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1st Financial FCU, Century CU and Frontier Community CU Help Their Communities

Credit unions positively impact their communities in a number of ways. Some credit unions launch charitable programs and grants, while others embrace established campaigns. Read below to learn how 1st Financial Federal Credit Union (Wentzville, MO), Century Credit Union (St. Louis, MO) and Frontier Community Credit Union (Leavenworth, KS) have made a difference. 

1st Financial FCU, Jobs Plus Program Helps Students Prepare for School Year

1st Financial Federal Credit Union, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), focused on serving the community with education, job training, and sustainable housing resources, has partnered with the Jobs Plus Program to help over 90 youth prepare for the upcoming school year.

1st Financial FCU & Jobs Plus team up to help area students start of the year right.

1st Financial donated a small grant of $500 to fill over 90 backpacks with school supplies and purchase school uniforms for the youth of Clinton-Peabody housing development.

“This was such an incredible event to be a part of! The youth and their parents were so beyond thankful for our time and our gifts,” says Tracy Verner, Community Development Manager for 1st Financial. “Jobs Plus does amazing work. To be able to partner with this organization on this event was wonderful.”

1st Financial has partnered with Jobs Plus since 2015, helping them provide comprehensive financial literacy to residents of the Clinton-Peabody Housing Development. Jobs Plus is a 4-year HUD grant administered through the St. Louis Housing Authority and SLATE American Job Center to support job development, training, employment, supportive services, income incentives, and community support for residents of the Clinton-Peabody Housing Development. 

Stacey Fowler, Manager of Special Projects at SLATE is grateful for 1st Financial's support.

“As a community partner, 1st Financial has been exceptionally supportive of our efforts to serve and empower residents of the Clinton-Peabody community through on-site financial literacy workshops, donations, and networking opportunities,” Fowler said.

Century CU Collecting Donations for Push for Pencils Campaign 

Century Credit Union is helping raise funds for KidSmart, which supplies St. Louis-area teachers with the materials their students need. Since opening in 2002, KidSmart has distributed over $38 million in free school supplies to 129,000 local kids in need, with 95% of all product and monetary donations go directly toward their free store program. Items most needed include pencils, paper, markers, crayons and glue.

Frontier Community CU's Home for Homeless benefits the Leavenworth Interfaith Shelter of Hope. 

Donation bins and collection jars are located at Century locations, and monetary donations can also be online

Frontier Community CU Creates New Program to Help Homeless

Frontier Community Credit Union has launched a new charitable program to help fulfill a need in the Leavenworth-Lansing area: Home for the Homeless.

The credit union has pledged to donate $100 of every new home loan to the Leavenworth Interfaith Shelter of Hope. The money raised will help fund construction of a new building to accommodate the area’s homeless.

“Home for the Homeless fits well with our philosophy of improving the quality of life in the Leavenworth-Lansing area,” says Michael Augustine, president of the credit union. “In addition to providing a safe place to sleep, the shelter connects people in need with local agencies to get help.”

The shelter, which is staffed by volunteers, makes every effort to help guests secure permanent housing and meet other personal needs. In addition to overnight accommodations, the new shelter will include a daycare for the children of people who are homeless.

“The demand for a safe place to sleep quickly outgrew our capacity to accommodate the homeless population,” says Coordinator Sister Vickie Perkins, who opened the first shelter in 2014. “This new facility will allow us to serve this need, and we really appreciate Frontier Community Credit Union’s support in helping us reach our goal.”