September 30th, 2015–1st 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.
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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