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Helping Communities Build a Strong Future

The credit union idea has always been to help improve life in the community today and in the future. 1st Financial Federal Credit Union (St. Charles, MO) is living out this idea with their donations of time and funds and their grant program.

Connecting People to Success Through Partnership

The 1st Financial Federal Credit Union awarded the latest  Helping People 1st Grant to Connections to Success, an organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty. Additionally, employees donated directly to the organization in the form of fundraising and 80 volunteer hours. 

Connections to Success serves people transitioning from poverty, incarceration, domestic violence, and other complex situations. The program’s main goal is to empower individuals through their transformation to economic independence by creating a program that meets the program participants where they currently are in life.

​“Their mission gives people hope, resources, and a plan. Volunteering at this organization was inspirational and continues to be an inspiration because of their passion to help people in our own communities” stated Pat Johnson, Wentzville Branch Manager of 1st Financial. 

1st Financial presented a check to Connections to Success in the amount of $997.47 which was made up of a $500 grant plus additional funds from 1st Financial employees fundraising efforts. 

“1st Financial continues to be a strong partner. We are so grateful for the ways they are positively impacting the local families we serve through volunteerism and financial investments, like this grant,” stated Mary Lambert, Chief Executive Officer Co-Founder, of Connections to Success.

1st Financial created the Helping People 1st Grant to assist non-profit organizations that are focused on housing, financial literacy, job training, or education efforts in the St. Louis area.