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!”
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. ###