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Credit Union News: 1st Financial, Credit Union of America, Electro Savings & First Community

There's quite a lot happening at credit unions throughout Kansas and Missouri! Here are a few of the headlines sent our way this last week. 

1st Financial FCU Helps Pave the Path for Economic Independence

1st Financial Federal Credit Union (Wentzville, MO) partnered with Connections to Success in September to provide economic and training resources as part of 1st Financial’s Helping People 1st program. Connections to Success is a local organization which provides services and support to break the cycle of poverty, serving people transitioning from poverty, incarceration, domestic violence, and other complex situations. 

“We truly appreciate the ongoing partnership with 1st Financial Federal Credit Union,” said Lynda Keeton, event coordinator for Connections to Success. “Together we are impacting our communities and changing lives.”

1st Financial facilitated mock interviews for the participants. The vice president of human resources, Hazelwood branch manager, chief lending officer, and community development manager walked through the interview process including how to dress and prepare for an interview, what questions to anticipate, and provided individual feedback to each of the participants during the mock interviews. 

Connections to Success has been a recipient of 1st Financial's Helping People 1st grant for the past three years. With the grant and funds provided by other fundraising efforts supported by both 1st Financial employees and members, 1st Financial was able to present a check for $759.25 to Connections to Success in September.

“Over the years, our partnership with Connections to Success has grown tremendously," said Pat Johnson, Wentzville branch manager. "We are able to help people become financially independent.”

Credit Union of America Participating in Keepers on Parade

Credit Union of America (Wichita, KS) will be installing two Keeper of the Plains statues in support of the Together Wichita program, a program aimed at celebrating the city of Wichita. Designed and painted by local artists, the statues are currently located at local businesses across Wichita. One statue has been installed at the the credit union's Corporate office (near Kellogg and I-235) and features a sunflower design by Jim Simpson. A second statue is planned for Credit Union of America's flagship location in the Delano district.  

Together Wichita sponsor and CEO of Credit Union America Bob Thurman shares that “We joined Together Wichita because we wanted to show our pride in our community and we believe that the great things about our community need to be actively promoted.  One of our steps is to display Keepers of the Plains statues that promote our local heritage and our community’s passion for art.”  

Electro Savings Credit Union & Salvation Army Partner On Tree of Lights Campaign

The Salvation Army Midland Division is partnering with Electro Savings Credit Union (St. Louis, MO) during the 2016 Tree of Lights campaign. Red counter kettles will be at four St. Louis metro locations from November 1 to December 23: 

  • 1805 Craigshire Road  Maryland Heights, MO, 63146 
  • 12400 Tesson Ferry Road St. Louis, MO, 63128  
  • 16500 Manchester Road Wildwood, MO, 63040 
  • 407 Lafayette Center  Manchester, MO, 63011

“We thank Electro Savings Credit Union for working with The Salvation Army during our Tree of Lights campaign,” said Lt. Colonel Dan Jennings, the Salvation Army Midland Divisional Commander. “Every generous donation by members and employees of Electro Savings Credit Union will help fund programs and services that bring hope to those in need in our communities.” 

All money raised during the Tree of Lights campaign stays in the community and 86 cents of every dollar goes directly into local programs and services. After funding holiday meals, gifts and programs for those in need, Tree of Lights donations help provide food, shelter, child care, job training and many other services throughout the year. The Tree of Lights campaign represents a substantial portion of the year-round operating budget of The Salvation Army. 

Every member or employee making a contribution to the Tree of Lights red counter kettles will receive a paper red shield.  

First Community Opens Newest Branch in Crestwood

The doors of the newest First Community (Chesterfield, MO) branch location opened for business on Monday, October 17. This full-service branch with drive-ups and an ATM is located at 9550 Watson Road in Crestwood, across from the old Crestwood Mall. The branch features a self-serve coin kiosk. This office will also be another home to Investment Services at First Community.

A ribbon cutting celebration was held on Friday, October 14. The ribbon, made entirely of 20 dollar bills, was "cut" by Melissa Perotti, branch manager, and Glenn D. Barks, president/CEO. The cash ribbon was then donated to the Crestwood Animal Shelter.   

A grand opening celebration was held October 24-29. Festivities included a special appearance by Fredbird, bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals and a hot chocolate bar. The credit union also offered great offers on loans and a very special rate on a 24-month certificate of deposit. 

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