17th Annual Holiday Blanket & Book Drive Helps Yamhill County Families
Lights, Camera, Save! Video Contest for Teens
First Fed Shred in McMinnville Another Success!
First Federal Internship Program at Linfield
FF Community Rewards Program donates $20,000 to non-profits based on customers' volunteer efforts
FF Board Member Julie Want receives volunteer award
First Federal Provides Literacy Programs at Schools
Middle School Students Learn about Digital Literacy and Responsibility
First Federal has also partnered with EverFi to bring its online program designed for grades 6-8 called "Ignition - Digital Literacy & Responsibility" to McMinnville middle schools. Duniway sixth graders are participating in the 4-hour media learning platform this spring to learn about their digital footprint, how to keep their identities safe, cyber bullying, good texting practices, online research, digital time management, and creating multimedia products. First Federal is working on expanding this program to other middle schools in the community.
First Federal Community Relations Coordinator Honored as Woman of the Year
May 6, 2013
Pam Watts, Community Relations Coordinator for First Federal, and businesswoman Kathy Cabe shared Woman of the Year honors at the 58th Annual Distinguished Service Awards Banquet held May 6 in McMinnville. "The DSA awards have meaning, they're important for this community, and it's a chance to reflect on the people who've made a difference in our lives and say thank you," said David Haugeberg, local attorney and active community leader.
Watts, recently hired as Community Relations Coordinator and working with First Federal's charitable giving programs, is a long-time volunteer and event coordinator, recently concluding seven years as Director of the Mayor's Charity Ball, which raises money for the Kids on the Block after-school enrichment program. She also co-chairs the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center's Farm Fest and Harvest Fest events, is a board member of the Willamette Valley Cancer Foundation and Yamhill Enrichment Society, and helps in other capacities in the community.
First Federal Heads to Elementary Schools for "Teach Children to Save Day"
In conjunction with National Financial Literacy Month and "Teach Children to Save Day" on April 23, First Federal employees visited 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms in McMinnville, Amity, Carlton, Sheridan, Newberg and Dundee schools to help teach over 450 children the importance of saving. "Teach Children to Save Day" is a national initiative and bankers across the country participate in this important work.
First Federal Community Shred Day in Newberg a Success!
April 13, 2013
Security is a priority at First Federal and helping community members protect their identities is just one of the ways First Federal is helping to create a safer community for everyone in Yamhill County. On Saturday, April 13, First Federal sponsored its 6th Shred Day event in Newberg (and 12th event overall) by bringing a commercial shredding service to the bank parking lot to provide quick, confidential and secure document shredding to customers and community members. Over the course of the morning, over 160 cars came through the parking lot, shredding over 11,400 pounds of paper. Watch for information about the next Shred Day event, to be held in McMinnville, on Saturday, October 19, 2013, helping to create a safer community for everyone in Yamhill County.
You Voted, We Donated! $40,000 to Local Non-Profits
For the 15th year in a row, First Federal customers have helped allocate thousands of donation dollars through First Federal's Customer Ballot Program. We know it's important to serve our neighbors by providing exceptional personal banking options and by investing in non-profit organizations in our community. That's why we donated $40,000 through customer ballots this year, for a 15-year total of $560,000. Now, 71 Yamhill County non-profits are receiving funds to help strengthen our communities. The top five non-profits receiving the highest funds based on your vote were: Homeward Bound Pets, YCAP Food Bank, St. Barnabas Soup Kitchen, Salvation Army, and Newberg Animal Shelter Friends.
Thanks again for participating in the Customer Ballot Program, and we hope you will continue supporting our communities by voting again next year!