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 and Bruce Franks Empower Local Youth

bruce1St. Louis, MO – “There are so many challenges and barriers in the world; it’s going to take unity to better our environment,” said Bruce Franks, Missouri State Representative.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), awarded their quarterly community grant to 1st Financial member, Bruce Franks, to support his efforts to strengthen the community through youth empowerment and economic growth through 28 to Life.

“28 to Life is dedicated to bringing out the Super Hero in everyone, especially our youth,” said Franks. “Super Heroes do two things: they save those who don’t want to be saved, and they often save those who didn’t know they needed to be saved.”

In 2015, 28 to Life started as a gun-violence prevention organization. Today, the organization has shifted focus to mentoring, job development, education, and the financial empowerment. The organization has helped over 2,000 young people in St. Louis.

With the $500 Community Grant, Franks plans to use the money to host their first teen summit in 2017. This summit is a series that will bring together youth, local law enforcement, community partners, and community leaders.

“The Summit serves as a tool to bridge gaps between the youth and law enforcement, as well as activist and politics,” said Franks.

“Our community grant empowers our members with a financial investment to use toward their good work. Bruce is undertaking work that truly embodies the Credit Union philosophy of people helping people! Bruce’s efforts as the founder of 28 to Life and 1st Financial’s community development activities intersect often so I can appreciate first-hand the impact the grant money will make,” said Tracy Verner, Community Development Manager at 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.

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

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About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

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 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.


Two Little Girls Use Birthday Party to Help Local Credit Union with School Supply Drive

Wentzville, MO –Two little girls with big hearts, Kenley and her friend Evelyn, recently saw 1st Financial Federal Credit Union gather school supplies for local and children decided to help.

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 KidSmart Tools for Learning in the month of August to raise awareness, volunteer, and host school supply drives throughout the St. Louis area. The credit union also offered a small grant of $505.00 and received generous donations of school supplies from members and employees.

There was one young member, in particular, and her friends, who decided to do something very unique to help KidSmart and 1st Financial Federal Credit Union with their efforts.

Kenley, a 5 year old member of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, capitalized on an upcoming birthday party, which she was sharing and hosting with her friend, Evelyn, by asking her guests to bring a donation of school supplies in lieu of gifts. Kenley’s friends brought everything from pencils to backpacks. When Kenley was asked why she wanted to host the school supply drive, she stated, “I wanted to help kids who didn’t have stuff for school. Kids need stuff to help them learn.”Two girls hosting school supply drive

KidSmart Tools for Learning opened in 2002 and is continuously growing every day. The mission of KidSmart, is to ensure that children and their classrooms in the Greater Metropolitan Saint Louis Area have the basic tools for learning by transferring, at no cost, the community’s surplus supplies and merchandise into the hands of teachers for school children in need.

Kacie Alexander, the mother of Kenley and the Executive Assistant at 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, stated, “As an employee, I am proud to be part of an organization that empowers and encourages us to make a difference in the communities we serve. As a member, I appreciate the opportunity to not only teach my daughter important financial skills through the CUbby Kids Club program, but also the importance of giving back and helping others.  For our family, being a part of 1st Financial is rewarding on so many levels.”

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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.


Jobs Plus Program and Local Credit Union Helps Students Prepare for School Year

St. Louis, 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, has partnered with the Jobs Plus Program to help over 90 youth prepare for the upcoming school year.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union donated a small grant of $500 to fill over 90 backpacks with school supplies and purchase school uniforms for the youth of Clinton-Peabody housing development. Tracy Verner, Community Development Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, stated, “This was such an incredible event to be a part of! The youth and their parents were so beyond thankful for our time and our gifts.” Tracy continued to say, “Jobs plus does amazing work. To be able to partner with this organization on this event was wonderful.” The Jobs Plus Program and 1st Financial have been partners since 2015 as they provide comprehensive financial literacy to residents of the Clinton-Peabody Housing Development.

Jobs Plus is a 4-year HUD grant administered through the St. Louis Housing Authority and SLATE American Job Center to support job development, training, employment, supportive services, income incentives, and community support for residents of the Clinton-Peabody Housing Development.1stFin_JobsPlus_BackToSchool_2

Stacy Fowler, Manager of Special Projects department said, “We are so grateful to 1st Financial Federal Credit Union for providing the Jobs Plus Program with a $500 grant to purchase Clinton-Peabody students with needed school supplies.” Stacy continued to say, “As a community partner, 1st Financial has been exceptionally supportive of our efforts to serve and empower residents of the Clinton-Peabody community through on-site financial literacy workshops, donations, and networking opportunities.”

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 $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.1stFin_JobsPlus_BackToSchool


St. Charles City-County Library Foundation and Local Credit Union Work Together to Promote Literacy

St. Charles, 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, has partnered with St. Charles City-County Library Foundation.

The St. Charles City-County Library Foundation, established in 1999, has a mission, “To ensure excellent library programs, services, and facilities for all people by developing and encouraging community investment and participation, today and tomorrow.”

1st Financial Federal Credit Union, through their Helping People 1st Grant program, awarded a small grant of $524.58 to St. Charles City-County Library Foundation.  The St. Charles Branch of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union also hosted a month long book drive and was able to collect over 100 books for the Foundation.

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Joe Krebs, Treasurer of the Friends of the Library annual Book Fair, and proud supporter of St. Charles City-County Library Foundation, stated, “Our focus is twofold; to raise funds to support the many programs of the St. Charles City-County Library District and to promote literacy in the local community by making books available at a reasonable cost.” Mr. Krebs continued his statement by saying, “We are able to do this through support of our many volunteers and local businesses such as 1st Financial Federal Credit Union. We sincerely appreciate both the time donated at the fair and their financial support.”

Chuck Holmes, Branch Manager of the St. Charles stated, “St. Charles City-County Library Foundation was a remarkable organization to work with. Our employees volunteered over 40 hours to help set up for their annual book fair.” Chuck Holmes continued to say, “I thoroughly enjoyed and loved being a part of this opportunity to help out the community and look forward to working with St. Charles City-County Library Foundation again the future.”

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 $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.Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset


The Little Bit Foundation and Local Credit Union Tackle Upcoming School Year Together

St. Louis, 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, has partnered with The Little Bit Foundation to provide students with school uniforms, lunches, and hygiene products.

The Little Bit Foundation has been impacting the lives and education of local St. Louis youth since 2001 with a commitment, “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.” June, marks the third year The Little Bit Foundation and 1st Financial Federal Credit Union have worked together to make a difference in the local community.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union presented a small grant of $653.50 to The Little Bit Foundation through the Helping People 1st Grant program. In the month of June, employees of 1st Financial were also able to volunteer over 30 hours at the Little Bit Foundation’s warehouse preparing bags full of goodies for the next school year.

In conjunction with the Helping People 1st Grant, the Downtown branch of 1st Financial, hosted bake sales every Friday and raffled off tickets to raise additional funds during the month of June. Jamila Robinson, a Financial Service Representative for 1st Financial, stated, “1st Financial Federal Credit Union is doing our part to support The Little Bit Foundation with their efforts to help school age children in the city of St. Louis. Throughout the month of June, we are committed to raising awareness about this great cause within our community and within our organization. By way of bake sales, donations, raffle entries, and volunteer opportunities we have successfully brought a little bit of everything to make a difference.”

Stacy Lupo, Communications Director of The Little Bit Foundation stated, “We are so grateful for the generous gifts of 1st Financial and its employees. Through the support of community-minded organizations, such as 1st Financial, The Little Bit Foundation is able to expand our reach and make a positive impact on the lives of children in the St. Louis region.”

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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.helpingPeople1st_littleBits_checkPres_1


Habitat for Humanity and Local Credit Union Build Foundation for a Local Family

St. Charles, 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, has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to help build a home for a deserving family in the St. Charles County area.

Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County, a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, has been building homes in the St. Charles area for 18 years. The volunteer organization has been able to reach out and help, “Over 250 family members begin a new life as homeowners and members of [their] community, rooted in their neighborhoods.” 1st Financial is a proud partner of Habitat for Humanity as they pursue their mission and continue making an impact in the local community.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union awarded a small grant of $1,141.65 to Habitat for Humanity through the Helping People 1st grant program. The Wentzville branch of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, in the month of May, raised funds by raffling off gift baskets and hosting two bake sales. Employees of 1st Financial also had the opportunity to volunteer over 50 hours at the local Habitat for Humanity construction site.

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Lauren Grotegeers, Resource Development Coordinator at Habitat for Humanity, stated, “We appreciate the continued support from 1st Financial Federal Credit Union on our construction sites and in fundraising for our builds. We love to have sponsors be hands on with our mission.”

The employees of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union believe that a sustainable, solid household is one of the most important foundations in which a healthy financial future can be built on. Pat Johnson, Branch Manager of the Wentzville branch of 1st Financial, was quoted as saying, “Everyone should have a place to call home.” She continued to say, “Our volunteer day was very rewarding. We helped build not just build a house, but a home for a family in need. It is so worth it whenever we can break the cycle of poverty and build security for a family.”

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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.