Credit Union Announces New Mortgage Manager

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Photo: Gina Wright, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union Mortgage Manager

Wentzville, MO (October 8, 2019) – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, a not for profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), recently named Gina Wright as its Mortgage Manager. Wright brings twenty years of experience in the financial industry to the new position.

As Mortgage Manager, Wright will lead the mortgage department to a new level of success with a streamlined approach to lending and an emphasis on building and sustaining community and business relationships.

“My diversity of roles at the credit union has given me so much insight into what people need and want in a financial institution,” said Wright. “I’m so excited to help our members achieve the American dream of owning a home.”

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

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.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Announces New Vice President of Technology

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Photo: Donn Dischert, Vice President of Technology

 

Wentzville, MO (August 20, 2019) – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, a not for profit community development financial institution, has recently announced Donn Dischert as the Vice President of Technology.

Mr. Dischert brings more than 15 years of experience in programming, project management, operations management and IT experience to 1st Financial. He specializes in providing member-driven service, problem-solving, and team motivation and leadership. Most recently, Donn held the role of Group Manager – Radiology Imaging Informatics at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. He also served in the United States Army as an Infantry Team Leader in the 10th Mountain Division.

“We are excited to have Donn on our team and we’re confident that his leadership will bring the benefits of robust technology offerings while keeping security as a top priority for our members.” said Carol Minges, CEO of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.

With Donn’s extensive knowledge and years of experience, he will help 1st Financial continue its mission to exceed the financial needs and service expectations of their members, staff, and community.

“I am thrilled to be part of the 1st Financial community! I commit to helping our members achieve their financial dreams through accessible, user-friendly and functional technology,” said Donn Dischert, Vice President of Technology, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.

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

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.


St. Louis Credit Union Named a Best Place to Work

Wentzville, MO (July 23, 2019) – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, a not for profit community development financial institution serving people throughout St. Louis and St. Charles County, was recently awarded a 2019 Top Workplaces honor by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The Top Workplaces winners are picked based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey measuring several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few. The just over 100 employees of 1st Financial chose the credit union as a top workplace, citing a higher sense of purpose and integrity in the work they do, as a primary reason.

Carol Minges, 1st Financial CEO said, “Our employees are the key reason for our success. I’m grateful to work with such a passionate team of employees who believe in our vision to help our members achieve their financial dreams.”

On top of being a member-owned financial cooperative which exists to serve their community, 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, employee assistance program, employee loan program, paid time off to volunteer in the community each month, and development opportunities.

“Top Workplaces put the employee at the center of things and focuses on creating the right environment to unleash potential and inspire performance,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage, the Post-Dispatch’s research partner for Top Workplaces.

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

Established in 1968, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union is a 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.


Making an Impact in 2019

1st Financial Federal Credit Union is more than just a banking institution. Like all credit unions, we were created with a philosophy of ‘People Helping People’. This means we have the pleasure of being more than just a checking account or auto loan service provider.  We are a not for profit financial institution, using our limited resources to change lives throughout the St. Louis and St. Charles communities. I have the pleasure to work hands-on with several ways we are making an impact in our communities.

Helping People 1st Grant: We have created community development programs that offer small monthly grants to nonprofits and government programs which are focused in the areas of providing sustainable housing, job training, and education to our communities.  These are the areas we see our members having some of the largest hurdles for financial success and it is our desire to use our limited resources to assist our community to overcome and succeed in each of these capacities. So far, this first quarter we have served, Connections to Success, Mission: St. Louis and Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. We have been able to grant $1,500 to help assist individuals at each of these nonprofits.

Volunteer Days: As part of our commitment to the community, we offer financial resources to our local nonprofits focused on education, job training, and sustainable housing.  We also know that financial resources are not always the biggest need for these organizations.  For that reason, we offer every employee 8 hours of paid volunteer time each month, to serve our partners in the community. I was given the wonderful opportunity to work directly with each of our community partners throughout the first quarter. We assisted Connections to Success with organizing donations and assisting with their office work. Mission: St. Louis allowed us to come in and paint a classroom that will serve individuals in St. Louis. We also teamed up with Mad City Money to work with Hazelwood West High School students in a hands-on financial reality fair that help prepared students for their financial future.

Million Dollar Challenge: Our mission at the credit union is to make and save our members money. In 2019, it’s our goal to make and save our members a combined One Million Dollars by refinancing existing loans at a better rate with lower payments, make money with rewards checking, and grow money with high yield savings. As of April 1st, we have been able to save our members $267,623 for far this year.

#YouDidThat: We couldn’t do what we do without the support of our members. As a cooperative that started more than 50 years ago to provide banking services in a way that promoted sharing, trust and cooperation, we are so proud of what you have helped us become. Investing in 1st Financial is about more than your checking account, it’s a way to leverage your investment into affecting real and lasting change in some of the most under-served communities in St. Louis. #YouDidThat

At 1st Financial, we want you to know that when our members invest their money in one of our checking accounts or auto loans, they have done more than give themselves a low-cost banking product. They have also invested in the future success and continued change in the communities they love. Make where you bank matter!

Be the Difference,

Chelsea Springli


Reflecting on 50 Acts of Cooperation

I say this all the time… I have the best job ever!  This year, we’ve been celebrating our 50th anniversary with 50 Small Acts of Cooperation. 50 Acts of Cooperation was born out of the idea that when we work together we can accomplish great things. I’m grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to help make each of our 50 Acts come to life. Here is a look back at just a few of my favorite Acts of Cooperation.

Community Gas Act: Just last month, we went to a gas station near our St. Charles branch and bought gas for some lucky people in our community. The expressions on their faces were priceless, but one lady really stood out to me that day. You see she had been hit pretty hard by life lately. That afternoon she decided to pull off into the gas station to grab some gas and take a minute for herself. When we walked up to her vehicle her eyes were closed so we quietly tapped on the glass and asked if we could buy her gas. Immediately she began to cry and tell us how much our small Act meant to her. I was taken back by her emotions and just felt overwhelmingly grateful to be a part of this mission of giving back.

Our members doing great things in the community: I was given the wonderful opportunity to help make the 50 Acts of Cooperation program come to life. Every time a nomination came in, I was blown away by the good things that our members were doing in the community like feeding the homeless, organizing donations drives, and more. It only takes one small act of kindness to start a chain reaction in our community. That’s what cooperation and community looks like.

Volunteers make all the difference: Through the 50 Acts of Cooperation, my team and I served our community through volunteerism 11 times throughout the year. Everything from organizing school supplies to walking dogs and even being able to be a teacher for a day through Junior Achievement. It’s so rewarding to work for a company that not only gives back the community and allows us 8 hours of paid time off each month to serve our community hands-on.

50 Years of Dedication: Over the years, 1st Financial’s name has changed to reflect the growth of our community. However, today, my credit union has served hundreds of thousands of people in our community by providing them with important financial products and services. I am thankful for the dedication of our members, our community partners, and our employees who have shaped my credit union over the past 50 years. Without all of you, 1st Financial would not be what it is today.

Through the 50 Acts of Cooperation, we’ve completed 11 nonprofits acts, 11 volunteer acts, 16 member nominated acts, 8 1st Financial Department nomination acts and 4 community acts of cooperation. 2018 was a year that showcased our commitment to the community, I’m so excited to see what 2019 brings us.

Here’s to 50 more years,

Chelsea Springli


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Wins Industry Marketing Award

Photo Above: (left to right) Chelsea Springli, Marketing Coordinator; Tracy Verner Community Development Manager; Laura Woods, Vice President of Marketing and Community Presence; Andrew Potts, Creative Marketing Designer; Katie Tucker, Marketing Communications Manager.

Wentzville (May 1, 2018) – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, was recently honored with a Diamond Award, which recognizes outstanding marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry.

The award was presented by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Marketing & Business Development Council, a national network comprised of over 1,300 credit union marketing and business development professionals.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union won the Direct Mail category for its New Member Welcome campaign. The New Member campaign includes a letter with all of the pertinent information that the member needs to know about their new account as well as a New Member Guide to help them take advantage of everything that a credit union membership has to offer. New members also receive an email with a video from the credit union CEO and a phone call from a local credit union branch manager to answer any questions that they might have.

“We’re thrilled to be recognized for our New Member Welcome campaign by CUNA,” said Laura Woods, VP of Marketing and Community Presence. “We understand how important first impressions are and that the first 90 days at the credit union are the most critical in the member’s journey and we work hard to educate and inform our new members.”

For more information on the Diamond Awards or to view the entire list of winners, go to www.cunacouncils.org/awards.

For more information about 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, please 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 CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council

The CUNA Marketing and Business Development Council is a member-led community of marketing and business development professionals dedicated to providing relevant resources and tools essential for success to its members. The CUNA Marketing and Business Development Council is one of seven CUNA Councils, a network of thousands of credit union professionals nationwide. For more information, visit www.cunacouncils.org.


Connecting People to Success through Partnership

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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.


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.