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1st Financial FCU Offers Support to At-Risk Youth

1st Financial Federal Credit Union (Wentzville) continued its Helping People 1st Grant program in November by working with Youth In Need and supporting its crisis relief programs for youth in St. Charles, Mo.

As part of the vision of “helping our members achieve their financial dreams,” 1st Financial created the Helping People 1st Grant to support organizations who are working to help members of the community achieve personal or financial success in the areas of housing, financial literacy, job training or education. The St. Charles branch chose to donate to Youth in Need in November because of its work with transitional housing and job readiness.

“We’re so grateful for this wonderful donation from 1st Financial Federal Credit Union and its members,” said Rob Muschany, vice president of Development and Marketing, Youth In Need. “Community support is essential to our daily mission of building on the strengths of the children and families we serve and helping them find safety, hope and success.”

Youth In Need is a non-profit child and family services agency, headquartered in St. Charles. Youth In Need is dedicated to building positive futures for the community’s most vulnerable children, teens and families. It has served the St. Louis area since 1974. Today, Youth in Need serves over 1,600 children, teens and families in six counties through educational, development, counseling and residential treatment initiatives. 

1st Financial employees volunteered at Youth in Need’s main office in St. Charles. The staffers spent the day accepting holiday gift donations, sorting toys and distributing them out to various area locations. The St. Charles branch of 1st Financial accepted donations from employees and members while also promoting Youth in Need to members inside the lobby.

In addition to the fundraising efforts within the branch, 1st Financial added $500 to the overall contribution as a part of the Helping People 1st Grant. On December 11, 1st Financial employees presented Youth In Need with a check totaling $610.50.

“We were very excited to help raise awareness and collect funds for such a remarkable organization," says Chuck Holmes, branch manager at the St. Charles location. “I would like to thank everyone for their donations and all the volunteers that were able to come out and support this amazing organization.”

Caption (from left): Tracy Verner, Brand Ambassador for 1st Financial; Kaye McMullin, of 1st Financial; Shelitta Hairlson, of 1st Financial; Robert Mueschany, vice president of Development and Marketing, Youth In Need; Chuck Holmes, branch manager of 1st Financial, Toni Gaskin, of 1st Financial; and Carol Minges, CEO of 1st Financial.