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Credit Union News: 1st Financial Federal & Credit Union of America

Giving back - it's what credit unions do! Check out the latest headlines from 1st Financial Federal Credit Union (Wentzville, MO) and Credit Union of America (Wichita, KS). 

1st Financial Federal Credit Union Provides Grant to Urban League

1st Financial Federal Credit Union’s Hazelwood branch awarded $500 to the Urban League’s Save Our Sons program in December as part of their Helping People 1st Grant.

Save Our Sons provides education and job training to men who live in Ferguson and surrounding St. Louis County communities. The program’s goal is to develop career-skills and a strong work ethic to become successful in today’s workforce. Since its inception in 2014, they have helped more than 300 men find jobs.

“This program isn’t for everyone, but it is for anyone who has propensity to believe in themselves. Save Our Sons is a program like no other which has been custom-designed to save those who are willing to be saved. In the nearly century old tradition of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, we aim to economically, educationally, politically, and socially empower all participants who receive our services,” said Jamie Dennis, Director of Save Our Sons. 

“The Hazelwood branch was honored to bring awareness to our members about Urban League: Save our Sons. This is an organization right in our very own community helping people find opportunities to improve their quality of life,” stated Tanya Forsythe, Hazelwood Branch Manager.

Credit Union of America Awards Thousands to Local Teachers 


Credit Union of America (CUA) has awarded thousands of dollars in grants to teachers in Kansas. These grants are called Teacher Grant … Ideas Financed (TGIF) grants. 

Recipients include:

  • Denise Scribner, of Eisenhower High School (Goddard, KS), who received $400 for her grant proposal, Entomology Insights 
  • Jamie Frost, of Eisenhower Middle School (Goddard, KS), who received $350 for her proposal, DNA: Replication, Transcription & Translation
  • Kylee Flaherty, of Heusner Elementary School (Salina, KS), who received $250 for her proposal to purchase books for struggling readers
  • Wendy Karel, of Derby Middle School (Derby, KS), who received a $500 for her grant proposal to purchase a document camera
  • Heather Scroggin, of Gordon Parks Academy (Wichita, KS), who received $500 for school supplies
  • Stephanie Sperger, of Greiffenstein-Wells Alternative School (Wichita, KS), who received $500 for Emotional Enrichment for Special Needs Students
  • Debra Southworth, of Greiffenstein-Wells Alternative School (Wichita, KS), who received $500 for Non-fiction Makeover
  • Brian Nelson, of Hadley Middle School (Wichita, KS), who received $300 for his proposal, Biofuel: Sustainable Energy for the 21st Century
  • Sonya Ball, of Woodman Elementary (Wichita, KS), who received $250 for Read-Aholics
  • Rhonda Brown, of Beech Elementary (Wichita, KS),, who received a $450 grant for Communication for Kids
  • Clarence Brown, of Wilbur Middle School (Wichita, KS), who received $500 for supplies for his biology class

Grants are chosen by a committee made up of staff and volunteers. Winners must be certified teachers at public or private schools in the state of Kansas and are chosen based on reach and educational benefit of their grant proposals.

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