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.


Connecting People to Success through Partnership

Employees volunteering at Connections to Success

Photo Above: 1st Financial Federal Credit Union Employees working hands on with Connection to Success at their volunteer day.

Wentzville, MO (October 17, 2017) – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union served Connections to Success of St. Charles in September 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 educational efforts in the St. Louis area. In September, the Wentzville Branch continued this support by working with Connections to Success of St. Charles County.

Connections to Success is a local organization which provides services and support to break the cycle of poverty. The organization serves to empower people that are transitioning from poverty, incarceration, and domestic violence to economic independence.

1st Financial presented a check to Connections to Success in the amount of $643 and 5 employees volunteered for a total of 40 volunteer hours in September.

Miranda McDuffie, a 1st Financial employee who spent the day volunteering at Connections to Success said, “Connections to Success is an organization with a big heart. Not only do they educate people on workforce development, and provide them with clothing to interview; but they connect with people on an emotional level as well. From starting the morning with a circle of gratitude to ending the day with an employee taking one of their participants to the bus stop they truly emit caring in all that they do”.

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

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


Local Credit Union Volunteers with KidSmart to Help Serve Teachers with Students in Need Throughout the St. Louis Area

1st Financial Federal Credit Union employees present check and school supplies to KidSmart.

Photo: (From left to right) Melinda Klocke, Financial Service Representative for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union Hazelwood Branch, Shannon Richards, Director of Operations for KidSmart – Tools for Learning, Tanya Forsythe, Branch Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union Hazelwood Branch.

Wentzville, MO (September 15, 2017) Local Credit Union Volunteers with KidSmart to Help Serve Teachers with Students in Need Throughout the St. Louis Area.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union is a local Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that is focused on serving the community with education, job training, and sustainable housing resources. In August, 1st Financial partnered with KidSmart Tools for Learning to raise awareness, volunteer, and host school supply drives throughout the St. Louis area.

The credit union presented KidSmart with school supplies and $1,000.83 on September 14.  This donation was made possible through 1st Financial’s monthly Helping People 1st grant, the fundraising efforts of 1st Financial’s Hazelwood branch, and the generosity of 1st Financial members and staff.

KidSmart Tools for Learning is a local nonprofit that opened in 2002 and is continuously growing every day. Donations from individuals and businesses help keep the shelves of KidSmart’s Free Store stocked with everything from crayons, markers and glue. Community volunteers stock the shelves, manage inventory and keep the free store running each shopping day.

On, August 29, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union employee volunteers volunteered at KidSmart’s Free Store. Eleven 1st Financial employees spent the day organizing school supplies and assisting teachers with supply shopping.

Tanya Forsythe, 1st Financial Branch Manager of the Hazelwood location, organized the fundraising efforts throughout August.

“The employees at 1st Financial enjoyed partnering with KidSmart. The Hazelwood branch hosted a bake sale, a plant sale, a book sale and one of our tellers even made homemade eggrolls to help raise additional funds!” said Forsythe. “We truly appreciate our relationship with KidSmart and are excited to give back to our community.”

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


1st Financial Partners with St. Charles City-County Library Foundation

Employees present check donation to City County Library Foundation at the St. Charles Branch.

Photo: (Left to Right) Toni Gaskin, Lead Teller for 1st Financial, Joe Krebs, Treasurer of the Friends of the Library annual Book Fair, Chuck Holmes, Branch Manager of the St. Charles 1st Financial, and Erica Land, with the St. Charles City-County Library District.

St. Charles, MO (August 28, 2017) – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), focused on serving the community with education, job training, and sustainable housing resources, has partnered with St. Charles City-County Library Foundation.

The St. Charles City-County Library Foundation, has a “focus on community outreach, early literacy and lifelong learning.”

1st Financial Federal Credit Union, through their Helping People 1st Grant program, awarded a grant of $713 to St. Charles City-County Library Foundation. The St. Charles Branch of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union also hosted a month-long book drive and were able to collect over 100 books for the Foundation. Along with the grant and book donations, ten employees spent about eight hours organizing thousands of books for the Annual Book Fair.

Joe Krebs, Treasurer of the Friends of the Library annual Book Fair, and proud supporter of St. Charles City-County Library Foundation, stated, “Our sincere appreciation to 1st Financial for their support of the Friends of the Library at our annual Book Fair again this year. The hands-on efforts of your volunteers at the Book Fair and your generous financial support will greatly assist us in our meeting our goals in support of the St. Charles City-County Library District.”

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.


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.


1st Financial Named a Top Workplace in the Greater St. Louis Area

Contact:
Katie Tucker, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union
(636) 916-8356
ktucker@1stfinancialfcu.org

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St. Louis, MO (June 26, 2017) – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union has been awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The Post-Dispatch’s Top Workplaces list recognizes the most progressive companies in the greater St. Louis area based on employee opinions about company leadership, career opportunities, workplace flexibility, compensation and benefits. The analysis included responses from over 35,000 employees at St. Louis public, private and nonprofit organizations.

The employee feedback surveys are administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement.

“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics, “To be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health.  And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day — the employees.”

Carol Minges, 1st Financial CEO said, “I’m thankful that we have such a highly passionate team of people at 1st Financial. Our vision is to grow by providing the best member and employee experience in the communities we serve. A key component of that vision is having the best employee experience. We’re happy that our employees think that we’re on the right track.”

1st Financial provides a competitive employee benefits package including health insurance, employer-paid life insurance, retirement savings 401(k) with employer match, paid vacation, and 10 paid holidays. Plus a paid birthday holiday, wellness program, gym membership subsidy, tuition reimbursement, an employee assistance program, employee loan program, and paid time off to volunteer in the community.

Click here to learn more about 1st Financial’s employee benefit program.

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.

About WorkplaceDynamics, LLC

Headquartered in Exton, PA, WorkplaceDynamics specializes in employee feedback surveys and workplace improvement. This year alone, more than two million employees in over 6,000 organizations will participate in the Top Workplaces™ campaign—a program it conducts in partnership with more than 40 prestigious media partners across the United States. Workplace Dynamics also provides consulting services to improve employee engagement and organizational health. WorkplaceDynamics is a founding B Corporation member, a coalition of organizations that are leading a global movement to redefine success in business by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business.

 


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.