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Committed To Education

August 12, 2016

First 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.

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Meet First Source Intern Kayla Angerosa

May 8, 2013

I am currently a student at Mohawk Valley Community College, in the past Spring 2013 semester I took the buiness internship class. This is a 16 week program in which us as the students go out and intern at various local businesses. I had the wonderful opportunity of interning at First Source Federal Credit Union in New Hartford, in the Marketing and Communications department.

I have taken away so many valuable skills and gotten the chance to work on

Better Communication Skills
Data Input
Working with different Design Software
and got exposure to the office environment.

I also had the opportunity to sit in on meetings, and work on some community events. All of the things that I have worked on here at First Source are hands on projects, that i would not be able to do in the classroom. I am going to be graduating this May, and plan to continue my education at SUNYIT in the fall.

I am so grateful, and would like to thank everyone at First Source for allowing me to come and intern here! I will take the knowledge that i have acquired into all of my future endeavors!

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Board Diversity; Shake It Up!

February 5, 2013

The following post was written by one of our Board Members, Pamela Goodison-Bick, CFE and was originally published on the CU Times.

Goodison-Bick7f_4x5I knew from the beginning that First Source Federal Credit Union was different. After all, they accepted an application to run for the Board of Directors from a 28 year old. I was honored that they would consider my application because I knew most organizations would not simply due to my age. In today’s fast moving environment, unfortunately many people are still being judged by their age and not their experience and qualifications.

During my first year on the Board I attended a credit union conference where a board member from another credit union had assumed my husband was the board member because he was male. The following year I attended a conference where one of the presenters asked an interesting question to a room of at least 75 people. Her question was “would anyone consider having a Gen Y person on your board?” I did not see one person in the room raise their hand. Not even consider?!? I began to wonder if anyone in this room had heard of Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates. Both individuals were in their teens when they started their incredibly successful companies. Would they not have made good board members in their Gen Y years?

There is a lot of discussion at credit union conferences about the importance of attracting young members. What better way to understand the needs and wants of younger members than to diversify your board of directors by recruiting someone from Gen Y? The benefits can be immense!

Gen Y has a lot to offer to a board of directors. They are typically well-educated, challenge the status quo, ask why, they understand how to manage their work and life balance, encourage efficiencies, and tend to be tech-savvy. These are all great attributes for future board members!

What is your credit union doing to ensure the individuals overseeing the strategic direction of your credit union keep your credit union not only competitive but also viable? Do you have term limits? How do you recruit younger board members? Does your board composition reflect the demographics of your membership?

The fact is that we are disserving our members by not having a board that represents the demographic makeup of our membership. We owe it to our members to ensure that a representative voice is guiding and leading their credit union into the future.

Pamela Goodison-Bick, CFE
First Source Federal Credit Union
Board Member

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Sharing the Love

November 28, 2012

Sharing the Love from First Source on Vimeo.

Long-time Member Robert Paulsen shares his experience of feeling the love from First Source after a recent injury left him temporarily disabled. With the help of First Source, he was able to support his family, pay the bills, and focus on getting back to work.

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Who Needs a Hug?

November 13, 2012


Kristy Nole, AVP Marketing & Communications at First Source Federal Credit Union gives us an inside look at how the lovable icon of the credit union, “The Hug” came to life. Kristy explains how the Hug is actually a physical representation of the caring culture and graphic marketing that is First Source’s brand.

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