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1st Financial FCU Enhances Job Training in STL

As part of its Helping People 1st grant program, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union teamed up with Connections to Success in September. This effort supports job training opportunities in the St. Louis area. 

Headquartered in St. Charles, Connections to Success is a non-profit agency working to break the cycle of poverty through hope, resources and planning. Connections to Success and its programs, Sweet Success and Dress for Success, provide educational programs, job placement and mentoring to men and women in the St. Louis area. 

Throughout the month of September, the Wentzville branch of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union held a clothing drive for Dress for Success, purchased lunches for staff from Sweet Success, sold baked goods created by Sweet Success, showcased the Dress for Success mobile Mystique Boutique at the Wentzville branch and held an employee volunteer day on Wednesday, September 24. 

Additionally, senior management and some of the Wentzville branch staff attended a mock interview session at Dress for Success Friday, September 19. The managers sat down with interviewees and provided them with sample questions and job hunting suggestions. At the end of the session, the managers took part in the participants’ graduation ceremony from the program. 

Credit unions were founded by groups of people who combined their resources and expertise to the benefit of the entire population. The Helping People 1st grant program gives 1st Financial members and employees the opportunity to directly support the development of the St. Louis area. Each month, one of the four branches work with a non-profit organization focused on serving the community through housing, financial literacy, job training or educational efforts. 

The Wentzville branch employees promoted Connections to Success inside the lobby and spent a day volunteering on site during business hours. At the end of September, Connections to Success received the $500 grant plus any additional funds the branch was able to raise. On October 6, Wentzville employees presented a check totaling $1,601.25. 

“1st Financial was an awesome team to work with,” says Alesha Barber, regional boutique coordinator at Connections to Success. “Between the volunteering, the bake sale, the mentoring day, and their donations, 1st Financial employees went above and beyond for Connections to Success. Thank you.”

Caption: 1st Financial FCU's staff host mock interviews for clients of Dress for Success.