1st Financial Presents Grant Check to Local Nonprofit LaunchCode

LaunchCodeSt. Louis, MO (April 14, 2017) – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union recently presented a check in the amount of $710.24 to LaunchCode, a local nonprofit, as part of their Helping People 1st grant.

LaunchCode, a nonprofit organization based out of St. Louis, places aspiring technologists in apprenticeships and jobs in technology throughout the country. LaunchCode’s program provides courses, educational resources, career coaching, mentorship, apprenticeship and job placement.

“1st Financial Federal Credit Union’s generous donation helps us continue to provide accessible tech education and training for our community,” said Mark Bauer, Executive Director of LaunchCode. “We look forward to reaching new milestones thanks to the support of this great community partner.”

1st Financial created the Helping People 1st grant in 2014 as part of community outreach program. Each month, one 1st Financial branch awards a $500 Helping People 1st grant to a nonprofit organization that focuses on housing, financial literacy, or job training.

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 Federal Credit Union to Host Free Shred Day Event

Wentzville (April 7, 2017) – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union will host a free Shred Day event on Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at three local branches.

1st Financial Shred Day locations include:

  • Hazelwood Branch – 5916 North Lindbergh Hazelwood, MO 63042
  • Charles Branch – 1550 Country Club Plaza Dr. St. Charles, MO 63303
  • Wentzville Branch – 1232 Wentzville Pkwy Wentzville, MO 63385

Shred-It has been contracted by 1st Financial as the provider for shredding documents. Shred-It is a certified document shredding company with 25 years of experience in the St. Louis area.

This event is free and open to the public. Participants may bring up to 5 containers of personal documents to shred.

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

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

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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


Enhancing Classrooms with Donated School Supplies

1st Financial helping People 1st kidSmartFlorissant, MO (March 31, 2017) – KidSmart and 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), combined forces to deliver school supplies to Wedgwood Elementary School in the Ferguson-Florissant School District on March 17, 2017.

KidSmart is a local St. Louis non-profit organization that planted its roots in 2002 and has grown exponentially. The organization’s mission is to ensure students and their classrooms in the Greater Metropolitan St. Louis have the basic necessities and learning tools they need to learn and grow.1st Financial helping People 1st kidSmart image 2

1st Financial was invited by KidSmart to help deliver school supplies to all classrooms at Wedgwood Elementary School. Over 20 boxes of school supplies were delivered to the teachers by 1st Financial volunteers. Each delivery was met with huge smiles and pure excitement from the children. 1st Financial was able to volunteer over 40 hours to the school that day, including some members with youth accounts at the credit union.

“I am very thankful that KidSmart invited 1st Financial to be a part of their school supply drop off event!  We had so much fun delivering boxes of school supplies to Wedgwood Elementary School! Being able to see the smiles and excitement on the kids and teachers faces as we brought supplies to each classroom was so rewarding!” said, Tanya Forsythe, Hazelwood Branch Manager.

1st Financial helping People 1st kidSmart image 31st 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.


Second College Kids Family Savings Night Proves to be Successful

1stFin_collegeSavingsNight_groupKidsSt. Louis, MO (March 30, 2017) – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union partnered with the St. Louis Office of Financial Empowerment and the City of St. Louis Treasurer, Tishaura Jones, for their second College Kids event of the year on March 14, 2017 at the Downtown 1st Financial branch.

College Kids is a program providing children’s savings accounts for every single kindergartner and first grader in a public or charter school in the City of St. Louis. When a child enters Kindergarten, these accounts are opened at 1st Financial, automatically, with a $50 deposit from St. Louis City Treasurer’s Office to jump start their savings.

This was the fifth College Savings Night event hosted by 1st Financial since the launch of the program in 2015.

The children and their families were treated to pizza and were able to make a deposit into their accounts at 1st Financial. As a bonus, 1st Financial also deposited a $20 scholarship into each child’s account who attended the event. The children were encouraged to submit a quick 60 second video about their future education and dream job. One entry will be awarded a $500 scholarship from 1st Financial.

Treasurer Tishaura Jones spoke to the crowd of about 40 families and encouraged them to keep saving. She and the Office of Financial Empowerment staff were there to meet the families and answer any questions about the program.

$1,254 in family deposits were made that evening, not including the scholarship deposits made by 1st Financial.

“College Kids Family Savings Night at the Credit Union is one way we not only serve the kids who are excited about saving for college, but we are able to help each family more holistically as well. Some of our College Kids families lack banking resources and we seek to change that. At every Family Savings Night we offer College Kids families free credit reviews. On average, we have about seven parents or grandparents sign up for an appointment to have their credit report reviewed and to develop a strategy to build or repair. If our College Kids families can improve their overall financial situation they’re more able to help their College Kids dreams come true,” stated Tracy Verner, Community Development Manager at 1st Financial.

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 Groundbreaking in St. Charles

St. Charles branch groundbreaking ceremony
Pictured Left to Right: Mary West, St. Charles Ward 4 Alderman; Mary Jo Garofalo; Sally Faith, St. Charles Mayor; Michelle Rosner; Lone Callahan; Bob Rutkowski; Paul Sikorski, Carol Minges; Jim Combs; Dave Franke; Robyn Whalen; Brad La Macchia; and Steve Broadbent.

St. Charles, MO (March 9, 2017) – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union officially broke ground on their new branch located in the heart of St. Charles, Missouri on March 1.

1st Financial will relocate their St. Charles branch to 1721 Zumbehl Rd, St. Charles, MO 63303 in late 2017. The branch will be built by the professional team at La Macchia Group, LLC, a Milwaukee-based firm that specializes in financial institutions. Construction will take approximately 6 months to complete.

Community leaders, 1st Financial employees, and 1st Financial members were invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony. St. Charles City Mayor, Sally Faith, and Ward 4 Alderman, Mary West, participated in the ceremony. Shelley Barr, 1st Financial member for over 20 years, attended the groundbreaking event and shared what 1st Financial has meant to her and the personal relationships she’s built through the years at 1st Financial.

During the construction phase, there will be no interruption of member service at the credit union’s current St. Charles branch location on Hwy 94.

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.


New St. Charles Branch Groundbreaking Scheduled for March 1

St. Charles, MO (February 13, 2017) – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union is breaking ground on a new credit union branch in St. Charles. Plans for the new branch include an innovative open concept lobby with teller pods in place of counters, a coffee bar for members and a more convenient location.newBranch_rendering

The professional team at La Macchia Group, LLC, a Milwaukee-based firm that specializes in financial institutions, created the design and will manage the construction. Local Union contractors will be used for construction.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at the new branch location at 1721 Zumbehl Rd. which is at the intersection of Zumbehl Road and Highway 94 in St. Charles. Construction is expected to take approximately 6 months to complete. During the construction phase, there will be no interruption of member service at the credit union’s current St. Charles branch location.

In making the announcement, 1st Financial CEO Carol Minges said, “We are excited about our move to the new location in St. Charles. This building shows our commitment to the St. Charles community. Unlike a large bank that is driven by profits for shareholders, 1st Financial is a member-owned cooperative that puts our members first. For the last 49 years we have been helping to build the communities that we serve in and we look forward to continuing to serve the St. Charles community at this new location.”

1st Financial, a $222 Million Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) credit union, operates four physical branches in Missouri in the communities of Wentzville, St. Charles, Hazelwood, and in the heart of the City of St. Louis.

For more information about 1st Financial Federal Credit Union and the credit union difference, please 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 34,000 members and $222 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.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Announces New Vice President of Member Experience

Lone Callahan HeadshotWentzville, MO (December 30, 2016) – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, a Community Development Financial Institution, (CDFI), has recently announced Lone Callahan as the Vice President of Member Experience.

Callahan joined 1st Financial in November to begin the transition of duties from Chief Operations Officer, Mary Jo Garofalo, who is retiring after 35 years of service.

Callahan has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry with extensive knowledge of credit union branch management and retail delivery service. Her specialties include staff development, coaching, product and service strategies and implementation, and branch operations and sales. She has held the role of Vice President of Branch Operations and Compliance, most recently, at Harvester Financial Credit Union located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

“I’ve worked with Lone in the past and I’m confident that she has the leadership skills and experience necessary to lead our retail team through the many opportunities that lie ahead,” said Carol Minges, CEO of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.

Beginning January 1, Callahan will assume full responsibility of overseeing the daily operations of 1st Financial’s call center and four local branches: Wentzville and St. Charles in St. Charles County, Hazelwood in St. Louis County, and Washington Ave, in the heart of the City of St. Louis.

“I am very much looking forward to working with our branches and members to find ways to create an even better experience at 1st Financial. I feel so fortunate to be a part of a credit union that is focused on making a difference in our community,” said Callahan.

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 34,000 members and $215 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.