1st Financial Federal Credit Union Volunteers for Connections to Success in March

May 18th, 2015- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union Continued its Helping People 1st Grant program in March by partnering with Connections to Success to support job training efforts in the St. Louis area.

Connections to Success is a non-profit agency with offices in St. Charles, St. Louis, and Kansas City working to break the cycle of poverty through hope, resources, and a plan.  Connections to Success provides educational programs, job placement resources, and mentoring for men and women.

During March, the 1st Financial Federal Credit Union branch in St. Charles held a bake sale, collected used professional clothing, held two gift basket raffles, and hosted the Connections to Success mobile Mystique Boutique in the St. Charles Branch parking lot.

On Thursday, March 26th, 1st Financial employees volunteered their time by helping out with office work, sorting clothing donations onto racks, and wrapping bakery items at the Connections to Success offices at 3000 Little Hills Expressway in St. Charles.   On Friday, April 17th, St. Charles Branch Manager Chuck Holmes presented a check to Kathy Lambert, CEO at Connections to Success, for $821.16.

The Helping People 1st Grant program was created to make a positive impact on the St. Louis area.  As part of the credit union philosophy of “people helping people,” this program was created to support nonprofit organizations that work to encourage growth in Education, Housing, Financial Literacy, or Job Training within the community.

“1st Financial Federal Credit Union is a true partner that has invested their hearts and time into working hands on with our families,” said Kathy Lambert, Chief Executive Officer for Connections to Success. “We are truly honored to be selected as a grant recipient and will be using the funds to continue to build our financial education programming for families to begin saving for their children’s education.”

For more information on Connections to Success, please visit www.connectionstosuccess.org

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

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Pictured from Right to Left: Shelitta Hairlson, Contact Center Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; Lynda Keeton, Event Coordinator for Connections to Success; Kathy Lambert, Chief Executive Officer for Connections to Success; Kathleen Grant, Volunteer and Mentor Coordinator; Marcy Bursac,  Senior Director of Resource Development; and Chuck Holmes, St. Charles Branch Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.

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.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Supports the MCUCF on Give STL Day

May 5th, 2015- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union is celebrating Give STL Day by challenging area credit unions to donate to the Missouri Credit Union Charitable Foundation. 

Give STL Day is a 24-hour giving event that gives St. Louisians the opportunity to donate to the nonprofits working on the causes that directly affect their community.  More than 790 nonprofit organizations have signed up to participate on May 5th 2015, including the Missouri Credit Union Charitable Foundation or MCUCF.

The MCUCF is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that supports educational and charitable opportunities for credit unions and the communities they serve.  Their efforts include:

  • Champions of Literacy- a program which supports financial literacy efforts throughout Missouri through High School Reality Fairs.
  • Support for Credit Unions-provides thousands of dollars in scholarships for training credit union professionals statewide.
  • CUAid- delivers financial assistance to areas affected by natural disasters.
  • Credit Unions for Kids-raises funds and promotes Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals throughout Missouri.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union is donating $1000 to the MCUCF so these vital services remain available to the citizens of Missouri.  In order to further help the MCUCF, 1st Financial is asking area credit unions to also pledge a $1000 donation to the MCUCF on May 5th.

“We are proud to support MCUCF,” said Michelle Rosner, Chief Lending Officer for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.  “Our donation will help MCUCF continue to offer financial education programs to high school students, provide scholarships to smaller credit unions and offer support for credit union community development programs throughout the state of Missouri.”

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Pictured from left to right: Michelle Rosner, Chief Lending Officer for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union and Maria Langston, Executive Director for the MCUCF.

For more information about MCUCF, please visit https://www.mcua.org/charitable

For more information about Give STL Day, please visit https://givestlday.org/

For more information on 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, please visit www.TheBetterWayToBank.org or call (636) 916-8300.

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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.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union works to provide St. Louis youth with access to a college education

May 4th, 2015- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union announces partnership with the City of St. Louis Treasury Office to create accounts for their College Kids Savings Account Program while promoting the service during GiveSTL Day on May 5th, a 24-hour giving event focused on making a St. Louis impact by funding local non-profit organizations.

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The City of St. Louis Treasurer’s Office has developed an innovative program to promote college savings and financial literacy for the city’s youth through the “College Kids” Children’s Savings Account Program.

College Kids’ purpose is to provide all kindergarteners enrolling in St. Louis Public Schools and St. Louis City charter schools with a savings account for postsecondary education, which will help make postsecondary education an option for everyone in St. Louis.  A $50 deposit funded by the Treasurer’s Office for each student will get the program started.   College Kids will launch in the fall for the 2015-2016 school year with approximately 3,500 incoming kindergartners receiving accounts.

To get the College Kids program additional resources and funding, the City of St. Louis is working with the 1:1 Fund for GiveSTL Day on May 5th.  Since launching in 2012, the 1:1 Fund has helped local child savings programs raise over $845K in matching funds, attracting 500+ donors and 24,000+ web visitors.

Through digital and offline fundraising efforts with the 1:1 Fund, College Kids will raise critical matching incentives to get families emotionally invested in this wonderful program.  These incentives include:

  • Weekly Perfect Attendance: Students can earn $1/week during the school year for attending school and arriving on time for each day of school in session that week.
  • Smart Saver: Deposits of at least $10 monthly will receive a $10 monthly match. The maximum for this incentive will be $100.
  • Financial Education: Parents and guardians are able to earn an additional $50 in contributions by completing financial education courses in-person, online through Wells Fargo Hands on Banking® and through the College Kids smartphone app.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union was chosen by the City of St. Louis Treasurer’s Office to open accounts and provide ongoing banking engagement for the program.  1st Financial will promote this partnership in branches and on social media during GiveSTL Day.

“We are determined to do whatever we can to help the children of St. Louis have access to post-secondary education,” said Tishaura Jones, Treasurer of the City of St. Louis.  “This is available to any family, no matter their socio-economic background.  “We created this college savings program because it is the government’s responsibility to invest in its citizens, and that includes our children.  Children want an opportunity to have a future and we are determined to help give them a future.”

She continued, saying “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.”

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Pictured: Tishaura Jones, Treasurer of the City of St. Louis 

For more information on the College Kids Savings Program, please visit www.stlofe.org/collegekids

For more information on GiveSTL Day, please visit https://givestlday.org/#home

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 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.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union CEO Carol Minges Honored with Local Award

April 14, 2015- Carol Minges, CEO of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, was selected to the Small Business Monthly’s Top 100 People to Know in Business list at their annual luncheon on April 8th. 

Small Business Monthly publishes their Top 100 People to Know in Business list and honors the winners with an awards luncheon annually.  The chosen recipients are selected by a group of community leaders and are recognized for their contributions to business within the St. Louis community.

Carol Minges has called 1st Financial Federal Credit Union home for almost seven years.  Before she took over as Chief Executive Officer on an interim basis in November of 2013 and officially in June of 2014, Carol spent five and a half years as 1st Financial’s Chief Information Officer.

During her tenure, 1st Financial has experienced a drastic culture shift, emphasizing the credit union philosophy of “people helping people.”  While CEO, 1st Financial was chosen as one of the Best Workplaces in St. Louis for 2014 by the St. Louis Post Dispatch, started multiple initiatives to improve health and productivity within the branches, and launched a successful community presence program with the goal of assisting the underserved and underbanked population of St. Louis.

This program includes community grant programs which donated $15,624.65 to St. Louis non-profits, a paid employee volunteer program which allowed 1st Financial employees to work over 460 volunteer hours, and a partnership with the Saint Louis Agency on Training and Employment and Tishaura Jones, the Treasurer of the City of St. Louis.  Carol’s vision will ensure that St. Louis becomes one of the least underbanked major cities in the United States and promises future city school graduates the choice to go to college.

“Since Carol has taken over leadership of our organization, we have been given a vision and the necessary resources to create real change for our communities,” said Laura Woods, Vice President of Marketing and Community Presence.  “She holds us accountable every day to make decisions that better ourselves and the people we serve.”

She continued, saying “For her, it’s not lip service.  We are all proud to be on her team and excited to see her receive this honor.”

Carol holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in Information Systems, Information Technology and Business.  Before moving to 1st Financial, Carol’s experience included eleven years with FORUM Credit Union in Indianapolis, IN, serving in several operations and technology roles, as well as five years with Arsenal Credit Union in St. Louis.

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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 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.


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Calling on Members to Volunteer in the Community

April 10, 2015- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union is organizing volunteer opportunities for the community.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union created the Helping People 1st Grant to help St. Louis by promoting, fundraising, and volunteering for 501 (c) 3 charities who are working to improve Education, Job Training, Financial Literacy, and Housing in the region.

In 2014, 1st Financial employees volunteered 462 hours and presented $15,624.65 to serve the community.  While these efforts have done a lot for the area, the 1st Financial Leadership Team recognized the need for a larger group of volunteers to achieve real, meaningful results.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union is opening up its volunteer days to community members who want to help serve alongside 1st Financial employees. 

“As we continue to use our resources to help build our communities, we must recognize that our most valuable assets are people-credit union people,” said Tracy Verner, Brand Ambassador for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.  “Our members and employees are some of the most caring people I know.  I experienced our employees’ passion first-hand with almost 500 hours of service last year!”

She continued, saying, “This year we want to make a greater impact and this can only be done by inviting other people who care just as much about the community as we do-our members!  I am thrilled to volunteer alongside of our members and I cannot wait to see the great things we will accomplish together.”

Volunteers will be asked to fill out a Liability Release Form from the branches or www.1stfinancialfcu.org. Completed forms will be sent to the Marketing Department prior to the volunteer day.

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 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.

 


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Helps St. Louis Children by Serving the Little Bit Foundation

March 30th, 2015- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union Continued its Helping People 1st Grant program in February by partnering with The Little Bit Foundation to support disadvantaged children in the St. Louis area.

As part of the vision of “helping our members achieve their financial dreams”, 1st Financial created the Helping People 1st Grant to support organizations who are working to help members of the community achieve personal or financial growth in the areas of housing, financial literacy, job training, or education.

The Little Bit Foundation (Little Bit) was founded in 2001 and has grown into an organization serving 5,000 elementary and middle school students in 17 St. Louis area schools. Ninety to 100 percent of the students in Little Bit schools are at or near the poverty level.

Little Bit is committed to helping disadvantaged school children by creating a positive impact for personal growth, increasing self-esteem and encouraging a more focused and active learning environment. Little Bit volunteers do this by building strong relationships and partnering closely with St. Louis schools.

The Downtown branch promoted Little Bits in February by holding multiple baked sales and basket raffles.  On February 19th, 1st Financial employees spent a day volunteering on site unpacking and folding clothing donations.  On March 6th, Downtown branch employees presented a check totaling $1750.25.

“This February, the great team from 1st Financial was able to unpack an entire skid of uniform shirts in record time,” said Lucy England, Volunteer Manager for The Little Bit Foundation. “They worked together to ensure that over 1,000 uniform shirts were taken out of their packaging and put on the pick lines for the volunteers to use when filling orders.”

She continued, saying- “Because of their hard work, 500 children will have their uniform shirts ready to go for spring! We really appreciate everything 1st Financial has done for us and we cannot wait to continue to grow this relationship!”

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Pictured from Left to Right: Erin Lee, Development Manager for The Little Bit Foundation; Kathy Riggs, Teller for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; Karen Neel, Downtown Branch Manager for 1st Financial, Sue Brush, Teller for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; and Lucy England, Volunteer Manager for The Little Bit Foundation.

For more information on The Little Bit Foundation, please visit http://www.thelittlebitfoundation.org/index.html

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

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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.

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1st Financial Federal Credit Union Creates New Community Grant to Benefit the St. Louis Area

March 17, 2015- The Your Community 1st Grant program will give 1st Financial Federal Credit Union additional opportunities to support the St. Louis area through non-profit giving.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union created the Helping People 1st Grant in 2014 to make a positive impact on the St. Louis community.  1st Financial uses this program to work with 501(c)3 non-profit organizations that actively help the St. Louis area by providing resources for housing, financial literacy, job training, or education.

While the Helping People 1st has been a success, there are still many other deserving causes that need support from the community.  As a part of their vision of “helping our members achieve their financial dreams”, 1st Financial has created a new community giving program to help out a greater percentage of the St. Louis area. The “Your Community 1st Grant” will create new opportunities for supporting areas of need while showcasing the work these non-profits do in the region.

One member each quarter will receive a $500 donation from the credit union, to be used towards a need or organization that is doing work to help members of their community achieve personal or financial growth. (For example: Education, housing, financial literacy, etc.).  The member will work together with 1st Financial to decide how the funds could best be used to maximize the effect.

“We work hard to find our nonprofit organizations that are strategically helping with jobs, education, housing, and financial literacy and form amazing relationships because we want to strengthen the community,” said Tracy Verner, Brand Ambassador for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.  “The Helping People 1st Grant has given us wonderful opportunities to work for amazing causes.  This new program helps us develop new partnerships with passionate individuals who fill a need in the community.”

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

(Featured in Photo: R to L- Nicole Alsop, Tracy Verner, Tanya Forsythe, Chantell Fisk, Dave Franke, Dan Goeke, Darcie Brand, Pa Johnson, Taylor Brookshire, and Gina Wright of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union)

Pictured from right to left: Nicole Alsop, Tracy Verner, Tanya Forsythe, Chantell Fisk, Dave Franke, Dan Goeke, Darcie Brand, Pat Johnson, Taylor Brookshire, and Gina Wright of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.

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.

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1st Financial Federal Credit Union Supports Connections to Success by Empowering the Unemployed in North St. Louis City

February 24, 2015- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union and the Renaissance St. Louis Marriott partner with Connections to Success St. Louis to teach interviewing skills and support job training in north St. Louis City. 

With offices in St. Charles, St. Louis, and Kansas City, Connections to Success is a nonprofit agency working to break the cycle of poverty through hope, resources, and a plan.  Connections to Success works in its affiliate cities to provide educational programs, job placement resources, and mentoring for men and women.

On February 3rd, 1st Financial volunteers including CEO Carol Minges, St. Charles Branch Manager Chuck Holmes, and Vice President of Marketing and Community Presence Laura Woods held mock interviews for current clients of the Connections to Success St. Louis facility on North Florissant.  Managers of the Renaissance St. Louis Marriott were also on hand to teach interview skills and find potential employee candidates.

The managers met with interviewees and provided them with sample questions and gave immediate feedback.  At the end of the exercise, the managers took part in a Q and A information session where they praised the students for their professional appearance and confident demeanors.

“Your presence was a tremendous asset and helped our participants become more comfortable with, and knowledgeable of, the interview process, said Chris Pate, Life Transformation Coach at Connections to Success.  “I proudly watched as the participants approached potential employers with confidence in their ability to make a great first impression.  Thanks, so much, for your willingness to lend a helping hand and for caring enough to help and facilitate the mock interviews.”

1st Financial Federal Credit Union, like all credit unions, was built on the foundation of “people helping people”.  Credit union leaders have encouraged 1st Financial employees to volunteer within their communities as a way of continuing this heritage.

“As a credit union our passion is helping our community by promoting financial stability,” said Tracy Verner, Brand Ambassador for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.  “Our partnership with Connections to Success exemplifies this perfectly.  Every time we work with this organization I am inspired by the dedication of the staff and the determination of the Graduates!”

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Pictured from left to right- Shelitta Hairlson, Contact Center Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, Laura Woods, Vice President of Marketing and Community Presence for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, Carol Minges, CEO for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, Chuck Holmes, St. Charles Branch Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, Heather Schotting, Senior Event Manager for the Renaissance St. Louis Marriott, and Dorcia Lemon, Director of Housekeeping for the Renaissance St. Louis Marriott.

For more information on Connections to Success, please visit www.connectionstosuccess.org

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

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. ###


1st Financial Federal Credit Union Works with Junior Achievement to Teach Financial Literacy to Wentzville Students

December 19th, 2014- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union employees took part in Junior Achievement’s “J.A. Our Community” program to teach Financial Literacy at Heritage Primary school in Wentzville.

Promoting financial literacy within the community is one of the ways 1st Financial Federal Credit Union strives toward its vision of “helping people achieve their financial dreams.”  While financial seminars and informational brochures fill in the gaps of adult’s financial knowledge, encouraging financial education for youth enhances their chances to have a successful future.  In order to establish this foundation, 1st Financial is partnered with Junior Achievement in the month of November.

Since 1919, Junior Achievement is guided by core values which include a belief in the boundless potential of young people, a commitment to the principles of market-based economics and entrepreneurship, and a conviction in the educational and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning.

On November 25th, 1st Financial employees taught the “J.A. Our Community” curriculum to eight classrooms at Heritage Primary School in Wentzville, MO. This program, which focuses on teaching students money management skills, jobs, the role of government in finance, and the importance of voting within the community helps develop math skills, increases vocabulary, and career awareness.

“The time spent by 1st Financial employees in the classroom at Heritage Primary was greatly appreciated,” said Tracie Roberson, Program Manager for Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis. “By sharing their experiences, skills, and abilities through the JA Programs, students were able to connect what they were learning about in school to their future.”

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Pictured from left to right: Ashley Fetsch, Kacie Alexander, Katie LaCroix, Chantell Fisk, Tracy Verner, Joy Verner, Matthew Deane, Nicole Alsop, TarAnn Barrett, and Dan Goeke, of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.

For more information on Junior Achievement, please visit www.juniorachievement.org

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

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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.

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1st Financial Federal Credit Union Offers Support to at-risk Youth in St. Louis

December 17th, 2014- 1st Financial Federal Credit Union Continued its Helping People 1st Grant program in November by working with Youth in Need to continue crisis relief programs for youth in St. Charles, MO.

As part of the vision of “helping our members achieve their financial dreams”, 1st Financial created the Helping People 1st Grant to support organizations who are working to help members of the community achieve personal or financial success in the areas of housing, financial literacy, job training, or education. Because of their work with transitional housing and job readiness, the St. Charles branch chose to support Youth in Need in November.

Youth In Need is a nonprofit child and family services agency, headquartered in St. Charles, Mo. Youth In Need is dedicated to building positive futures for the community’s most vulnerable children, teens and families and has served the St. Louis area since 1974. Today, Youth in Need serves over 1600 children, teens, and families in six counties through educational, development, counseling, and residential treatment initiatives.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union employees volunteered at Youth in Need’s main office in St. Charles.  The employees spent the day accepting holiday gift donations, sorting toys, and distributing them out to various area locations.  The St. Charles branch of 1st Financial also accepted donations from employees and members while also promoting Youth in Need to members inside the lobby.

In addition to the fundraising efforts within the branch, 1st Financial added $500 to the overall contribution as a part of the Helping People 1st Grant.  On December 11th, 1st Financial employees presented a check totaling $610.50.

“We were very excited to help raise awareness and collect funds for such a remarkable organization, said Chuck Holmes, Branch Manager at the St. Charles location.  “I would like to thank everyone for their donations and all the volunteers that were able to come out and support this amazing organization.”

“We’re so grateful for this wonderful donation from 1st Financial Federal Credit Union and its members,” said Rob Muschany, Vice President of Development and Marketing, Youth In Need.  “Community support is essential to our daily mission of building on the strengths of the children and families we serve and helping them find safety, hope and success.”

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Pictured from left to right: Tracy Verner, Brand Ambassador for 1st Financial; Kaye McMullin of 1st Financial; Shelitta Hairlson of 1st Financial; Robert Mueschany, Vice President of Development and Marketing, Youth In Need; Chuck Holmes, Branch Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, Toni Gaskin of 1st Financial; and Carol Minges,  CEO of 1st Financial.

For more information on The Little Bit Foundation, please visit www.thelittlebitfoundation.org

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

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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.