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Credit Union News from 1st Financial and Credit Union of America

Credit unions make a difference every day. Check out the latest community involvement news from 1st Financial Federal Credit Union (Wentzville, MO) and Credit Union of America (Wichita, KS).

1st Financial Federal Credit Union Supports Habitat For Humanity & Little Bit Foundation

1st Financial Federal, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) focused on serving the community with education, job training, and sustainable housing resources, has partnered with two organizations, Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County and the Little Bit Foundation. 

1st Financial Federal awarded a grant of $1,141.65 to Habitat for Humanity through the Helping People 1st grant program. The Wentzville branch raised funds by raffling off gift baskets and hosting two bake sales. Employees also had the opportunity to volunteer over 50 hours at the local Habitat for Humanity construction site.

The employees of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union believe that a sustainable, solid household is one of the most important foundations in which a healthy financial future can be built on. 

“Everyone should have a place to call home,” says Pat Johnson, manager of 1st Financial Federal's Wentzville branch. “Our volunteer day was very rewarding. We helped not just build a house, but a home for a family in need. It is so worth it whenever we can break the cycle of poverty and build security for a family.” 

1st Financial Federal also partnered with The Little Bit Foundation to provide students with school uniforms, lunches, and hygiene products.This is the third year Little Bit Foundation and the credit union have worked together to make a difference in the local community.

The credit union presented a grant of $653.50 to The Little Bit Foundation. Funds were made possible by the Helping People 1st grant and bake sales and raffles held by the employees of the Downtown branch. Employees volunteer more than 30 hours at the Little Bit Foundation’s warehouse preparing bags full of goodies for the next school year. 

“1st Financial Federal Credit Union is doing our part to support The Little Bit Foundation with their efforts to help school-age children in the city of St. Louis," says Jamila Robinson, a financial service representative. "Throughout the month of June, we are committed to raising awareness about this great cause within our community and within our organization. By way of bake sales, donations, raffle entries, and volunteer opportunities we have successfully brought a little bit of everything to make a difference.”    

Credit Union of America Awards $10,000 in Scholarships to Local Students

Pictured are CUA President Bob Thurman and Miranda Terry, scholarship winner.

Credit Union of America (CUA) has awarded seventeen students with scholarship funds from Credit Union of America’s John Michener Scholarship program for the 2016-2017 school year. Recipients include: 

  • Haley Deines – Washburn University ($1000)
  • Miranda Terry – Newman University ($1000)
  • Emily Smith – Wheaton College ($1000)
  • Elvin Salerno – Wichita State University ($500)
  • Alyssa Ward – Wichita State University ($500)
  • Nathan Werner – Southwestern College ($500)
  • Robin Mathews – William Jewell College ($500)
  • Luke Marquardt – Cedarville University ($500)
  • Brandon Pechanec – Kansas State University ($500)
  • Ellen Carp – Butler Community College ($500)
  • Zachary Losey – Friends University ($500)
  • Elizabeth Dwyer – Northwestern Oklahoma State University ($500)
  • Sydney Murray – Roger State University ($500)
  • Michelle Berg – Emporia State University ($500)
  • Cierra Cowley – Kansas State University ($500)
  • Elizabeth Ohmes – Wichita State University ($500) 
  • Zach Steffen – Barton County College ($500)
Nathan Werner Ellen Carp

Students were chosen by a scholarship committee made up of staff and volunteers.Winners were chosen based on their grade point average, community/school activities and an essay on the benefit of becoming a financially literate individual.

For more details on the John Michener Scholarship visit CUA's website.

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