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Community Giving: Charity Starts Here

November 28, 2016

Volunteers deliver Thanksgiving dinnersIt’s important to be involved in and support your community whenever you can. Our efforts throughout the year include developing partnerships with area organizations for greater impact. Kids Oneida is one such organization. They are a unique home- and community-based not-for-profit network that provides individualized and non-traditional services to our highest risk youth—those with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.

Working with at-risk youth and their families, Kids Oneida has consistently been able to divert out-of-home placements, keeping children with their families, and in their homes, communities, and schools. They accomplish this through a variety of programs designed to meet the needs of families and children in Oneida and Herkimer Counties. Using the “wraparound” treatment philosophy, these programs range from very intensive to less restrictive.

First Source is proud to have helped Kids Oneida for many years through corporate funding, volunteering, and personal employee donations. Funding has gone toward maintaining programs and services; volunteers have helped feed more than 100 families Thanksgiving dinner; and personal employee donations go toward “adopted” families each holiday season, providing gifts where there otherwise might not be any. Over the past 6 years, we have adopted 136 children from 48 different families.

In 2016, we’re proud to have given almost $3,000 in corporate funding to this great organization. In addition, we’re providing gifts to needy families, adopting 28 children from 8 families.

Please consider joining us this year. Together we can do so much more!

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5 Tips for Buying a Vacation Home

August 10, 2016

Whether you call them “camps”, “cottages”, or “lake houses”, vacation homes are often a bigger investment than our primary homes. If you’re considering a vacation home, go in with both eyes open, and you’ll make a great investment of your money, time, and leisure. Here are 5 tips to keep in mind: 1. Visit first … Continue reading "5 Tips for Buying a Vacation Home"

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Getting Started: Teaching Community Kids Financial Skills

August 1, 2016

First Source, initially founded as Utica Teachers Federal Credit Union in 1938, has deep roots in education, so financial literacy is very important to us. When people learn good financial habits at an early age, they benefit throughout their lifetimes. That is why we’ve offered the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) program for many … Continue reading "Getting Started: Teaching Community Kids Financial Skills"

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Opening a New Branch: Child’s Play at Utica Children’s Museum

July 1, 2016

We’ll be opening a new “branch” soon: a play credit union for kids who visit the Utica Children’s Museum in Utica. Stan Kocyba, our Facilities Manager, will be creating a new financially-focused learning and play space for inquisitive young minds. Stan is in charge of our properties decisions, normally making the important calls on land … Continue reading "Opening a New Branch: Child’s Play at Utica Children’s Museum"

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4 Financial Tips for Traveling Internationally

June 9, 2016

Travelling this summer? Stay safe, have fun, and prevent financial surprises with these financial tips. 1. If you’re planning to travel abroad to a destination where you’ll need to exchange currency, make sure to do that before you go. It’s almost always more expensive to exchange at the airport or visitors’ center. Check your local … Continue reading "4 Financial Tips for Traveling Internationally"

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