What's New at First Fed


17th Annual Holiday Blanket & Book Drive Helps Yamhill County Families
December 2013

Thanks to the generosity of First Federal customers, employees and friends, this year's Holiday Blanket & Book Drive was a great success!  Blankets, children's books, cash donations and other items were brought into the six First Federal branches during the December 1-15 drive, and First Federal "elves" delivered 333 blankets, 788 children's books, money and clothing items to YCAP to be distributed to Yamhill County families.  First Federal is proud to be part of such a caring community.  

Lights, Camera, Save! Video Contest for Teens  
November 2013

As part of a national contest through the American Bankers' Association, First Federal is hosting the Light's Camera, Save! video contest for teens 13-18.  The video contest encourages youth to use video to communicate the value of saving and inspire others to become smart money managers.  The contest runs from November 1-30.  First Federal will host the first round of judging and will submit one winning video to compete on the national level.  Students can win up to $5,000 to fund their savings goal, plus $1,500 for their school.  Lights, Camera, Save! is aligned with the Teach Children to Save campaign, a national movement of volunteer bankers who guide young people towards lifelong savings habits. 

First Fed Shred in McMinnville Another Success! 
October 2013

Helping community members protect their security and identities is an important goal for First Federal.  On Saturday, October 19, First Federal hosted its 7th Shred Day event at the Home Office (13th event overall), bringing a commercial shredding truck to the parking lot.  There was tremendous response from the community again this year, with 411 cars coming through the parking lot during the 4-hour event -- filling the truck and shredding 18,000 pounds of paper.  This almost doubled last year's attendance, and it was the first time the truck has been filled.  The next First Fed Shred event will be April 12, 2014, at the Newberg branch.  

First Federal Internship Program at Linfield 
September 2013

First Federal and Linfield College are proud to announce the 5th year of First Federal Community Internships.  First Federal is funding up to five $1,000 scholarships for Linfield students to enable them to take on short-term internships with charitable organizations in Yamhill County during spring semester 2014.  Deadline dates for nonprofits to submit internship proposals is October 25.  "The First Federal Community Internship program was designed to harness the energy and skills of Linfield students to accomplish strategic goals for our local nonprofits, and we are delighted to continue this opportunity, "said Marshall "Rocky" Wade, President and CEO of First Federal.  

FF Community Rewards Program donates $20,000 to non-profits based on customers' volunteer efforts 
August 2013

Now in its 6th year, First Federal reopened its Community Rewards program on July 1.  The program pays $2 for each hour our customers volunteer with a local non-profit, up to an overall maximum of 10,000 hours.  The response was tremendous, and in just one month, First Federal customers submitted over 10,000 volunteer hours.  Sixty-one organizations received funds, with four receiving the maximum $1,000 cap.  We thank our many customers who volunteered their time and talents to so many deserving non-profit organizations.  

FF Board Member Julie Want receives volunteer award
July 2013

Julie Want, CPA and First Federal Board member, and her husband Walter were presented with a Hearts of Gold award at Providence Newberg Medical Center's annual fundraising event on July 31.  This year's honorees were Julie and Walter Want, Ray and Roberta Simonson, and Retired Recyclers, and honored their volunteer commitment in the community.  More than 380 people were on hand for the event, which is a fundraiser for the Mike Olberding Education Fund which helps nurses and other medical staff obtain advanced degrees and specialized certifications by paying for workshops, conferences and exam fees.

First Federal Provides Literacy Programs at Schools 
May 2013

Marshall "Rocky" Wade, President, announced that First Federal has partnered with EverFi, a leading online financial literacy platform, to bring the latest in media technologies to students in Yamhill County.  First Federal recognizes the critical need for financial literacy and is supporting the expansion of technology within the classroom at the high school and middle school levels.
"First Federal has a steadfast commitment to help people secure their financial lives, families and futures.  A key component of our support for financial education is to ensure teachers have effective teaching tools in the classrooms.  As part of First Federal's effort, we have launched a 3-year commitment to partner with EverFi - a leading online financial literacy platform - to provide teachers with an innovative online learning platform to use as a co-curricular tool," says Wade.
High schools in McMinnville, Newberg and Amity are participating this school year, with other Yamhill County schools in the process of adding it to their programs.  This online program uses the latest in new media technologies - adaptive pathing, 3-D gaming, social networking, online animations, video and messaging tools to bring complex financial concepts to life.  Students become certified in more than 600 topics in personal finance, such as budgeting, saving, using credit cards wisely, and financing higher education.
First Federal's goal is to bring the EverFi financial literacy program to all public high schools in Yamhill County.  By participating, Yamhill County schools are taking the lead on a statewide financial literacy initiative powered by Everfi. The partnership represents an innovative private-sector solution to our education system - implementing programs that provide students with the critical life skills to help them succeed - at no cost to the taxpayer.  The Everfi program is now in more than 5,000 schools across the U.S. and has certified more than 5.5 million students.

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"
April 2013

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 
March 2013

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!

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