Community Involvement

America First Credit Union Donates $25,000 to Local Non-Profits

Riverdale, UT – November 26, 2019 – As part of its mission to enhance and improve local communities, America First Credit Union (AFCU) donated $25,000 to local nonprofits operating throughout Utah. The nonprofits included Operation Underground RailroadOgden Bicycle Collective and performing arts nonprofit, 90&9. In addition to a monetary donation, AFCU also donated 40 bikes, built by AFCU staff, to Ogden Bicycle Collective.

“All of these organizations have made a significant impact on our community here in Utah,” said Nicole Cypers, VP of Public Relations. “We are always looking for ways to improve the communities we live and work in, and these organizations work tirelessly to do just that.”

All three organizations have plans to put the donated funds to great use and make an impact within the community.

  • Operation Underground Railroad has slated the donation to be used to help its efforts to combat trafficking in Utah with the Utah Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force—a three-year relationship which resulted in 261 rescues and 197 arrests.
  • 90&9 will be using the $10,000 donation to host workshops for kids in treatment centers as well as youth in refugee camps. They’ll also be hosting workshops to prepare for its show “Fighter,” which will begin in March.
  • Ogden Bicycle Collective will use the donated bikes for their holiday bike giveaway.  The money donated will be used to purchase bike parts and tools as well as bikes for adults to use to as transportation to and from work.

 

“Thanks to America First’s generosity, we are able to make our show, ‘Fighter,’ possible again,” said Darla Day, from 90&9. “Fighter,” a show written by Day and her husband, is a story of a phoenix rising from the ashes which helps facilitate conversations about mental health, depression and suicide in a hopeful way.

“There is power in the arts,” said Day. “Being able to express anger, depression, hurt and other heavy emotions through art is empowering. We’re trying to show kids there are healthy ways to deal with their anxieties and hardships, and it’s working. We can’t even begin to express our gratitude toward America First for their kindness and support in what we are trying to do for these kids.”

ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

Proudly celebrating 80 years of servicing members and a long-standing history, America First 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 130 locations, and is the 9th largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $11.5 billion, and the sixth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 1,062,000 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 Gifts More Than 1,800 Pairs of Shoes to Underprivileged Students Throughout Utah and Nevada

Riverdale, Utah – (Dec. 19, 2018) – As part of its annual Warm the Soles of Kids initiative (Warm the Soles), America First Credit Union distributed more than 1,800 pairs of gift-wrapped shoes to children in need throughout the month of December. This year, 24 schools and agencies spanning across Utah and Southern Nevada took part in the project.

America First employees visited several schools in December including Midvale Elementary, Dixie Sun Elementary, Lakeview Elementary, Hurricane Elementary, Red Rock Elementary, Gibson Middle School and Hill Air Force Base to hand out shoes and host a festive holiday celebration.

Celebrating its 24th year, the Warm the Soles project is funded by America First member donations and the Skip a Payment program. America First works to raise funds and donations from members throughout November and December to purchase shoes for children in need during the holiday season. The project is coordinated through the America First Credit Union Charitable Foundation.

For additional information, visit www.americafirst.com or find America First Credit Union on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Photo attached: America First Credit Union employees and volunteers deliver new, gift-wrapped shoes to underprivileged children during the annual Warm the Soles event.

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ABOUT AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION

With a long-standing history and more than 79 years servicing members, America First 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 129 locations, and is the 10th largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $10.2 billion, and the sixth largest credit union in membership in America with more than 988,000 members.  

America First Credit Union Launches 12th Annual Community Food Drive to Serve Those in Need

food-driveRiverdale, Utah – (Sept. 12, 2016) – Dedicated to helping the underprivileged in the communities it services, Utah’s largest credit union, America First Credit Union today revs up its giving to serve others with the launch of its 12th Annual Community Food Drive, which runs through Saturday, Oct. 22. All locations throughout Utah and Southern Nevada will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items to distribute to local food pantries and food banks.

In addition to the food drive, the community-focused credit union will donate $5,000 in turkeys to Utah Food Bank in preparation for the holiday season. All collected items will be donated to the Utah Food Bank, Three Square Las Vegas, and Cappallappa Family Reserve Center.

“The season of giving is upon us and America First has made this annual food drive a priority as we continue our efforts to serve others, not just during the holidays, but all year long,” said John Lund, President and CEO of America First. “The need for food in our communities is strong and once again we look for help from the community, employees and members to give what they can in both Utah and Southern Nevada as we lead into the holiday months.”

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America First Strolls in Support of 10th Anniversary of West Haven Elementary Cancer Walk

-Joined by the Utah Jazz dancers and Jazz Bear, the credit union encourages community and public to help meet $10,000 goal for 10th annual event May 20-

Riverdale, Utah – America First Credit Union will once again join in the cause to raise monies for the American Cancer Society alongside West Haven Elementary School during its 10th Annual Hawk Walk 7 a.m., Friday, May 20. Hosted by West Haven students, the mini Relay-for-Life raises funds for the American Cancer Society. Since its inception in 2007, the Hawk Walk has raised more than $47,000 for the American Cancer Society. As part of the decade-long celebratory milestone, West Haven students and teachers have embarked on a goal to raise $10,000 to donate to the cancer society.

In support of West Haven’s goal, America First will donate cookies, bottled water, a live DJ and $5 for every student walking from 7 to 8 a.m. The America First Credit Union Utah Jazz dancers and the Utah Jazz mascot, Jazz Bear will be in attendance to cheer on the walkers.

The annual event held in May is designed to encourage students and individuals to learn the principle of generosity. West Haven Elementary has continued to support the Hawk Walk by implementing donation programs across campus. Once a month, the school encourages students to participate in ‘wear a hat’ to school day, which allows them to get involved by donating $1 to the cause. Delivery and district workers are also invited to participate by donating $1 if they are wearing a hat on campus. So far this school year, West Haven has generated a total of $3,230 through this effort. The school did donate $1,030 of the money raised to the family of a student at the school who has cancer.

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A Lasting Legacy of Giving

For 21 years, America First has been collecting donations to buy new shoes for economically disadvantaged schoolchildren in Utah and Nevada.

Our Warm The Soles of Kids program has become one of America First’s most enduring traditions — and we’re hoping you’ll ensure it continues.

We’re accepting your contributions that will benefit the less fortunate at all of our locations and via free Online Banking.

Please consider taking part in this annual effort by making a cash contribution to Warm The Soles today. They’re accepted through December 31. Go to americafirst.com, stop by a branch, or return the donation slip available here.

Warm The Soles is a program operated by the America First Charitable Foundation, a Utah-based non-profit organization. Tax ID #87-0511475Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

Take Part in the Tradition of Giving

For 21 years, America First has provided new shoes for economically disadvantaged young students during the holidays.

Warm The Soles of Kids has become one of America First’s most enduring traditions, and we’re hoping you’ll help ensure it continues.

We’re collecting donations at all of our locations and via Online Banking for this effort, benefitting the less fortunate in our communities from northern Utah to southern Nevada.

Visit us here for additional information.

Please consider taking part in this annual program by making a cash contribution to Warm The Soles today — they’re accepted through December 31.

Warm The Soles is operated by the America First Credit Union Charitable Foundation, a Utah-based non-profit. Federal TIN: 87-0511475. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.