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Credit Union News: 1st Financial, Conservation Employees & Vantage

Giving back - it's what credit unions do! Check out the latest headlines from 1st Financial Federal Credit Union (Wentzville, MO), Conservation Employees' Credit Union (Jefferson City, MO) and Vantage Credit Union (St. Louis, MO). 

1st Financial and Bruce Franks Empower Local Youth

1st Financial Federal Credit Union, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), awarded their quarterly community grant to 1st Financial member, Bruce Franks, to support his efforts to strengthen the community through youth empowerment and economic growth through 28 to Life.

“28 to Life is dedicated to bringing out the superhero in everyone, especially our youth,” said Franks. “Super Heroes do two things: they save those who don’t want to be saved, and they often save those who didn’t know they needed to be saved.”

The organization focuses on mentoring, job development, education, and the financial empowerment, and it has helped over 2,000 young people in St. Louis. With the $500 Community Grant, Franks plans to host their first teen summit in 2017, a series that will bring together youth, local law enforcement, community partners, and community leaders.

“Our Community Grant empowers our members with a financial investment to use toward their good work. Bruce is undertaking work that truly embodies the credit union philosophy of people helping people! Bruce’s efforts as the founder of 28 to life and 1st Financial’s Community Development activities intersect often so I actually appreciate first-hand the impact the grant money will make,” said Tracy Verner, community development manager at 1st Financial Federal Credit Union. 

Conservation Employees’ Credit Union Hosts Annual Food Drive

Conservation Employees’ Credit Union hosted their annual food drive this month, teaming up with staffers from the Missouri Department of Conservation central office. They collected 4,118.42 pounds of food from generous donations of CECU and MDC employees. 

The food was donated to the Samaritan Center in Jefferson City, MO, which serves more than 1,500 families each month.  

Vantage Announces 30 Winners In Its Annual Youth Holiday Savings Promotion

Each year during November and December, Vantage Credit Union celebrates youth savings with a special holiday savings promotion specifically for members age 17 and younger. In addition to awarding 30 cash prizes, the credit union educated these young members about the importance of saving money.

To enter, youth had to deposit a certain amount (based on their age group) into their account. Thirty winners were randomly selected from all eligible entries, one per branch and age group (including the credit union’s eBranch). During the promotional period there were 2,228 deposits made for a combined total of $709,198.45.

Vantage Credit Union congratulates all of the winners, listed by branch:

  • Bridgeton - Andi H. and Holly P.
  • Cave Springs - Jason K. and Adam J.
  • East St. Louis - Mason H. and Zaria B.
  • eBranch - Journee P. and Miya W.
  • Greenway Chase - Dylan K. and Rebecca W.
  • North County - Olivia D. and Mikyia T.
  • O’Fallon - Adaline A. and Hannah M.
  • Olivette - Kip R. and Dublin C.
  • South County - Kaylen H. and Kyle D.
  • Sunset Hills - Alec H. and Matthew M.
  • Twin Cities - Kayla F. and Jeremiah S.
  • West County - Caleb F. and Samuel D.
  • Wentzville - Kaylen C. and Carson P.
  • Warrenton - Anthony E. and Kyle R.
  • Wood River - Jacob M. and Griff B. 

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