Month: November 2021

America First Credit Union surprises Corner Canyon student with $3,300 for Food Drive Challenge

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America First Credit Union presents check to Isabel Crofts and Corner Canyon High School athletics for Food Drive Challenge during 6A semifinal at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Friday, November 12.

Salt Lake City – Nov. 18, 2021 – While presenting Corner Canyon High School student Isabel Crofts with a scholarship in August, America First Credit Union’s Chief Strategic Engagement Officer Tammy Gallegos challenged the scholarship-recipient to collect 1,000 pounds of food for the Utah Food Bank—a nonprofit Crofts volunteers with regularly. Gallegos said that if this goal was met, the credit union would donate $1,000 to Corner Canyon High School’s athletic program.

Crofts, a 3.96 grade point average student-athlete at the Draper school, not only met the challenge but exceeded the goal by an additional 2,000 pounds. During Friday afternoon’s 6A semifinal at Rice-Eccles Stadium where Corner Canyon defeated Weber High School, America First surprised Crofts with a check for $3,304 to match dollar-for-pound the food collected by the multi-sport athlete.

Crofts, who plays volleyball, basketball and track & field for Corner Canyon, is a part of the Humanitarian African Relief Team and donates her time at the Utah Food Bank. All her work in the classroom, on the court and in the community resulted in her being named the scholar athlete of the week by America First Credit Union, KJZZ and KMYU in August.
In addition to the food donated by Crofts, America First Credit Union donated more than $32,000 to the Utah Food Bank during their annual food drive which concluded at the end of October. The not-for-profit credit union collected more than $17,000 from community donations and donated an additional $15,000 to reach the total donation amount.
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“It’s a super passionate thing for me because there are people out there who are not as blessed and to go without food is hard,” said Isabel Crofts. “I just turned to my teammates and my administration at Corner Canyon, and we were able to come together and raise food for those in need so they could have a great winter. Our school really rose to this challenge. I was super proud of them and I am just grateful for everyone that helped out from my teammates, my coaches and student body.”
“I was so proud to hear that Isabel not only met the challenge I gave her but exceeded it,” said Tammy Gallegos, Chief Strategic Engagement Officer at America First Credit Union. “Knowing that she exceeded her goal, we wanted to increase our donation to Corner Canyon’s athletics department to meet what she was able to give to the Utah Food Bank. As a credit union, we are always looking for ways to acknowledge and reward people helping people within our community.”

“From day one Isabel has been a dream member of the Corner Canyon community,” said Corner Canyon High School Athletic Director Patrick Thurman. “She has been involved with athletics, attends events to support the other students and has been an incredible student. She did all of the work to organize the food drive, where she showed her leadership skills and dedication to helping others.”

“The credit union is focused on the philosophy of people helping people,” said Nicole Cypers, America First’s VP of Government Affairs and Public Relations. “With our member contributions and the food contributions from Corner Canyon, we were able to collect enough to equate to over 113,000 meals which would feed 26 families of four for an entire year. It was a huge contribution and helped make the food drive a success.”

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

Proudly celebrating 82 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 120 locations, and is the eighth largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $16 billion, and the fifth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1.2 million 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 Attains No. 1 SBA Ranking in Utah District

SALT LAKE CITY – Nov. 10, 2021 – For the second consecutive year, America First Credit Union has attained the No. 1 SBA lender ranking in dollars lent by assisting more than 68 small businesses throughout the Utah District during the 2021 federal fiscal year. With a total of more than $52 million in 7(a) loans distributed within the Utah District, America First Credit Union surpassed its 2020 total of more than $35 million in loans disbursed.

“We’re thankful for all the small-business owners who have put their trust in our credit union,” said America First president/CEO Thayne Shaffer. “We have a wonderful team, who we are extremely grateful for, who helped the credit union achieve this ranking. Small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities, and we will continue to deliver top member service and financial solutions for small businesses.”

With a maximum loan amount of $5 million, the 7(a) Loan Program — which is SBA’s most common loan program according to their website — includes financial help for small businesses and is a good option when real estate is part of a business purchase; for short- and long-term working capital; refinancing current business debt; or purchasing furniture, fixtures and supplies.

America First Credit Union has also made significant advancement in rankings in its other states where it operates, including Arizona, Nevada and Idaho where they are ranked 18th, 7th and 21st respectively.

Small businesses that are interested in learning more about small-business lending from America First Credit Union can learn more here.

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

Proudly celebrating 82 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 120 locations, and is the eighth largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $16 billion, and the fifth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1.2 million 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 Reveals First Corporate Partnership in Reno Market

Cardholders will receive priority lines of entry to UNR men’s basketball games at Lawlor

RENO, Nev. – November 8, 2021 – America First Credit Union (AFCU) continues its record of growing sports partnerships to build its brand with its latest long-term deal with University Nevada Reno (UNR) Athletics Wolf Pack Sports Properties.

As part of this multiyear partnership, AFCU will provide valuable resources to the community by providing a priority entrance to men’s basketball at Lawlor Events Center, a 12,000-seat, multipurpose arena; as well as a donation drive for every men’s basketball free throw made by UNR during home games throughout the regular season and championships to benefit “Swish for a Wish.” The credit union expects to raise $10,000 for Make-A-Wish® Northeastern & Central California and Northern Nevada, which will be donated at the end of the year.

Furthermore, AFCU will receive sponsorship assets each year for football, men’s basketball (which begins Nov. 9), women’s volleyball, and softball, allowing the credit union to connect with vital constituencies such as employees, members and prospects.

For AFCU cardholders who are Wolf Pack fans, the collaboration includes a UNR Athletics Picture Perfect card design, as well as high visibility signage in the football stadium and basketball arena.
“Northern Nevadans support UNR in a tremendous way and this allows us to connect with a passion point of the community,” said AFCU president and CEO Thayne Shaffer, who was born in Elko and grew up in Sparks, Lovelock, Fernley, Lovelock, Wells and Carlin. “Through this partnership, we are able to help children with life-threatening medical illnesses get their wishes granted while simultaneously providing perks for our members. We are overjoyed to be able to build a presence in Reno and make connections with the local community.”
“We are thrilled to partner with America First Credit Union, and look forward to all of the great benefits this partnership will bring to our Wolf Pack community,” said UNR director of athletics Doug Knuth. “This partnership will greatly benefit our great fans and community, and continue to build the bright future of Nevada Athletics.”

The deal began in September when the Wolf Pack began playing home games at Mackay Stadium, which has a 30,000-seat capacity, for the 2021 college football season. This expands AFCU’s brand footprint in Nevada, having previously partnered with the Las Vegas Raiders, Vegas Golden Knights, Las Vegas Aviators, Las Vegas Lights FC, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Athletics Department.

Editor’s Note: For more photos, CLICK HERE.

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

Proudly celebrating 82 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 120 locations, and is the eighth largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $16 billion, and the fifth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1.2 million members.

ABOUT MAKE-A-WISH®

Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses and is on a quest to bring every eligible local child’s wish to life. Research has shown that a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. For more information about Make-A-Wish, visit wish.org/canv.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

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

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

Nominations Sought for Vegas Golden Knights, America First Credit Union Game-Changer Program Award for Educators

Call for Nominations for $1,000 Classroom Grant, Two Complimentary VGK Tickets

Winners of the America First Credit Union and Vegas Golden Nights Game-Changer award program gather at Citi National Arena, the Knight’s practice facility in Summerlin, on April 5, 2021 after a celebratory luncheon in their honor.

LAS VEGAS – November 2, 2021 – Clark County School District teachers can earn a $1,000 classroom grant and two complimentary Vegas Golden Knights (VGK) tickets thanks to America First Credit Union (AFCU) who is teaming up the Knights.

The AFCU-sponsored VGK Game-Changer Program honors and celebrates Clark County teachers who go above and beyond in their classrooms. This season, four honorees will be recognized at a VGK home game in the Fortress and will receive $1,000 to improve their classroom.

In November, the first winner will be announced. The “game-changer” award will be presented every month until March 2022. Nominations for teachers are accepted until February 11, 2022. Representatives from AFCU will choose the winners. The nomination form may be obtained at goldenknights.com/community/teacherappreciation.

Last season’s four winners were selected from over 400 nominations. Melissa Finnan of Grant Sawyer Middle School, Stacye Tesh of Bozarth Elementary School, Shane Goffstein of Wayne Tanaka Elementary School, and Sasha Jones of Jerome Mack Middle School are among the recipients.

Editor’s Note: For more information and photos of all the 2021 Game Changer Teachers, CLICK HERE.

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

Proudly celebrating 82 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 120 locations, and is the eighth largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $16 billion, and the fifth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1.2 million members.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

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

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