2015 Community Partnerships
A major focus of Credit Unions is being concerns for community. As a non-profit, we work to provide financial education and lending opportunities to enhance our local community. A financially stable and informed member base is mutually beneficial for the success of our organization and our members. Because of this, First Financial looks to partner with other non-profits and community organizations to promote the Credit Union difference and offer our support. Our current community partnerships include:
An annual backpack and school supply drive that takes place from June-August. Sponsored by Volunteers of America, school supplies are collected and assembled for Chicago Public School children, children of veterans and children in their welfare services program. FFCU collects and organizes items donated by our staff, members and community partners to give to the Operation Backpack/Volunteers of America. Each year Operation Backpack provides backpack and school supplies to more than 2,000 children in need. The goal of Operation Backpack is to provide students in need with grade-specific items on their first day of school.
FFCU helps sponsor the Morton Grove Farmer’s Market throughout the summer months. We table at several of the markets throughout the year, which are held every Saturday June-October. At these tabling sessions, FFCU employees are available to provide information about our products and services, open memberships and checking accounts and feature fun activities with giveaways. Our sponsorship contributes to the Farmer’s Market providing a wide variety of fresh, locally-produced foods and products to Morton Grove and its neighboring communities. In addition, sponsorship ensures efficient operation of the Morton Grove Farmers’ Market, as the organization seeks to educate the public about the nutritional, economic, environmental, and social implications of eating seasonally and locally.
The YMCA makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation's health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. As part of our relationship with the High Ridge Y, one of our staff members sits on their Board of Directors each year. Through this, we help coordinate and contribute to all community and fundraising events as well as staff and member participation in many community efforts such as the Annual Turkey Trot and Golf Outings to raise money for local youth programming.
Chicago’s food bank – a nonprofit food distribution and training center that provides food for hungry people while working to end hunger in our community. FFCU holds a food drive through November and December to collect non-perishable food items for the Depository.
Schalke Rogers Park Youth Soccer Team
This past summer FFCU sponsored the Schalke Rogers Park Youth Soccer Team. By providing the team uniforms, players and their families were able to participate in an affordable summer long soccer program. The team is made up of local girls and boys ages 7-8. By the end of their season the team advanced to the championship game, ultimately taking home the 2nd place trophy.
As a non-profit financial institution that was created as an employee benefit for the AT&T Teletype Corporation, FFCU has a long history of working with employers to provide an outlet to fulfill their employee’s financial needs as well as a safe and convenient place for employees to bank and find financial information. Select Employee Groups (SEGs) of First Financial are community partners, in which we host membership drives and financial education seminars as well as provide support and sponsorship of company programming.
If you would like FFCU to get involved with your organization or cause in 2016, email firstname.lastname@example.org to start the conversation.