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Press Release November 9th, 2009

1st Financial Federal Credit Union Partners International Credit Union Day with Fundraiser for Local Charity

1st Financial Federal Credit Union located in St. Charles, Hazelwood, downtown St. Louis, and Wentzville celebrated International Credit Union Day on October 15, 2009 to recognize the cooperative effort of the credit union movement across the globe. Every October, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union customarily celebrates International Credit Union Day with giveaways, themed events and food for members in each of the branches. In addition to these fun events to commemorate the credit union difference, this year 1st Financial created a vacation raffle with all proceeds benefiting the local charity, Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc.

According to Marcia Rodriguez, Community Relations Coordinator at 1st Financial, "Share is an organization that has positively affected several of our employees and members. Community involvement is a core value at 1st Financial and being able to support such an amazing resource to the St. Louis area means a lot to those of us who cherish the work they do to help women suffering from the tragic loss of a child."

For several weeks leading up to International Credit Union Day, members and employees were given the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets in an effort to win a 3 day vacation with the option of a cruise, golfing expedition or sporting event weekend. Through this fundraising effort, 1st Financial was able to raise several hundred dollars for a donation to Share and provide a nice vacation package to a 1st Financial member.

The mission of Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc. is to serve those whose lives are touched by the tragic death of a baby through pregnancy loss, stillbirth or in the first few months of life. The primary purpose is to provide support toward positive resolution of grief experienced at the time of, or following the death of a baby. This support encompasses emotional, physical, spiritual, and social healing, as well as sustaining the family unit. Share sets to provide information, education, and resources on the needs and rights of bereaved parents and siblings. The objective is to aid those in the community, including family, friends, employers, members of the congregation, caregivers, and others in their supportive role.

About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

1st Financial Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative with over 30,000 members and $230 million in assets, committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. For over 40 years, 1st Financial has provided members with a full line of dependable financial products and services which return profits to the member in the form of lower rates on loans and higher savings yields.

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, 1st Financial is a full service financial institution dedicated to helping our members achieve their financial dreams. We serve those who live, work, worship, attend school in or regularly do business in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Charles County, Missouri and a wide array of companies throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government.


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