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.


A New Initiative in North County Partners with 1st Financial

STL_North_County_ClassSt. Louis, MO – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union announces a 2017 partnership with STL Youth Job’s new youth initiative in North County. The program, funded by Emerson, equips youth ages 18-24 in the North County area with job readiness training, life skills training, and financial literacy.

“Through our remarkable partnership with 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, not only are we able to provide youth with a safe and youth-friendly banking product, but we are also able to give them the tools they need to stay financially empowered into adulthood,” said Hillary Frey, Executive Director at STL Youth Jobs.

Over the past two years, 1st Financial has supported the efforts of STL Youth Jobs which has employed 359 youth and worked with over 80 employers through the Ferguson Forward initiative in North County.  In 2015-2016 alone, 71% of youth participants were hired on by their employer, found new employment or were connected to other training programs.

“STL Youth Jobs provides young people with an opportunity to earn a paycheck and develop transferable workplace skills, including the skills to manage their own finances. The combination of these resources is the perfect formula for long-term success and a better prepared future workforce,” said Frey.

1st Financial will provide the participating youth with banking resources including savings accounts, checking accounts, and free debit cards. 1st Financial also equips the youth through financial empowerment courses.

“We are incredibly happy to support the youth involved in STL Youth Jobs: North County. This program brings much needed skills and opportunity to an under served community. We were invited to be a partner so the participants could truly be empowered through full financial capability,” said Tracy Verner, Community Development Manager at 1st Financial.

1st Financial partners with local nonprofit and government initiated organizations to serve the needs of greater St. Louis community.

“1st Financial members can be sure that when they invest their money into a checking account or auto loan, they get more than just a great banking product. They are investing in the future success of our community,” said Verner.

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.


Local Students Save for College through College Kids

Comm_CollegeKidsSt. Louis, MO – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), partnered with St. Louis Office of Financial Empowerment and the City of St. Louis Treasurer, Tishaura Jones, for the 2017 kickoff event of College Kids, on January 25, 2017 at the Downtown 1st Financial branch.

“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,” stated Jones.

College Kids, a program providing Children’s Savings Account for every single kindergartner in a public and charter school within the city of St. Louis, launched in the fall of 2015. These accounts were opened automatically with an initial $50 deposit from the City of St. Louis Treasurer’s Office to help families jump start their college savings. The College Kids savings accounts are held at 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.

This was the fourth College Savings Night, hosted by 1st Financial since the launch of the program in 2015. Each year, the number of kindergartners participating and attending College Savings Night grows, along with deposits made by the City of St. Louis and the students themselves.

During the event at the Downtown branch of 1st Financial, kindergartners and their parents were treated to pizza and the kindergartners were able to make a deposit into their account. 1st Financial also deposited a $20 scholarship into each child’s account who attended the even to help jump start their savings.

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.


Connecting People to Success through Partnership

IMG_3659St. Charles, Missouri – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union served Connections to Success of St. Charles in January 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 education efforts in the St. Louis area. In January, the Wentzville Branch continued this support by working with Connections to Success of St. Charles County.

“1st Financial continues to be a strong partner. We are so grateful for the ways they are positively impacting the local families we serve through volunteerism and financial investments, like this grant,” stated Mary Lambert, Chief Executive Officer Co-Founder, of Connections to Success.IMG_3627

Connections to Success, is a local organization which provides services and support to break the cycle of poverty. The organization serves people transitioning from poverty, incarceration, domestic violence, and other complex situations. The program’s main goal is to empower individuals through their transformation to economic independence by creating a program that meets the program participants where they currently are in life.

1st Financial presented a check to Connections to Success in the amount of $997.47 which was made up of a $500 grant plus additional funds from 1st Financial employees fundraising efforts.

“Connections to Success is a non-profit organization that I feel very strongly about. They strive to work to break the cycle of poverty. Their mission is gives people hope, resources, and a plan. Volunteering at this organization was inspirational and continues to be an inspiration because of their passion to help people in our own communities” stated Pat Johnson, Wentzville Branch Manager of 1st Financial.

1st Financial also had the privilege of volunteering 10% of their workforce at Connections to Success for a total of 80 volunteer hours.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union is known as 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 product s 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.


Urban League Receives Grant From 1st Financial

IMG_3536Ferguson, MO – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union’s Hazelwood branch awarded $500 to the Urban League’s Save Our Sons program in December as part of their Helping People 1st Grant.

Save Our Sons provides education and job training to men who live in Ferguson and surrounding St. Louis County communities. The program’s goal is to develop career-skills and a strong work ethic to become successful in today’s workforce. Since its inception in 2014, they have helped more than 300 men find jobs.

“This program isn’t for everyone, but it is for anyone who a propensity to believe in themselves. Save Our Sons is a program like no other which has been custom-designed to save those who are willing to be saved. In the nearly century old tradition of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, we aim to economically, educationally, politically, and socially empower all participants who receive our services,” said Jamie Dennis, Director of Save Our Sons.

“The Hazelwood branch was honored to bring awareness to our members about Urban League: Save our Sons. This is an organization right in our very own community helping people find opportunities to improve their quality of life,” stated Tanya Forsythe, Hazelwood Branch Manager.

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.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Wins Community Credit Union of the Year

Tracy, Carol, & Laura. Wentzville, MO – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union was awarded the 2016 Community Credit Union of the Year Award of Community Development Credit Unions by CUNA in Dallas, TX.

1st Financial a $222 Million Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) credit union, operates four branches in Missouri: 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.

CDFI’s are known for their investments made within the community. One of the many goals of a certified CDFI is to have a mission to guide economic opportunity and renew local neighborhoods. With only 1,000 CDFI’s existing, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union is proud to be a part of that number.

Todd Spiczenski, CUNA Chief Products and Services Officer, said, “They, along with all of our 2016 entrants, show how Credit Unions that are fully devoted to the principle of People Helping People can make a difference in the financial lives of, not only, individuals, but also their communities as a whole.”

While it is improving, St. Louis is known as one of the most unbanked cities in the nation. Financial institutions, like 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, work to give members of the community access to financial products and services, while establishing strong partnerships for a more strategic and sustainable outcome.

St. Louis City Treasurer, Tishaura Jones and 1st Financial Federal Credit Union have strategically partnered to implement programs that work on job training and education in St. Louis City.

“My office has made a commitment to invest in the future by providing college savings accounts for every kindergartener in a public school throughout the City of St. Louis,” said Jones. “Our partnership with 1st Financial Federal Credit Union allows parents and family members to make deposits into the savings accounts at any shared branch location. Together, we are eliminating barriers to college access one savings account at a time.”

Statistics show that children with balances as low as $1 in a dedicated savings account are 2.5 times more likely to enroll in and graduate from college than students with no previous savings. 1st Financial has opened over 2,800 college savings accounts for kindergartners in St. Louis City public and charter schools.

Through the STL Youth Jobs program, 1st Financial has provided financial education and checking accounts for over 1,400 young adults between the ages of 16 and 24.

Strengthening the community is in the DNA of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union. 1st Financial created the Helping People 1st monthly grant program with the purpose of making a positive impact on the communities they serve. Each month, 1st Financial awards a $500 grant to a nonprofit focused on sustainable housing, job training, and education.

Since 2014, 1st Financial has given over $30,000 or 1.9% of net income, in grant money to local nonprofit organizations, such as Gateway 180, Urban League, Beyond Housing, KidSmart- Tools for Learning, Mission St. Louis, Junior Achievement, and Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, employees of 1st Financial are encouraged to volunteer with the nonprofits each month. Since the launch of Helping People 1st program, 1st Financial has given over 1,100 volunteer hours.

“1st Financial is humbled to receive this award and proud to be making an impact in our communities we serve,” said Carol Minges, CEO of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union. “At 1st Financial, we want you to know that when you invest your money in one of our checking accounts or auto loans, you have done more than give yourself a low cost banking product. You have also invested into the future success and continued change in the communities you love.”

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


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.

 


1st Financial Announces Retirement of Chief Operations Officer after 35 Years at Credit Union

WENTZVILLE, MO (December 12, 2016) – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), recently announced the retirement of the Chief Operations Officer, Mary Jo Garofalo.

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Garofalo began her career at 1st Financial as a part-time file clerk in 1981. Since then she has played many roles at 1st Financial including loan administrator, Visa program manager, branch manager, and vice president of operations.

In 2007, Garofalo assumed the role of chief operations officer at 1st Financial. She currently oversees the daily operations of their 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.  She also oversees the contact center.

“Mary Jo has made a significant contribution to 1st Financial and her DNA has been woven into the very fabric of this organization,” said 1st Financial CEO, Carol Minges.  “We will miss her unfiltered words of wisdom, humor and unique view of life.”

With a career spanning three decades, Garofalo has witnessed the evolution of technology in the banking industry. From faxes to email and typewriters to computers, the business operations and the needs of the members have changed dramatically through the years.mary jo garafalo early years

Focused on staying competitive in the banking industry and being an advocate for all credit unions, Garofalo participated in introducing the idea of bringing credit union shared branching to Missouri. 1st Financial had the honor of being the first credit union in the United States to open accounts for other credit unions as part of the shared branch network. The shared branch network is now a nationwide network of more than 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs and 5,000 credit union shared branch locations.

Garofalo also spearheaded the introduction of many new products and services for 1st Financial members like mobile and online banking, mobile wallets, SnapDeposit, RollUp Savings, and instant issue debit cards.

“My career at 1st Financial has spanned over 35 years and I will miss that part of my life. However, I’m excited to start the next chapter and am looking forward to spending lots of time with my granddaughters,” said Garofalo.

“While we are thrilled for Mary Jo and her new found freedom it is difficult to see her go,” said 1st Financial Chief Lending Officer Michelle Rosner.  “She embodies what credit unions are about…she enjoys helping people.  Whether giving her managers the autonomy to grow their branches or giving life lessons in leadership, Mary Jo’s presence will be greatly missed.  We are a better credit union because of Mary Jo.”

Following Garofalo’s retirement, Lone Callahan, formerly the Vice President Branch Operations at Harvester Financial Credit Union in Indianapolis, will assume the title of vice president of member experience at 1st Financial.

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.

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 Volunteers at Local School

Wentzville, MO – 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), recently volunteered at Heritage Primary Elementary School in Wentzville through Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis.

In addition, 1st Financial also awarded $500 to Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis through their monthly Helping People 1st grant.

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The partnership between 1st Financial Federal Credit Union and Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis began three years ago.  1st Financial employees volunteered over 100 hours with the organization teaching children about financial education and what it takes to make a valuable community.

“1st Financial Federal Credit Union helps us bring fun, interactive, hands-on programs to students that exemplify the importance of work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship while at the same time sharing their personal success stories and testimonies,” said Tracie Roberson, Junior Achievement Program Manager.1st Financial Junior Achievement Volunteers

“Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis brings programs to more than 155,000 students throughout our service areas, and we are grateful that 1st Financial Federal Credit sponsors us financially and donates their time and talents in the classrooms. We look forward to many more years working together to inspire and prepare young people to succeed,” said Roberson.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union believes education is one of the fundamental foundations to achieving financial freedom no matter how young a person is. For more information about 1st Financial visit www.TheBetterWayToBank.org.


Paving the Path for Economic Independence with the Help of a Local Credit Union

Wentzville, MO 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), focused on serving the community with education, job training, and sustainable housing resources, partnered with Connections to Success in September to provide economic and training resources as part of 1st Financial’s Helping People 1st program.

Connections to Success, is a local organization which provides services and support to break the cycle of poverty. The organization serves people transitioning from poverty, incarceration, domestic violence, and other complex situations. The program’s main goal is to empower individuals through their transformation to economic independence by creating a program that meets the program participants where they currently are in life.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union was able to serve as a resource to Connections to Success by facilitating mock interviews for the participants. The Vice President of Human Resources, Hazelwood Branch Manager, Chief Lending Officer, and Community Development Manager walked through the interview process including how to dress and prepare for an interview, what questions to anticipate, and provided individual feedback to each of the participants during the mock interviews.

Connections to Success has been a recipient of 1st Financials Helping People 1st grant for the past three years. With the grant and funds provided by other fundraising efforts supported by both 1st Financial employees and members, 1st Financial was able to present a check for $759.25 to Connections to Success in September.

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Pat Johnson, Wentzville Branch Manager, stated “Over the years, our partnership with Connections to Success has grown tremendously. We are able to help people who could quite possibly be our friends or our neighbors become financially independent.”

Lynda Keeton, the Event Coordinator for Connections to Success stated, “We are honored to be the recipient of the Helping People 1st Grant and truly appreciate the ongoing partnership with 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.” Ms. Keeton continued to state, “Together we are impacting our communities and changing lives.”

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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.