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Committed To Education

November 1st, 2013

collegesFirst Source has a longstanding commitment to education – from our original founding to be exact. Staying true to our roots as the Utica Teachers Federal Credit Union, it is important to us to invest in the health of our community and that includes eduction. Education is the foundation of what makes a community thrive. This is why we have longstanding partnerships with our local colleges, helping to meet their goals. This includes funding the Trading Room at Utica College and a Nursing Classroom at MVCC, development and expansion at SUNYIT and a planned business classrooms upgrade at HCCC. All are important facility upgrades for students enrolled in higher education. If we can help to get them the training and experience they need and keep them in our area after graduation, we’re all about that cause.

Rome branch in pink for National Mammography day.

October 18th, 2013

photoFirst Source employees are thinking pink today and into the weekend!

We are encouraging our employees and Members to join our team to support the fundraising efforts that are so crucial to finding a cure and providing support services to those newly diagnosed with breast cancer and to breast cancer survivors.

We invite you to join 38 First Source employees this Sunday at the Masonic Care Community for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.

Help us to raise money and awareness for an amazing cause that touches all of us in some way! The walk starts at 10:00. Learn more here.

Don’t let your child become a bully

October 4th, 2013

We thought that this piece over at sheknows.com was full of resources for parents who need to talk to their children about the problem of bullying in schools. An excerpt:

Kids can’t fight bullying without support

Bullying and cyberbullying are hot topics now more than ever. Some argue that bullying is a buzzword and that the term is overused. As long as bullying continues to be a source of injury, emotional distress and even suicide among tweens and teens, it’s crucial to keep talking about it. Kids need to feel empowered to fight bullying, report bullying and avoid becoming bullies. Bullies aren’t cartoon characters. They’re not villains. They’re children and teens. You might be the parent of a bully. How do you stop bullying where it starts?

Check out the full article here.

Our Community Giveback

August 28th, 2013

nole106f_4x5At First Source we pride ourselves on putting our Members first by providing solutions to improve their financial lives. But what sets us apart is our commitment to ensuring the overall well-being of our Members and truly making a difference in their lives. And this extends well beyond financial services.

Each year First Source re-invests enormously in our communities. Some of the biggest causes that are near and dear to us include The Ride for Missing Children, American Heart Association, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Education.

ride_teamThe National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s mission is to find missing children, eliminate child sexual exploitation and prevent child victimization. With the abduction of a local child more than 20 years ago, our local center was founded and a commemorative ride was organized. Now known as The Ride for Missing Children, this event is their largest fundraiser, drawing close to 500 riders each May. As the Luminary Sponsor, First Source is not only financially committed to this event, but we have numerous riders and volunteers raising funds and educating local children to keep them safe.

hug_hrThe Mohawk Valley is home to one of the nation’s largest Heart, Run & Walk events to benefit the American Heart Association. We field more than 60 walkers and runners every year to raise money for the cause. We’re also the Presenting Sponsor of the annual Go Red for Women Luncheon, supporting a movement designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health.

CMN_logoMohawk Valley Network, including Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare, is one of the area’s largest employers and primary medical networks. They provide essential, quality healthcare to our residents, and as a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, many of the vital women’s and children’s services on which our community relies. Each year millions of dollars are raised through the Foundation to ensure that residents don’t have to travel beyond our two-county region to receive crucial life-saving and life-changing medical attention. We’re proud to be a long-time supporter of both organizations.  Our employees will be bowling, answering phones, selling paper balloons, speaking at events and more.

Founded as Utica Teacher’s Federal Credit Union, we understand the value of education to the success of any community. Serving more than 25 school districts and 6 local colleges, we contribute to education in many ways, including funding a new state-of-the-art trading room and nursing lab, giving thousands of dollars in scholarships to local students, providing financial literacy materials and on-site seminars, participating in career fairs, supporting music and sports boosters, sponsoring events to raise money for classroom materials, and most recently, partnering with CORE™ on an anti-bullying campaign.

We also give back to communities through many other causes throughout the year. They include the arts, economic development, animal rights, debilitating or life-threatening diseases, public services, shelters and more. There are so many worthy causes and opportunities to make a difference, but it’s more than simply goodwill. We consider it our social responsibility to our Members and our community.

I have been told by several esteemed community partners and representatives that First Source not only donates to a cause, we embrace it. We truly care for the people we serve, and we hope it shows in everything we do. It’s heartwarming and humbling to hear stories of individuals and businesses that come to First Source because they see how actively we are involved in our communities. For us, giving back is part of who we are; it’s an extension of our identity. This year we celebrate our 75th Anniversary, which is symbolic of our lasting commitment and dedication to the Members and communities we serve. I’m confident that the relationships we’ve formed over the years by simply being a good corporate citizen will serve as examples of what great things we can do together.

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