1st Financial Federal Credit Union Supports Homeless St. Louisans in October

December 1st, 2015-1st Financial Federal Credit Union served Gateway 180: Homelessness Reversed in October as part of the Helping People 1st Grant program.

The Helping People 1st Grant was created by 1st Financial Federal Credit Union to support non-profit organizations that are focused on Housing, Financial Literacy, Job Training, or Education efforts in the St. Louis area.  In October, the Washington Avenue Branch continued this program by serving Gateway 180: Homelessness Reversed.

Since 1986, Gateway 180: Homelessness Reversed has been a service for women and families affected by homelessness in the Saint Louis area.  Located at 1000 North 19th Street in St. Louis, Gateway 180 is the largest 24 hour emergency housing organization in the state for families and provides facilities that work to end homelessness through the support of donors, collaborative partners, and charitable fundraising.

“We are thankful and honored to partner with 1st Financial Federal Credit Union in the fight to end family homelessness in the St. Louis region,” said Kathy Connors, Development Director of Gateway 180: Homelessness Reversed.  At Gateway 180, we are committed to strengthening families and getting them back into their own homes.  We understand that strong families and strong households build strong communities.”

The Washington Avenue Branch of 1st Financial spent October promoting Gateway 180 within the branch and also held fundraising events.  Additionally, 1st Financial employees volunteered with Gateway 180 employees on October 16th and 17th to host a costume drive to collect used Halloween costumes for children living at the shelter.  On Friday, November 6th, Downtown Branch Manager Karen Neel presented Gateway 180 with a check for $714.50.

“We are so honored to receive this award from your organization,” said Nygia Chapman, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator for Gateway 180.  “We work to strengthen our community and the families we currently house in our facility.”

She continued, saying, “Your gift helps us to continue our mission to achieve permanent, independent stability for our families.”

For more information about Gateway 180, please visit http://www.gateway180.org/.

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

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Pictured from Left to Right: Karen Neel, Downtown Branch Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; Kathy Connors, Development Director of Gateway 180; Nygia Chapman, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator for Gateway 180; and Tracy Verner, Community Development Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.

About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like many credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices.  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.  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 reasonable rates on loans and higher savings yields.

Today, with over 30,000 members and $204 million in assets, 1st Financial is able to serve anyone who lives, works (regularly does business in), worships or attends school in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County or St. Charles County.  Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government.

Not a credit union member?  Visit www.TheBetterWayToBank.org for more information.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Honored Nationally For Community Service Programs

October 29, 2015– 1st Financial Federal Credit Union wins 1st place in Missouri for the Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award and receives an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Responsibility Community Service Award, both of which recognize outstanding community development achievements in the credit union industry.

In September 2015, it was announced that 1st Financial Federal Credit Union was the recipient of two awards, given annually by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). These awards were given in response to the extraordinary dedication of 1st Financial to the St. Louis and St. Charles communities through the STL Youth Jobs program and the Helping People 1st Grant program.

“I am so very proud of everyone’s efforts towards helping us make such a significant impact with both initiatives,” said Carol Minges, CEO of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union. “This is a testament to all of the work the team is doing to serve our community. Helping people is what we do and our employees are making a huge difference to the members we serve and to the St. Louis area. We would not have received the awards without our employee’s continued commitment to making a difference.”

The Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award is given to a credit union for its practical application of credit union philosophy within the actual operation of the credit union. It is awarded for internal programs and services that benefit membership. 1st Financial was awarded a 1st Place recognition for the Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service award due to the results of the STL Youth Jobs program, which has given access to over 1,100 free checking accounts to local at risk youth.  This program has also provided hundreds of hours of financial literacy for working young people in St. Louis city.  To date, these youth have saved over $40,000.

Louise Herring was an active supporter, organizer, and champion of credit unions. She was the Ohio delegate to the 1934 national credit union conference in Estes Park, CO where she signed the original constitution for a national credit union association.  Louise believed that credit unions should work in a practical manner to better people’s lives.  She saw the credit union as more than just a financial institution.  In her own words, “the purpose of the credit union is to reform the financial system, so that everyone can have his place in the sun.”

The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award is given to a credit union or chapter/multiple credit union group for its external social responsibility projects within the community. 1st Financial was awarded an honorable mention for the Dora Maxell Social Responsibility Award due to the results of the Helping People 1st Grant program, which has provided over $20,000 and hundreds of paid volunteer hours to local nonprofits in our communities.

Dora Maxwell was an early credit union pioneer, and was one of the original signers of CUNA’s constitutions at Estes Park in Colorado. She worked as an organizer for the movement’s trade association and held numerous volunteer positions at the local and national level.  In addition to organizing hundreds of credit unions, she developed volunteer organizer clubs and worked with organizations on behalf of the poor.

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

About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like many credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. 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.  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 reasonable rates on loans and higher savings yields.

Today, with over 30,000 members and $204 million in assets, 1st Financial is able to serve anyone who lives, works (regularly does business in), worships or attends school in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County or St. Charles County. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government.

Not a credit union member?  Visit www.TheBetterWayToBank.org for more information.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Hires Financial Empowerment Specialist

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October 7, 20151st Financial Federal Credit Union, a community development not for profit banking institution in St. Louis, MO, has hired a dedicated Financial Empowerment Specialist to work one on one with newly employed youth.

Created as a joint venture with the St. Louis Agency on Training and Education (SLATE), 1st Financial Federal Credit Union has hired Ted Thornton as a full time educator and one on one counselor for thousands of youth, served through the ongoing Summer Youth Jobs program.

Over the last two years, 1st Financial has provided free financial education, checking accounts and debit cards to thousands of youth throughout St. Louis, working together closely to meet the needs of the underserved through various Summer Youth Jobs programs. Since 2014, in partnership with Ms. Tishaura Jones, the St. Louis City Treasurer, the credit union was able to assist with the delivery of financial literacy and products for programs that served youth learning construction trades, creating financial magazines and entering the workforce after recently being released from the prison system. As the program has grown, so has the need for a dedicated Financial Empowerment Specialist to provide more thorough and comprehensive financial literacy training.

While participants have opened 1199 accounts and saved over $40,516.06, there are many more area youth that have not been able to take advantage of these programs.

Michael Holmes, Executive Director of SLATE recently said, “Financial Literacy is an integral part of saving the lives of our young people. When we talk about job stability, pathways to prosperity, and supporting our youth into adulthood; financial literacy is vital!” Holmes went on to say, “Young people deserve an opportunity to open a checking and savings account. Young people deserve an opportunity to build good credit, create banking relationships, and prosper financially. I am happy to partner with an institution that understands the importance and able to provide products and services to meet the needs of this population.”

Ted Thornton, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, has seven years of teaching experience, most recently at Roosevelt High School as a TV and Radio teacher. Before he was hired at 1st Financial, Mr. Thornton worked as a Job Coach for the Urban League of Greater St. Louis.

Mentoring young adults at the Urban League helped Mr. Thornton develop a passion for serving the youth population of St. Louis. “Dealing with young people and speaking to them about financial empowerment is what drew me to this position,” said Mr. Thornton. “I know that young people don’t learn enough of this subject in their regular education and I feel that it is very important for their future success. The more we enlighten our children now, the easier it will be for them to create a better life for themselves.”

“Ted’s extensive background in Education and Community service makes him the perfect addition to our team,” said Tracy Verner, Community Development Manager at 1st Financial Federal Credit Union. “I have had the pleasure of watching Ted educate our Youth Build participants at MERS Goodwill as well as our youth at The Urban League through STL Youth Jobs. On both occasions he demonstrated the ability to successfully engage, educate, and build trust with the youth in our community.”

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

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About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like many credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. 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. 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 reasonable rates on loans and higher savings yields.

Today, with over 30,000 members and $204 million in assets, 1st Financial is able to serve anyone who lives, works (regularly does business in), worships or attends school in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County or St. Charles County. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government.

Not a credit union member? Visit www.TheBetterWayToBank.org for more information.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Partners with KidSmart to Support St. Louis Students and Teachers

September 30th, 20151st Financial Federal Credit Union served KidSmart-Tools for Learning in August as part of the Helping People 1st Grant program by collecting schools supplies and raising donations.

1st Financial created the Helping People 1st Grant to support non-profit organizations who are focused on housing, financial literacy, job training, or education efforts in the St. Louis area. In August, the Hazelwood Branch continued this program by serving KidSmart- Tools for Learning.

KidSmart empowers kids in need to succeed in school by providing free, essential tools for learning and is the only free educational supply store in Missouri that invites certified classroom teachers to “shop” and individualize the needs for every child in their classroom. KidSmart has relationships with several national chain stores and is able to use monetary donations to purchase seven times more schools supplies for needy students. Since opening in 2002, KidSmart has distributed more than $27 million in school supplies to more than 102,100 economically disadvantaged children in the area.

“1st Financial Federal Credit Union enjoys supporting KidSmart because they are helping our youth receive the tools that are necessary for a positive educational experience,” said Tanya Forsythe, Hazelwood Branch Manager.   “We know that all donations we are able to collect will be a valuable resource to helping children in need be more confident in the classroom.”

The North County Branch of 1st Financial spent August promoting KidSmart to members within the branch and while also holding fundraising events. To raise donations, the branch held a bake sale, a plant sale, a gift card raffle, and a Cardinals ticket raffle sponsored by Liberty Mutual. Additionally, 1st Financial employees held a month long school supply drive where they collected 446 items. On Thursday, September 10th, Hazelwood Branch Manager Tanya Forsythe presented KidSmart with a check for $1712.72.

“KidSmart- Tools for Learning, is a not-for-profit that provides free school supplies to St. Louis children in need,” said Linda Kilwin, Programs Manager with KidSmart- Tools for Learning. “Last year, KidSmart collected nearly 500,000 individual school supplies for area children. As the demand for school supplies this year increases, this donation from 1st Financial Federal Credit Union will make a difference in the lives of many local children. This is a community issue and a community effort is needed to help each child succeed. Thank you for your generosity and for your continued support. ”

For more information about KidSmart- Tools for Learning, please visit http://www.kidsmartstl.org/.

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

Pictured from left to right: Tanya Forsythe, Branch Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; Linda Kilwin, Programs Manager with KidSmart- Tools for Learning; Matthew Deane, Lead Financial Service Representative for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; and Pat Fennewald, Teller for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.

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About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like many credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. 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. 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 reasonable rates on loans and higher savings yields.

Today, with over 30,000 members and $204 million in assets, 1st Financial is able to serve anyone who lives, works (regularly does business in), worships or attends school in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County or St. Charles County. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government.

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1st Financial Federal Credit Union and STL Youth Jobs Program Celebrate 2nd Year of Summer Partnership

August 31st, 2015-1st Financial Federal Credit Union completes the second year of its partnership with the City of St. Louis and Treasurer Tishaura Jones as the financial literacy advocate for the Summer Youth Employment and Financial Capability Program.

According to the FDIC’s Economic Inclusion Survey, in 2013 29.3% of all Missouri households were considered either unbanked or underbanked while the national average was 27.7%.  High unbanked and underbanked percentages often have a direct influence on the poverty level of a region.   In order to combat this trend, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union partnered with STL Youth Jobs for their Summer Youth Employment and Financial Capabilities Program to serve the underbanked population of St. Louis.

The Summer Youth Employment and Financial Capability Program employs eligible youth between the ages of 16 and 24 from the middle of May through August.  Participants earn a competitive wage while building confidence, responsibility, references, soft skills, and financial literacySince May of 2014, 1st Financial has taught financial empowerment courses during orientation while covering topics including building credit, how payday lenders work, and the importance of having a savings.  Additionally, 1st Financial developed no fee checking and savings accounts specifically for STL Youth Jobs.

The accounts are linked to debit cards to promote ease of use and encourage saving behavior by offering direct deposit and automatic allocations to savings accounts.  To date, STL Youth Jobs participants have saved over $40,516.06 into 1199 accounts.

“The Summer Youth Jobs program has increased financial literacy among young employees,” said City of St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura O. Jones.  “Our partnership has provided free checking and saving accounts to every program participant.  We are giving youth the financial education needed to ensure that they have access to safe financial services and a solid foundation to save their money which will produce long-term residual effects.”

Lisa Potts of the St. Louis Unbanked Taskforce described her experience with STL Youth Jobs members where the youth created a Youth Financial magazine: On the Money STL.  “We were grateful to be able to participate in the Summer Jobs Program.  Starting from the ground up, our dream of creating a financially focused magazine for young adults came true in part because of the hard work of students from the program.”

She continued, saying “Our employees were highly capable, motivated and acted as leaders within our group.  They helped us promote our mission of financial literacy to their peers– helping to educate younger members of our community in order to build future generations of financially capable individuals. “

For more information about the Summer Youth Employment Program, please visit http://stlyouthjobs.org/.

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

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Pictured: Tracy Verner (left), Community Development Manager at 1st Financial Federal Credit Union and Carol Minges (right), Chief Executive Officer of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union with a STL Youth Jobs participant during orientation.

About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like many credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. 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. 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 reasonable rates on loans and higher savings yields.

Today, with over 30,000 members and $204 million in assets, 1st Financial is able to serve anyone who lives, works (regularly does business in), worships or attends school in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County or St. Charles County. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government.

Not a credit union member? Visit www.TheBetterWayToBank.org for more information.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Supports Housing Programs in St. Charles County with Habitat for Humanity

August 25th, 2015- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union served Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County in July 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 July, the St. Charles Branch continued this support by working with Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County.

To support Habitat for Humanity help fund low cost housing projects in the area, the St. Charles branch hosted multiple food days during July to promote Habitat while also collecting donations. Additionally, on Wednesday July 29th, a group of 1st Financial employees volunteered to work on a Habitat for Humanity build located in Wentzville. On Friday, August 7th, St. Charles Branch Manager Chuck Holmes presented a check totaling $818.66 to Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County.

“We are thankful for the partnership we have established with 1st Financial Federal Credit Union,” said Lauren Grotegeers, Resource Development Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County. “They are excellent and very hardworking volunteers on our construction sites and their donation will go to continue building simple, decent and affordable homes for our families in St. Charles County.”

Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County is a non-profit, independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Their employees are dedicated to building affordable housing for low income families. Habitat accomplishes this by constructing energy-efficient homes with the help of a volunteer workforce and supplementing their materials budget through donations and profits from their Re-Store.

For more information on Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County, please visit http://habitatstcharles.org/

For more information on 1st Financial Federal Credit Union and the credit union difference, please visit www.1stfinancialfcu.org or call (636) 916-8300.

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Pictured from Left to Right: Shelitta Hairlson, Contact Center Manager at 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; Chuck Holmes, St. Charles Branch Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; and Lauren Grotegeers, Resource Development Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County.

About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like many credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. 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. For more than 45 years, 1st Financial has provided members with a full line of dependable financial products and services which return profits to members in the form of reasonable rates on loans and higher savings yields.

Today, with over 30,000 members and $204 million in assets, 1st Financial is able to serve anyone who lives, works (regularly does business in), worships or attends school in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County or St. Charles County. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government.

Not a credit union member? Visit www.TheBetterWayToBank.org for more information.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Awards New Community Grant to Help Rebuild Homes in St. Louis

July 24, 2015- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union’s Your Community 1st Grant program has selected Vernon Mansfield and Blessings to Others to receive a $500 grant which will be used to support the creation of affordable housing for St. Louis area residents.

Because of the Helping People 1st Grant program, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union was able to help a large number of non-profits serve the St. Louis area in 2014, but many smaller scale operations still exist. In 2015, the 1st Financial Leadership team decided to expand their giving program and created the Your Community 1st Grant which focuses on individuals who are working for their community. Quarterly, 1st Financial will present a $500 donation to be used for an existing community need or certified 501(c)3 charitable organization or not for profit agency.

The latest recipient of the Your Community 1st Grant was chosen based on the severity of the need and willingness to work towards helping members of their community achieve personal or financial growth. (For example: Education, Housing, Financial Literacy, etc.) 1st Financial was excited to award the Your Community 1st Grant to Vernon Mansfield and Blessings to Others (BTO).

In his application, Mr. Mansfield spoke about using the grant to help provide a pipeline of rehabbed, quality, and affordable single family residences across the St. Louis region. By offering “Common Sense Rent” that is cost appropriate to each family and not based on generating profits while also providing ongoing life skills education and mentoring, Blessings to Others enhances the opportunity for real financial stability and strong family values which strengthen the St. Louis Community.

Funds from the grant will go directly to rehabilitation costs for a property at 5839 Ridge Avenue, St. Louis MO 63112. The staff at Blessings to Others estimates that a total of $7000 will be needed to complete repairs on the property.

“1st Financial’s philosophy of “people helping people”, their work in our community, and the help provided to people in need is sorely needed in today’s world,” said Mr. Mansfield. “BTO’s mission is to provide quality intermediate and affordable housing to individual families and strategic partners. We bridge the gap between transitional and permanent housing needs for individuals experiencing transformational change in their lives.”

He continued, saying “At BTO, we are so thankful and appreciative of 1st Financial’s community giving program. Their donation of $500 will enhance a community member’s ability to become financially stable.”

Branch Manager Tanya Forsythe presented the $500 Grant to Vernon Mansfield, Tim Grimmett, and Nancy Grimmett of Blessings to Others on Monday, July 20th 2015 at the 1st Financial Federal Credit Union Hazelwood Branch at 5916 N. Lindbergh.

For more information about Blessings to Others, please visit http://www.homebto.org/

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

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Pictured from Left to Right: Tanya Forsythe, Hazelwood Branch Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; Vernon Mansfield, Tim Grimmett, and Nancy Grimmett, of Blessings to Others.

About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like many credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. 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. 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 reasonable rates on loans and higher savings yields.

Today, with over 30,000 members and $204 million in assets, 1st Financial is able to serve anyone who lives, works (regularly does business in), worships or attends school in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County or St. Charles County. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government.

Not a credit union member? Visit www.TheBetterWayToBank.org for more information.

 


1st Financial Earns 2015 Top Workplaces Award

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Wentzville, MO. – July 8th, 2015 1st Financial Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of Top Workplaces in St. Louis for 2015.

The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with 45 major publishing partners across the United States. Over the past year, more than 6,000 organizations and 1 in every 88 employees in the U.S. have turned to WorkplaceDynamics to better understand what’s on the minds of their employees. Through its workplace improvement offerings, WorkplaceDynamics provides solutions, training and tools to help clients improve their workplace.

1st Financial employees praised the organization’s volunteer opportunities, positive working environment, and employee benefits program as reasons why 1st Financial was a Top Workplace.  1st Financial continued to build upon the success of its Helping People 1st Grant program as well as initiatives focusing on enhancing employee and member experience in 2015.

“I am honored to work beside such a great group of talented employees and I am delighted they agree that 1st Financial really is a great place to work,” said Carol Minges, Chief Executive Officer for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.

She continued saying, “It takes all of us working together to make a positive difference and our current team of employees is one of the best I have had the privilege of working with.”

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch published the complete list of Top Workplaces on June 28th. For more information about the Top Workplaces lists and WorkplaceDynamics, please visit http://www.topworkplaces.com/frontend.php/regional-list/about/stltoday.

For more information on 1st Financial Federal Credit Union and the credit union difference, please visit www.1stfinancialfcu.org or call (636) 916-8300.

About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like many credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. 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. 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 reasonable rates on loans and higher savings yields.

Today, with over 30,000 members and $204 million in assets, 1st Financial is able to serve anyone who lives, works (regularly does business in*), worships or attends school in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County or St. Charles County. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government.

Not a credit union member? Visit www.TheBetterWayToBank.org for more information.

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1st Financial Federal Credit Union Serves Residents of St. Charles by Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County

June 18th, 2015- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union served Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County in May as a part of its Helping People 1st Grant Program.  

1st Financial created the Helping People 1st Grant to support non-profit organizations who are focused on housing, financial literacy, job training, or education efforts in the St. Louis area. In May, the Wentzville Branch continued this support by working with Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County.

Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County is a non-profit, independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International.  Their employees are dedicated to building affordable housing for low income families.  Habitat accomplishes this by constructing energy-efficient homes with the help of a volunteer workforce and supplementing their materials budget through donations and profits from their Re-Store located in St. Peters.

Since 1996, Habitat volunteers have built 63 homes and helped over 250 family members begin a new life as homeowners and members of our community, rooted in their neighborhoods.

To support Habitat and raise donations for their programs, the Wentzville branch hosted a summer themed basket raffle throughout the month.  On Wednesday, May 13th, 1st Financial volunteered at a build site in St. Charles County and helped paint doors, aerated a backyard, and added trim to windows.  On Wednesday, June 3th Wentzville Branch Manager Pat Johnson presented a check totaling $719.19 to Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County.

“The volunteers from 1st Financial Federal Credit Union were terrific! From painting to helping in the yard, they were up for anything and were great at it,” said Lauren Grotegeers, Resource Development Coordinator at Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County.  “We are so thankful for their partnership and look forward to more builds together”.

For more information on Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County, please visit http://habitatstcharles.org/

For more information on 1st Financial Federal Credit Union and the credit union difference, please visit www.1stfinancialfcu.org or call (636) 916-8300.

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Pictured from Left to Right: Janie Richardson, teller for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; Kacie Alexander, Executive Assistant at 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; Pat Johnson, Wentzville Branch Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; Lauren Grotegeers, Resource Development Coordinator at Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County; and Michelle Woods, Homeowner Support Manager at Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County.

About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like many credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. 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. 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 reasonable rates on loans and higher savings yields.

Today, with over 30,000 members and $204 million in assets, 1st Financial is able to serve anyone who lives, works (regularly does business in*), worships or attends school in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County or St. Charles County. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government.

Not a credit union member? Visit www.TheBetterWayToBank.org for more information.

 

 


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Members Re-Elect Board Members

June 1st, 2015 –1st Financial Federal Credit Union members elected three volunteers to the 1st Financial Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting.

The Annual Meeting gives 1st Financial members the opportunity to directly affect the credit union’s direction by electing volunteers to the Board of Directors.  On Tuesday, April 28th, Jim Combs, Robert Rutkowski, and Paul Sikorski were elected to champion the interests of their fellow members.

“The annual meeting is an important part of what makes credit union cooperatives so unique, said Carol Minges, Chief Executive Officer for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.  ”Members get an opportunity to come and vote for the individuals that they would like to represent them in decisions that determine the direction of the credit union.”

She continued, saying “I was pleased to see so many talented candidates that were interested in volunteering their time to help provide governance and oversight to our credit union.”

Jim Combs has been a 1st Financial member for twelve years.  He is currently retired.  Mr. Combs has been a member of the 1st Financial Board of Directors for the past six years and served as Board Chairman since 2011.  Mr. Combs has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and a Masters Degree in Human Resources.  He also serves on the Veterans Commission in O’Fallon and the Transportation Commission in St. Charles County.

Robert Rutkowski has been a 1st Financial member for four years.  He is currently retired.  Mr. Rutkowski worked at Boeing where he was an Aeronautical Engineer for 41 years.  Mr. Rutkowski also served in the US Air Force and the Air National Guard for 30 years.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering and has been a pilot for 52 years.  Mr. Rutkowski has been an active member of the 1st Financial Board of Directors for the past four years.

Paul Sikorski has been a 1st Financial member for thirty three years.  Mr. Sikorski is retired from Boeing where he was an Aeronautical Engineer for thirty seven years and served as a Lieutenant/Colonel in the Missouri Air National Guard for twenty years.  Mr. Sikorski holds a Bachelors degree in Aeronautical Engineering and holds a Masters degree in Business Administration.  Mr. Sikorski has been on the 1st Financial Board of Directors for the past twelve years and has served as Board Secretary for the past three years.

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About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like many credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. 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. 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 reasonable rates on loans and higher savings yields.

Today, with over 30,000 members and nearly $200 million in assets, 1st Financial is able to serve anyone who lives, works (regularly does business in*), worships or attends school in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County or St. Charles County. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government.

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