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Press Release May 10th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Michelle Rosner
mrosner@1stfinancialfcu.org
636-916-8339

Children's Miracle Network Receives Credit Union Donation

St. Louis, MO (May 10, 2011) –Five credit unions active in the St. Louis Chapter of Credit Unions opened 281 new youth accounts during April and made a combined donation of $2,030 to Children's Miracle Network of Greater St. Louis. As a way to promote youth financial literacy during Credit Union Youth Month, the five credit unions, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, Alliance Credit Union, Arsenal Credit Union, Electro Savings Credit Union and Vantage Credit committed to donate $5 for each new youth account opened at their credit unions during April. One credit union, Electro Savings also committed to donate $5 for each $50 or more deposit made into existing youth accounts during the month.


Maria Langston (Children's Miracle Network of Greater St. Louis), Lori Crutchley (Arsenal Credit Union), Christopher Armstrong (Children's Miracle Network Ambassador), Lisa Farnen (Electro Savings Credit Union) and Michelle Rosner (1st Financial Federal Credit Union). Not available for the photo were representatives from Alliance Credit Union and Vantage Credit Union)

"Credit Union Youth Month is an important part of our mission as a credit union because it supports financial education for youth and benefits CMN of Greater St. Louis," says Michelle Rosner, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications with 1st Financial Federal Credit Union. "It is a win-win for children throughout the St. Louis area."

Each year during the month of April credit unions across the country, spotlight their efforts to help parents and schools educate young people on the importance of saving and learning how to spend responsibly. "It's nice to have an entire month that benefits youth financial literacy and CMN," said Josh Purler, Marketing Manager for Alliance Credit Union. "Both are important causes to our credit union and staff. Youth Month is something that we look forward to each year."

This is the St. Louis Chapter of Credit Unions' second year combining Credit Union Youth Month with a benefit for CMN. "The Chapter is a not-for-profit organization composed of area credit unions that work together to promote the credit union philosophy of "people helping people" through financial education events, as well as collaborative involvement in charitable causes," explains Lisa Farnen, Vice President of Marketing with Electro Savings Credit Union. "We see combining Credit Union Youth Month with CMN as a perfect fit."

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 33,000 members and $210 million in assets, 1st Financial is a full service financial institution dedicated to helping our members achieve their financial dreams. For over 40 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 us 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.

For more information on the five credit unions involved, call or visit their web sites.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union (800) 288-7618 www.1stFinancialFCU.org
1232 Wentzville Parkway, Wentzville, MO 63385

Alliance Credit Union (800) 541-6131 www.AllianceCU.com
575 Rudder Road, Fenton, MO 63026

Arsenal Credit Union (800) 719-6363 3780 www.ArsenalCU.org
Vogel Road, Arnold, MO 63010

Electro Savings Credit Union (800) 844-8313 www.ElectroSavings.com
1805 Craigshire Drive, Maryland Heights, MO 63146

Vantage Credit Union (800) 522-6009 www.vcu.com
4020 Fee Fee Road, Bridgeton, MO 63044

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