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

  From left: Gina Hakenewerth, chairwoman of the board for 1st Financial, Tracy Verner, community development manager for 1st Financial, Kiara Jefferson, financial empowerment coordinator for 1st Financial and Laura Woods, VP of marketing and community presence for 1st Financial 
  CUA staff presents John Viegra (2nd from left) with his $5,000 Save-to-Win check!

Read on for news from 1st Financial Federal Credit Union (Wentzville, MO) and Credit Union of America (Wichita, KS). 

1st Financial Federal Credit Union and Urban League partner for financial empowerment
1st Financial Federal Credit Union and Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis have partnered to bring financial capabilities to the North St. Louis community. Since 2015, The Urban League’s Save Our Sons program has sought to help more than 450 economically-disadvantaged African American men living in the St. Louis metropolitan community find jobs and have the opportunity to earn livable wages. This program completes these objectives by assisting the participants in obtaining post-secondary education and job training and teaching the imperative career-skills and work ethic necessary to become successful employees while entering today’s workforce. 

“Together, with the Urban League we can provide the community access to a full spectrum of financial services and resources," said Carol Minges, 1st Financial CEO. "We believe that everyone should have access to a checking account and non-predatory loan products.”

1st Financial Federal Credit Union serves this vital program with financial empowerment resources such as free checking accounts, access to transportation loans and credit building counseling. In March of 2019, the credit union received the St. Louis County Community Development Block Grant, which allowed them to hire a full-time employee, Kiara Jefferson, to serve the clients of the Save Our Sons program. As the financial empowerment coordinator, Kiara provides free financial counseling, access to credit building loans and checking accounts to the clients of Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis throughout North St. Louis. Kiara works out of the Ferguson Community Empowerment Center and the Save Our Sons & Better Life Outreach Center.​

Credit Union of America member wins national contest
Credit Union of America (CUA) is excited to announce that CUA member, John Viegra, of Oxford, KS, has won $5,000 through CUA’s Save-to-Win program. The prize was won at the national level of the program. Save-to-Win accounts encourage members to practice good savings habits and can be opened and eligible for prize drawings with as little as $25. Each additional $25 deposit earns the account owner another chance to win, with prize drawings up to $5,000 (limit 10 entries per month). Drawings occur monthly and quarterly at the local and national levels.

Save-to-Win is just one of many innovative services that CUA offers to make a positive impact on members’ lives.

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