mayor, Sally Faith; 1st Financial CEO, Carol Minges; St. Charles Branch Manager, Chuck Holmes; and 1st Financial Chairman of the Board, Jim Combs. They are surrounded by: 1st Financial Board Members, Paul Sikorski, Victoria Reed, Bo Setzekorn, and Gina Hakenewerth; as well as many 1st Financial staff members and friends.

St. Charles, MO (October 23, 2017) – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of their new branch located at 1721 Zumbehl Road in St. Charles.

The new full-service branch has been assisting members with their daily banking transactions as well as loans, investment services, and commercial accounts. There is also a 24-hour ATM, convenient drive-thru service and a night depository at the branch.

1st Financial has four locations in the St. Louis area, but is also connected to a nationwide network of credit unions, extending our members access to 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs and 5,000 Shared Branch locations.

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

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Pictured below raising the American flag: 1st Financial observed the completion of the new Zumbehl Road branch with a flag-raising ceremony at the ribbon cutting event. Members of the American Legion Guard of Honor Post 313 joined the 1st Financial staff as they raised the flag.

Members of the American Legion Guard raise the flag.
Members of the American Legion Guard of Honor Post 313 joined the 1st Financial staff as they raised the flag.

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 members4 and over $220 million in assets, 1st Financial is a St. Louis metro area financial institution dedicated to helping members achieve their financial dreams. For over 45 years 1st Financial has provided members with a full line of dependable financial products and services which returns profits to the members in the form of lower rates on loans and higher savings yields. The cooperative nature of credit unions enables 1st Financial to provide products and services at very reasonable rates.

 

1st Financial Federal Credit Union serves those who live, work, worship, attend school, or regularly conduct business in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County, Missouri and a wide array of companies throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial organization committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit TheBetterWayToBank.org.


Date Set for 1st Financial’s St. Charles Branch Relocation

1st Financial St. Charles Branch Rendering

 

UPDATE: Due to construction delays, the St. Charles branch move has been delayed to the end of September with an official new branch open date of Monday, October 2. The new branch Ribbon Cutting Ceremony has been moved to Wednesday, October 4 at 10 am.

St. Charles, Mo. (August 17, 2017) – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, a 30,000 member certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), will relocate its St. Charles branch to 1721 Zumbehl Road on Sept. 18.

The St. Charles branch, currently located at 1550 Country Club Plaza, is scheduled to move after the close of the business day on Sept. 16. All services will immediately shift to the new location at 1721 Zumbehl Road and be open for business on Sept. 18.

The new branch design was inspired by the 1st Financial member base and their heritage in the St. Charles community. The design is focused on highlighting the enhanced member service which features teller pods, for an improved retail experience, and a new member lounge that includes a coffee-refreshment bar. A welcome reception greets members as they enter the space, adding a personal experience the moment a member steps through the doors.

The drive-thru, located behind the teller pods, is designed to alleviate noise and provide greater operational efficiency. Several offices with glass sliding doors will allow for more natural light to enter the main lobby, while providing the necessary acoustic privacy needed in a financial institution.

The community is invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 27 at 10 am.

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

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About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like all credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, financial cooperative. 1st Financial Federal Credit Union was chartered on September 3, 1968 as District 837 Credit Union by the International Association of Machinist members employed by McDonnell Douglas. Today, with over 30,000 members and over $220 million in assets, 1st Financial is a St. Louis metro area financial institution dedicated to helping members achieve their financial dreams. For over 45 years 1st Financial has provided members with a full line of dependable financial products and services which returns profits to the members in the form of lower rates on loans and higher savings yields. The cooperative nature of credit unions enables 1st Financial to provide products and services at very reasonable rates.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union serves those who live, work, worship, attend school, or regularly conduct business in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County, Missouri and a wide array of companies throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial organization committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit www.thebetterwaytobank.org.


Helping People 1st Grant Strengthens Community

1st Financial Employees presenting $902 check to Beyond HousingHazelwood, MO (May 26, 2017) – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union recently awarded a “Helping People 1st” grant to local non-profit, Beyond Housing.

Beyond Housing is a non-profit based out of St. Louis with a mission to make a local impact on education, housing, health, employment readiness, and economic development.

Each month, a 1st Financial branch awards a $500 “Helping People 1st” grant to a non-profit organization that focuses on housing, financial literacy, or job training.

1st Financial recently presented Beyond Housing with a check in the amount of $902 which included the Helping People 1st grant plus funds that were raised through additional fundraising.

1st Financial’s Hazelwood branch, led by Branch Manager, Tanya Forsythe, spearheaded the fundraising and community awareness efforts for Beyond Housing.

Beyond Housing’s Chief Development Office, Jackie Hamilton, said, “Beyond Housing truly appreciates the support of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union. Their donation helps strengthen our commitment to the community in the areas of housing, education, and employment readiness and access!”

1st Financial, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), has a comprehensive community outreach program that focuses on housing, financial literacy, and job training.

For more information about Beyond Housing, please visit http://www.beyondhousing.org.

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

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About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union                    

Like all credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, financial cooperative that was chartered in 1968. With over 30,000 members and over $220 million in assets, 1st Financial is a St. Louis metro area financial institution dedicated to helping members achieve their financial dreams. 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. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit www.thebetterwaytobank.org.


1st Financial Launches Cutting-Edge Mobile Banking App

Wentzville , MO (May 3, 2017) –  In response to data showing a major increase in mobile banking by its membership, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union announces the launch of a new mobile banking app for smart phones.

The app, available for iPhone, Android and iPad platforms, provides a highly secure portal with a broad range of features. Optimized for a seamless, intuitive experience, the app allows users to check account balances, view transactions, deposit checks, transfer funds to external accounts, pay bills and more. All from the palm of their hand with fingerprint login available for compatible iPhone and iPad users.

Most of all, the new app also allows users to aggregate all of their financial accounts, including accounts from other financial institutions, into one single app.

“Our statistics indicated that more and more of our members are accessing our convenient mobile banking platform each month,” said Laura Woods, Vice President with 1st Financial.  “So, we knew that it was essential to stay ahead of the curve in adding cutting-edge technology, like our new app. Our first priority is to serve our members. We want their banking experience to be easy, enjoyable and convenient.”

1st Financial Federal Credit Union is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and was awarded the 2016 Community Credit Union of the Year by Credit Union National Association (CUNA).

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

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About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like all credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, financial cooperative. 1st Financial Federal Credit Union was chartered on September 3, 1968 as District 837 Credit Union by the International Association of Machinist members employed by McDonnell Douglas. Today, with over 30,000 members and over $220 million in assets, 1st Financial is a St. Louis metro area financial institution dedicated to helping members achieve their financial dreams. For over 45 years 1st Financial has provided members with a full line of dependable financial products and services which returns profits to the members in the form of lower rates on loans and higher savings yields. The cooperative nature of credit unions enables 1st Financial to provide products and services at very reasonable rates.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union serves those who live, work, worship, attend school, or regularly conduct business in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County, Missouri and a wide array of companies throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial organization committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit www.thebetterwaytobank.org.


1st Financial Provides Financial Literacy Courses to 24-Hour High School

Slate 24 Hour High School GraduationSt. Louis, MO (April 20, 2017) – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union is proud to support the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment’s (SLATE) 24-hour high school, known as Workforce High School, through financial empowerment courses.

Workforce High School (WHS) offers young adults 24/7 access to education mentorship, financial empowerment, and holistic case management services so that they can complete their high school education.  The 24-hour school is for young adults, ages 17-21, which previously dropped out of high school. Currently, it is the only high school in the country offering 24/7 access to high school education.

1st Financial’s Financial Literacy Coordinator, Ted Thornton, is teaching financial literacy classes to SLATE and Workforce High School youth.

“There is no better feeling than giving back to our youth,” said Thornton. “Knowing that I am leading these young adults to a better future by giving them the tools they need to manage their money… it’s priceless,” said Thornton.

“Financial literacy is a very important component of the Workforce High School,” said Dr. Alice Prince, SLATE’s Youth Division Manager. “Not only does our school aim to educate our students academically and professionally, but our goal is to create holistic and well-rounded students who leave our program ready and equipped to conquer the world.”

1st Financial, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), has a comprehensive community outreach program that focuses on housing, financial literacy, and job training.

For more information about SLATE and the Workforce High School, visit www.stlworks.com.

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

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About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like all credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, financial cooperative. 1st Financial Federal Credit Union was chartered on September 3, 1968 as District 837 Credit Union by the International Association of Machinist members employed by McDonnell Douglas. Today, with over 30,000 members and over $220 million in assets, 1st Financial is a St. Louis metro area financial institution dedicated to helping members achieve their financial dreams. For over 45 years 1st Financial has provided members with a full line of dependable financial products and services which returns profits to the members in the form of lower rates on loans and higher savings yields. The cooperative nature of credit unions enables 1st Financial to provide products and services at very reasonable rates.

 1st Financial Federal Credit Union serves those who live, work, worship, attend school, or regularly conduct business in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County, Missouri and a wide array of companies throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial organization committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit www.thebetterwaytobank.org.

 


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Member is Awarded the “Your Community 1st” Grant

Employment ConnectionSt. Louis, MO (April 19, 2017) – On April 6, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union awarded 1st Financial member, Lisa Cross-Shelton, the “Your Community 1st” grant.  The $500 grant will be used to support the mission of local nonprofit, Employment Connection.

Employment Connection offers resources, training, and support to people who are currently facing barriers to employment. Their program empowers their clients by providing resources to transportation, business apparel, and documentation for employment and housing.

Brenda Mahr, CEO of Employment Connection, said “Many of our clients are diligently trying to obtain employment; however they lack the resources and support to alleviate the challenges that are impeding their progress. Some of these roadblocks are as simple as not having a copy of their high school diploma or shoes to wear to a new job. Compounded, these small setbacks increase stress which can delay an individual’s progress. With the help of career and housing specialists, Employment Connection can assist with some of these obstacles to ensure the client’s success.”

Each quarter, one 1st Financial Federal Credit Union member receives a $500 donation from the credit union to be used towards a need or organization that focuses on financial growth in the areas of housing, financial literacy, or job training.

“We work hard to find nonprofit organizations that are strategically helping with jobs, housing, and financial literacy because we want to strengthen our community,” said Tracy Verner, Community Development Manager for 1st Financial.  “The Your Community 1st grant helps us develop new partnerships with passionate individuals who fill a need in the community.”

1st Financial Federal Credit Union is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and was awarded the 2016 Community Credit Union of the Year by Credit Union National Association (CUNA).

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

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About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like all credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, financial cooperative. 1st Financial Federal Credit Union was chartered on September 3, 1968 as District 837 Credit Union by the International Association of Machinist members employed by McDonnell Douglas. Today, with over 30,000 members and over $220 million in assets, 1st Financial is a St. Louis metro area financial institution dedicated to helping members achieve their financial dreams. For over 45 years 1st Financial has provided members with a full line of dependable financial products and services which returns profits to the members in the form of lower rates on loans and higher savings yields. The cooperative nature of credit unions enables 1st Financial to provide products and services at very reasonable rates.

 1st Financial Federal Credit Union serves those who live, work, worship, attend school, or regularly conduct business in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County, Missouri and a wide array of companies throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial organization committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit www.thebetterwaytobank.org.