1st Financial Federal Credit Union works to provide St. Louis youth with access to a college education

May 4th, 2015- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union announces partnership with the City of St. Louis Treasury Office to create accounts for their College Kids Savings Account Program while promoting the service during GiveSTL Day on May 5th, a 24-hour giving event focused on making a St. Louis impact by funding local non-profit organizations.

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The City of St. Louis Treasurer’s Office has developed an innovative program to promote college savings and financial literacy for the city’s youth through the “College Kids” Children’s Savings Account Program.

College Kids’ purpose is to provide all kindergarteners enrolling in St. Louis Public Schools and St. Louis City charter schools with a savings account for postsecondary education, which will help make postsecondary education an option for everyone in St. Louis.  A $50 deposit funded by the Treasurer’s Office for each student will get the program started.   College Kids will launch in the fall for the 2015-2016 school year with approximately 3,500 incoming kindergartners receiving accounts.

To get the College Kids program additional resources and funding, the City of St. Louis is working with the 1:1 Fund for GiveSTL Day on May 5th.  Since launching in 2012, the 1:1 Fund has helped local child savings programs raise over $845K in matching funds, attracting 500+ donors and 24,000+ web visitors.

Through digital and offline fundraising efforts with the 1:1 Fund, College Kids will raise critical matching incentives to get families emotionally invested in this wonderful program.  These incentives include:

  • Weekly Perfect Attendance: Students can earn $1/week during the school year for attending school and arriving on time for each day of school in session that week.
  • Smart Saver: Deposits of at least $10 monthly will receive a $10 monthly match. The maximum for this incentive will be $100.
  • Financial Education: Parents and guardians are able to earn an additional $50 in contributions by completing financial education courses in-person, online through Wells Fargo Hands on Banking® and through the College Kids smartphone app.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union was chosen by the City of St. Louis Treasurer’s Office to open accounts and provide ongoing banking engagement for the program.  1st Financial will promote this partnership in branches and on social media during GiveSTL Day.

“We are determined to do whatever we can to help the children of St. Louis have access to post-secondary education,” said Tishaura Jones, Treasurer of the City of St. Louis.  “This is available to any family, no matter their socio-economic background.  “We created this college savings program because it is the government’s responsibility to invest in its citizens, and that includes our children.  Children want an opportunity to have a future and we are determined to help give them a future.”

She continued, saying “1st Financial has been a wonderful partner in our financial empowerment initiatives since shortly after I started in 2013. The ability to house the accounts at a credit union allows children and families to deposit additional funds at any branch that participates in the shared branch network, giving us a strong regional footprint.  Additionally, the staff at 1st Financial stand ready to volunteer with us to make sure the program reaches as many as possible.”

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Pictured: Tishaura Jones, Treasurer of the City of St. Louis 

For more information on the College Kids Savings Program, please visit www.stlofe.org/collegekids

For more information on GiveSTL Day, please visit https://givestlday.org/#home

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

About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like 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 Hosting Document Shredding and Bike Donation Event

April 10, 2015- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union is offering a Free Community Document Shred Day on Saturday, May 2nd.

Shredding important documents is a great way to help prevent identity theft.  But these documents-like bank statements, medical records, and credit card bills-can accumulate quickly because the information they contain can be targeted after it has been thrown away in the trash.  A secure solution to ensuring financial security is to use bulk document destruction for important papers.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union is hosting its annual Shred Day on Saturday, May 2nd at three area branches from 9 a.m. until noon.  Participants can bring up to five containers of documents to the event.    The locations for Shred Day include:

  • St. Charles Branch at 1550 Country Club Plaza Drive, St. Charles, MO 63303
  • Hazelwood Branch at 5916 North Lindbergh, Hazelwood, MO 63042
  • Wentzville Branch at 1232 Wentzville Parkway, Wentzville MO 63385

1st Financial has contracted Shred-It to provide document destruction services at each of the branches.  Shred-it is a certified document shredding company with 25 years of experience in the St. Louis area.  Shred-It provides their customers peace of mind by delivering unparalleled security and service for the information they value.

1st Financial is also partnering with St. Louis Bicycle Works to hold a bicycle drive this year.  Members and non-members can donate used bicycles from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at all three locations.  St. Louis Bicycle Works will take the donations back to their bike shop for rehabilitation.  Once they are refurbished, St. Louis area children receive the bike after they complete the Earn-a-Bike safety and maintenance program which promotes responsibility and a strong desire to serve and improve their community.  St. Louis Bicycle Works has provided over 10,000 bikes to inner-city kids since 1988.

“Our number one priority is making sure our member’s financial information is secure,” said Carol Minges, Chief Executive Officer of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.  “While we offer electronic services like eStatements and Online Banking to help prevent identity theft, we still have a lot of members who choose to receive financial information via regular mail.  We host our Shred Day to give members peace of mind when it comes to safely disposing of their financial documents.”

For more information on St. Louis Bicycle Works, please visit http://www.bworks.org/

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

About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like 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 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 Offers Free Personal Credit Score and Report Reviews

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

St Louis, MO – Access to free credit scores, credit history, and credit rehabilitation programs often present the biggest obstacles on the road to achieving financial goals. 1st Financial Federal Credit Union is hoping to remove these barriers by offering a free Trans Union FICO credit score and providing a no obligation one-on-one counseling session at any of their four St. Louis area branch locations from March 17th through April 30th. This free program is 100% confidential and open to anyone in St. Louis and St. Charles County. The one-on-one credit review will identify strategies for building credit, recommend options for repairing past issues, and propose solutions for saving money in the long run.

Jamie Kehoe, Lead Financial Service Representative at the St. Charles Branch, is excited for the opportunity to further help her neighbors accomplish their dreams. “I recently had a new member come in for a loan on a car and had to decline him because of the records on his credit report. He didn’t know anything about how to establish or maintain good credit. His loans were in collections and one of his vehicles had been repossessed. Eventually, we were able to qualify him for an auto loan with a cosigner which increased his non-existent credit score to the low 600’s. Now two years and several loans later, this member has a 748 credit score and proud to have achieved many of his long term financial goals.”

She went on to say, “I earned his trust by taking the time to look at his situation and explain what needed to be done. I am very excited to continue supporting our community by teaching the importance of good credit and provide opportunities to rebuild and repair past damage.”

As a member owned not-for-profit, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union has always focused its energy on teaching financial literacy, offering competitive rates, and providing exceptional service. Providing a program to help restore good credit and work towards achieving financial success is just one more way 1st Financial is proud to invest in their community.

“I think this is a wonderful service,” said Nancy Tate, Lead Financial Service Representative at the Wentzville branch. “Many of the people I meet don’t know what is available in their credit report. Most are unsure who they can trust with fixing their credit.” She went on to say, “I have been working with a gentleman for the past ten years who recently fell on hard times. We have been able to help him right his ship, save him close to $400.00 a month through loan consolidation, and create a payment plan to rebuild his credit. We are so excited, knowing this program will give us more opportunities to give back to our community.”

To schedule a free personalized credit score and report review, call a Member Service Representative at (636) 916-8300, visit www.TheBetterWayToBank.org or visit any local 1st Financial Federal Credit Union branch location before April 30, 2014.

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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.


Celebrate International Credit Union Day 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

St. Louis, MO – Members of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, in Wentzville, St. Charles, Hazelwood, and Downtown St. Louis will celebrate International Credit Union day on Thursday October 17, 2013 with credit union members around the world. International Credit Union Day is an event to commemorate the credit union movement’s history and achievements..

In honor of this special day, 1st Financial invites their members and the whole community to visit any of their four branches on October 17th for complimentary refreshments, gift bags and prize drawings. As an additional celebration of this important day, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union is also donating $.25 to the Children’s Miracle Network of Greater St. Louis every time members use their 1st Financial debit card throughout the entire day.

Since 1948, International Credit Union Day has been celebrated annually on the third Thursday of October. Each year, the international event affords the opportunity to remember credit unions’ proud history and promote awareness of and support for the credit union difference. This year’s theme “Credit Unions Unite For Good” underlines the commitment to their communities and trustworthy member service that credit unions today embody. Credit unions are recognized as a force for positive economic and social change and have provided significant social and economic value in both developed and emerging nations.

For more information on International Credit Union Day festivities call a 1st Financial Member Service Representative at (636) 916-8300.

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About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

1st Financial Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative with over 30,000 members and $210 million in assets, committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. For over 40 years, 1st Financial has provided members with a full line of dependable financial products and services which return profits to the member in the form of lower rates on loans and higher savings yields.

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, 1st Financial is a full service financial institution dedicated to helping our members achieve their financial dreams. We serve those who live, work, worship, attend school in or regularly do business in the City of St. Louis, 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.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Unveils 12 Days of Christmas Auto Loan Special

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Michelle Rosner
(636) 916-8339
mrosner@1stfinancialfcu.org

December 14, 2011: Wentzville, Missouri — Beginning December 12, 2011, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union will offer a 12 day only auto loan special with rates as low as 1.99%APR for a term as long as 60 months!

This special, limited time offer is available for new and used vehicles 2009 and newer with less than 50,000 miles. On a $15,000 loan, the rate discount is a savings of nearly $200.00 over the term. Credit union members may refinance auto loans from other institutions to secure the lower rate or purchase a new or used vehicle. While everyday auto loan rates are exceptionally low; 1.99% APR for up to 60 months is a below market rate for that term.

Credit Union members are asked to apply for the special loan between the dates of December 12th and the 23rd. They may apply online or any of the 1st Financial St. Louis area branches. As an added benefit, members who apply for a loan during this time will be automatically entered to win a 42″ flat screen TV or a loan payment up to $400!

“This is the time of year when people don’t just need a good deal. They need the best value for their dollar,” stated Frank Nelson, President and CEO of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union. He went on to say “At 1st Financial we try to create products for our members that allow them to make the most of everything they work so hard to earn.”

With over 33,000 members and nearly $210 million in assets, 1st Financial is metro St. Louis area financial institution dedicated to helping members achieve their financial dreams. As a member-owned coop, products and services such as FREE checking with FREE debit cards and FREE online banking are not reserved for the elite. For over 40 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 us to provide products and services at very reasonable rates.

1st Financial’s mission is to be the best value in banking throughout the St. Louis metro area. As a credit union 1st Financial is recognized as a force for positive economic and social change.

.APR = Annual Percentage Rate. See credit union for complete details and contest rules.

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 33,000 members and nearly $210 million in assets, 1st Financial is a St. Louis metro area financial institution dedicated to helping members achieve their financial dreams. For over 40 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.

About Credit Unions

Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives that provide an effective and viable alternative to for-profit financial institutions for more than 184 million members in 97 countries worldwide. They exist to serve their members, providing a safe place to save money and access affordable loans.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Unveils Black Friday Auto Loan Special

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Michelle Rosner
(636) 916-8339
mrosner@1stfinancialfcu.org

November 16, 2011: Wentzville, Missouri — On Nov. 25, 2011, commonly known as “Black Friday”, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union will offer auto loans for 60 months as low as 1.99% APR. This is a first for the credit union’s 43 year history!

This special, one day offer, is available for new and used vehicles 2009 and newer with less than 50,000 miles. On a $15,000 loan, the rate discount is a savings of nearly $200.00 over the term. Credit union members may refinance auto loans from other institutions to secure the lower rate or purchase a new or used vehicle. While everyday auto loan rates are exceptionally low; 1.99% APR for up to 60 months is a below market rate for that term, according to Bankrate.com (11-16-11).

Credit Union members are asked to apply for the special loan on Friday, Nov. 25th”. “We are extending this offer to give consumers what they need most this year – value and savings,” stated Frank Nelson, President and CEO of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.

With over 33,000 members and nearly $210 million in assets, 1st Financial is a metro St. Louis area financial institution dedicated to helping members achieve their financial dreams. As a member-owned coop, products and services such as FREE checking with FREE debit cards and FREE online banking are not reserved for the elite. For over 40 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 us to provide products and services at very reasonable rates.

1st Financial’s mission is to be the best value in banking throughout the St. Louis metro area. As a credit union 1st Financial is recognized as a force for positive economic and social change.

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 33,000 members and $210 million in assets, 1st Financial is a full service financial institution dedicated to helping our members achieve their financial dreams. For over 40 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 us 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.

About Credit Unions

Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives that provide an effective and viable alternative to for-profit financial institutions for more than 184 million members in 97 countries worldwide. They exist to serve their members, providing a safe place to save money and access affordable loans.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Chooses CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. to Offer Superior Investment Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Michelle Rosner
(636) 916-8339
mrosner@1stfinancialfcu.org

June 26, 2011 – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, located in Wentzville, St. Charles, Hazelwood, and downtown St. Louis, Missouri has selected CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. to offer comprehensive brokerage services.

CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. along with financial advisor, Terry Colosi will provide superior services to meet member retirement, investment and insurance needs. Working onsite at 1st Financial Federal Credit Union to provide members with comprehensive financial services from simple transactions to complex financial planning and wealth management services, CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. is known as the nation’s premier credit union investment services provider.

“At a time when people need it the most, we are partnering with a best in class investment services provider to help our members plan for the future and achieve the most with their hard earned dollars.” stated Frank Nelson, president/CEO of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.

About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like all credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, financial cooperative which puts people before profits. 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 $220 million in assets, 1st Financial is a full service financial institution dedicated to helping our members achieve their financial dreams. For over 40 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 us 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.

About CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc.

CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. provides Broker Dealer services to credit unions throughout the nation, offering a full range of investment products, variable insurance products, securities programs and professional services related to securities transactions.

CUNA Mutual Group is a leading provider of financial services to cooperatives, credit unions, their members and valued customers worldwide. With more than 75 years of market commitment, CUNA Mutual’s vision is unwavering: to be a trusted business partner who delivers service excellence and customer-focused, best-in-class products and market-driven innovation. More information on the company is available on the company’s Web site at www.cunamutual.com.

Representatives are registered, securities are sold, and investment advisory services offered through CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. (CBSI), member FINRA/SIPC , a registered broker/dealer and investment advisor, 2000 Heritage Way, Waverly, Iowa 50677, toll-free 800-369-2862. Nondeposit investment and insurance products are not federally insured, involve investment risk, may lose value and are not obligations of or guaranteed by the financial institution. CBSI is under contract with the financial institution, through the financial services program, to make securities available to members.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Hosts Free Shred Day for Members & Community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Michelle Rosner
mrosner@1stfinancialfcu.org
636-916-8339

Wentzville, MO, March 16, 2011–1st Financial Federal Credit Union will host a free Shred Event for members and the community on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the St. Charles, Hazelwood and Wentzville 1st Financial branch offices.

The shred professionals from Shred-it will be on site to offer free shred services. Shred-it will shred items such as old statements, receipts, credit card offers, and other documents containing personal information. Shred days have grown in popularity in recent years thanks in part to the rise of identity theft.

According to Frank Nelson, President and CEO of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, “Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America. As a credit union, our mission is to help people make the most of their money and protect their financial well being. By providing a free shred day event, we continue our mission of “People Helping People”.

The 1st Financial branch locations hosting the Shred Event are: St. Charles- 1550 Country Club Plaza, MO 63303; Hazelwood- 5916 N. Lindbergh, Hazelwood, MO 63042; Wentzville- 1232 Wentzville Parkway, Wentzville, MO 63385. For more information, call 1st Financial at (636) 916-8300.

1st Financial is a member owned full-service financial institution dedicated to helping members achieve their financial dreams. In addition to providing excellent member service, 1st Financial strives to offer the most cutting-edge financial products and strives to be The Better Way to Bank.

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 33,000 members and $210 million in assets, 1st Financial is a full service financial institution dedicated to helping our members achieve their financial dreams. For over 40 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 us 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.

About Credit Unions

Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives that provide an effective and viable alternative to for-profit financial institutions for more than 186 million members in 97 countries worldwide. They exist to serve their members, providing a safe place to save money and access affordable loans.