Month: November 2020

America First Credit Union invites community to experience award-winning display at Ogden Christmas Village

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America First Credit Union invites community to experience award-winning display at Ogden Christmas Village

Riverdale, UT – November 25, 2020 – Each year, Christmas Village illuminates Ogden’s downtown area with magnificent displays and holiday lights from the Saturday after Thanksgiving through January 1. This year, America First Credit Union invites you to experience its award winning display which is one of hundreds of tiny cottages decorated to create a winter wonderland at the Ogden Municipal Gardens.

Earlier this year, America First was honored with a Multifaceted Marketing Award for the Ogden Christmas Village Cottage at the Credit Union National Association’s 2020 Diamond Awards, which recognizes outstanding marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry.

The magical cottage features a scene set with a family of snowmen — a mom, dad and two kids — at night in “Snowybook Forest” and includes an animated storybook that flips pages as onlookers take in the enchanting display.

“We’re glad to be part of the magic of Ogden Christmas Village,” said John Coombs, America First Art Director who is the designer behind the cottage. “We’re thrilled at how the cottage turned out and the happiness it brings to people who see it. We invite you to come experience it for yourself.”

A behind-the-scenes look into the concepting and building of the cottage can be found here.

America First Credit Union’s “Snowybook Forest” display at Ogden’s Christmas Village

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

Proudly celebrating 81 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First Credit Union has become one of the largest, most stable and most progressive credit unions in the country, and has remained a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Today, America First has 128 locations, and is the ninth largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $14.1 billion, and the sixth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1,154,000 members.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Nicole Cypers
America First Credit Union
801.827.8655
ncypers@americafirst.com

Kelsey Richardson
R&R Partners
801-913-9454
Kelsey.richardson@rrpartners.com

America First Credit Union donates $19,000 to feed 78,072 Utah, Idaho, Arizona and Nevada families

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America First Credit Union donates $19,000 to feed 78,072 Utah, Idaho, Arizona and Nevada families

Riverdale, UT – Nov. 23, 2020 – With Thanksgiving around the corner and food banks still struggling to receive food donations to keep up with the growing need, America First Credit Union (AFCU) is donating more than 63,000 meals to the Utah Food Bank for families struggling to access to food during these challenging times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. An additional 16,548 meals were donated to other agencies, including Three Square Food Bank serving families in Clark County, Nevada.

From Sept. 8 to Oct. 30, monetary donations were collected for the credit union’s annual food drive from AFCU staff, members and community, and the credit union also donated an additional $5,000. This was the first year AFCU hosted a monetary donation drive to support local food banks. In years past, canned goods had been collected at each of the credit union’s 128 locations. In total, employees and members have donated more than 78,072 meals in addition to 200,000 pounds of food to Utah and Southern Nevada families over the past 16 years.

The money donated to the Utah Food Bank and other agencies will be used to feed families in need across Utah, Idaho, Arizona and Southern Nevada.

“This year we saw a huge demand for food assistance. To be responsible to the needs our communities, we made changes to our annual food drive due to COVID-19 by moving from canned good donations at our branches to online donations, but we knew this year is more important than ever to help local families in need,” said Nicole Cypers, AFCU vice president of PR and governmental relations. “Thanks to our wonderful employees and members, who donated to be able to provide meals to our food-insecure neighbors.”

“Thank you to America First Credit Union for your understanding of the issues of hunger in Utah,” Jeanette Bott, Utah Food bank president. “America First has collectively given throughout the state of Utah 359,637 meals since we established our partnership in 1998. Thank you for the extended help, in addition to what you’ve done this year. ”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the hunger crisis in Southern Nevada — nearly 440,000 residents, or one in five, are now food-insecure,” said Three Square Food Bank President and CEO Brian Burton. “We are incredibly thankful to America First Credit Union who has been our steadfast partner in the fight against hunger since 2017, allowing us to leverage their gift as a matching challenge to the community every year, providing an additional 90,000 meals to our neighbors in need.”

The credit union is donating $15,381 to Utah Food bank food to help individuals and families struggling with food insecurity. A virtual check presentation was presented on Nov.12 to Bott by Cypers (CLICK HERE to watch the video).

According to Feeding America, the nation’s premiere food insecurity program, food banks are feeding nearly 60 percent more people during the COVID-19 pandemic than they were in June 2019. At the same time, many food banks are seeing decreased donations from the grocery stores and manufacturers that helped them in the past.

The community can donate online to both Utah Food Bank, Idaho Food Bank, United Food Bank (Arizona) and Three Square Food Bank.

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

Proudly celebrating 81 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First Credit Union has become one of the largest, most stable and most progressive credit unions in the country, and has remained a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Today, America First has 128 locations, and is the ninth largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $14.1 billion, and the sixth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1,154,000 members.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Nicole Cypers
America First Credit Union
801.827.8655
ncypers@americafirst.com

Kelsey Richardson
R&R Partners
801-913-9454
Kelsey.richardson@rrpartners.com

America First Credit Union Continues Legacy of Supporting Veterans by Donating Items for Care Packages

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America First Credit Union Continues Legacy of Supporting Veterans by Donating Items for Care Packages

Credit Union Participates in “Hope for Our Heroes” Campaign Dropping Care Packages

LAS VEGAS – Nov. 17, 2020 – Southern Nevada veterans were treated to a socially distanced caravan in which various community groups, including America First Credit Union (AFCU), dropped off much needed supplies. Veterans also witnessed a parade to thank them for their service during the “Hope for Our Heroes” campaign, which was organized by KTNV TV ABC 13.

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, AFCU business development representative Frank Tavares participated in the caravan visiting older veterans living in assisted living at the Nevada State Veterans Home. To combat the adverse effects of isolation during this global health pandemic, the credit union was one of several groups dropping off 300 care packages filled with goodies including blankets, books, lip balm, sanitizer, tissue, cards, letters and cookies.

“Veterans are one of our country’s greatest assets,” said AFCU president and CEO, John B. Lund. “Now more than ever, veterans need support. It’s a true honor and privilege to help veterans who have done so much for our country. America First Credit Union will continue to support programs that honor our veterans and the service that they provided to our country while making a deep impact on the critical needs that exist in our community.”

To provide much needed support to the more than 150,000 veterans living in Clark County, Nevada, this holiday season, the credit union sponsored the event that partnered with Honor Flight Southern Nevada and Kline Veterans Fund to combat emotional duress.

AFCU is a longtime supporter of veterans. Employees have volunteered with Honor Flight of Southern Nevada (HFSN) by sending guardians on missions to escort veterans to Washington, D.C., for a tour of the memorials. HFSN flies veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War on all-expenses-paid trips to Washington, D.C., to experience — among other landmarks and tourist destinations — the WWII Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Marine Corps/Iwo Jima Memorial, and the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery.

Photo: Frank Tavares, America First Credit Union business development representative, drops off care packages to veterans.

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

Proudly celebrating 81 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First Credit Union has become one of the largest, most stable and most progressive credit unions in the country, and has remained a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Today, America First has 128 locations, and is the ninth largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $13.8 billion, and the sixth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1,151,000 members.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Nicole Cypers
America First Credit Union
801.827.8655
ncypers@americafirst.com

Jennifer López
R&R Partners
702.318.4203
jenni4fer.lopez@rrpartners.com

Giving Thanks In the Most Difficult of Times

A fellow America First team member recently shared with me a letter written by his great-grandfather in 1918. The correspondence was sent from one brother here at home to another who served in the military during World War I. The brutal and bloody conflict, more than four years long, resulted in some 22 million deaths.

That same year, a terrible influenza virus gripped the planet, lasting over two years and infecting 500 million people—one-third of the world’s population—with 50 million dying from the disease. It’s nearly unthinkable that people would have to face both a world war and a worldwide pandemic.

I felt impressed to share a few quotes from this letter:

‘eight down and no help…’ This refers to all seven of his children and wife having the illness, his wife being sick for 28 days. Fortunately, they all recovered.

‘everybody…scared to death…went it alone’

 ‘I guess folks have told you about all the ones [who] have died…’

‘fought awful hard to live…’

‘Out of work…hoping I can go back’

Some other terms caught my eye: quarantine, careful, hope, happy now.

The letter was truly enlightening, helping me appreciate that generation to an even greater degree. It’s hard to imagine being in quarantine, out of work, your entire family ill, and having little if any help.

Some 100 years later, we are dealing with another pandemic and, while we are not at war, there is an abundance of violence, civil unrest, and uncertainty. Today, we share similar worries, fears, emotions, and challenges. Fortunately, for the most part, we don’t have to go it alone. Communication, health care, and other services are more readily available. Just like this wonderful great-grandfather, we must continue our vigilance, which will bring us hope and the ability to achieve a sense of happiness. I believe a key to being happy is thankfulness.

During November, we celebrate Veterans’ Day and Thanksgiving. Even amid our difficulties, we do have much for which to be grateful. I am truly thankful for the country’s veterans and all who protect our freedoms and values; I’m grateful for those who are working so hard to put an end to the pandemic. I’m appreciative of our members and their loyalty to America First. We pledge to continue providing relevant financial help and solutions, no matter the circumstances. We’re here to help, and we look forward to a lifetime relationship with you and your family.

All the best to each of you,

 

 

President & Chief Executive Officer