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Franklin First FCU Honored as Community Hero at Credit Union Heroes Gala

March 28, 2019 – Springfield, MA

Franklin First Federal Credit Union (FFFCU) was honored as a Community Hero at the Credit Union Heroes and Community Bank Heros Awards Gala on March 28, 2019 hosted by American Business Media, publisher of Banking New England and Centerpoint magazines at the all new MGM Springfield. Wolf and Co., one of the nation’s leading tax, audit and CPA firms, was the Presenting Sponsor of the Awards Gala. The awards gala recognized 18 community banks and credit unions from across New England for their creation of their unique community partnership and going beyond the call to aid their community. Vincent M. Valvo, American Business Media publisher and CEO, said, “We sought out the banks and credit unions that are doing things that are interesting, impactful and innovative.”

Franklin First was recognized for their partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County through the creation of a Financial Carnival designed to educate the youth in their community about identifying, earning, and spending money. Franklin First organized several Financial Carnivals to coincide with mentoring sessions with local Bigs (Age 16-18) and Littles (ages 8-11) as a fun, yet educational alternative to their normal mentoring session routines. The carnivals involved a series of games designed to identifying currency, wants and needs, recognizing expense, experiencing financial gains and losses, all while tracking their earnings and expenses in a savings register to save up for a fun prize at the end of the night.

Michelle Dwyer, President/CEO of Franklin First said, “Our community partnership with Big Brother Big Sisters of Franklin County has been integral in the credit union being able to offer financial education to a younger demographic. Their participation allows us to engage two different generations at once within their Friday night mentoring programs.”

Franklin First received Silver in the category of credit unions with less than $500 million in assets.

Credit Union Heroes Gala

Michelle Dwyer, President/CEO of Franklin First accepts the award on behalf of the FFFCU from John Leonard, CPA/Principal of Wolf & Company, P.C.

BBB names Franklin First Federal Credit Union finalist for 2018 Western MA Awards for Marketplace Excellence

April 12, 2018 – Chicopee, MA

The Better Business Bureau, serving Central and Western Massachusetts, as well as Northeastern Connecticut, recognized Franklin First Federal Credit Union as finalist of the 2018 Award for Marketplace Excellence.

This award recognizes local businesses for their commitment to ethical business practices, community involvement and for treating their clients and employees with utmost respect.

This recognition is special to us, because it is based on feedback from the marketplace. With the ever changing landscape in the financial services industry, our Credit Union mission remains focused on being trustworthy and respected financial partner to our members, and the community we serve.

said Franklin First FCU President and CEO, Michelle Dwyer

Franklin First Launches Free College Planning Site

July 19, 2017 – Greenfield

Franklin First Federal Credit Union (FFFCU) has announced a partnership with Invite Education to offer a free comprehensive, life-cycle college planning website.

FFFCU’s College Planning Center, powered by Invite Education, is available to anyone, FFFCU members or non-members, who would like better information, tools, and services to more effectively plan and pay for college. FFFCU is the first Credit Union to partner with Invite Education.

Planning and paying for higher education can be a daunting task for families. Our hope in partnering with Invite Education is to make this process less stressful by helping families answer critical questions such as “How do I save for my children’s education?”, “Can my child get in to their dream school?” and “Can we afford it?”.

We look forward to helping all families in the community make the college planning process more positive and rewarding with our new College Planning Center.

said Franklin First CEO/President Michelle Dwyer

Invite Education is thrilled to have a strategic partner such as Franklin First, which is a visionary thought leader in offering a College Planning Center to clarify the college process for its members.

added Jeff Bentley, Director of Strategic Partnerships for Invite Education

The FFFCU/Invite Education College Planning Center is a robust platform with an intuitive design that empowers families to manage the entire college planning process from birth through high school. The website offers:

  • Age-appropriate guidance to empower families with detailed information on preparing, financing, and successfully applying to college
  • Easy-to-understand explanations to help parents evaluate options: savings, scholarships, financial aid, and loans
  • Comprehensive calculators and college and scholarship search engines
  • Resource Center with college planning resources and FFFCU endorsed products/services
  • Calendar that integrates relevant testing dates, college and scholarship deadlines, and family specific events

Those interested can access the FFFCU College Planning Center at https://franklinfirst.inviteeducation.com/. For more information, call Franklin First Federal Credit Union at (413) 774-6700.

About Invite Education

Founded in 2012, Invite Education demystifies the process of planning and paying for college by providing a comprehensive suite of information, tools and services for families. Offering an online custom College Planning Center, a weekly podcast called My College Corner, a blog and a book, they partner with organizations to provide this valuable information to their employees, members and customers.

Franklin First Awards $5,000 in Scholarship

June 15, 2017 – Greenfield

Franklin First Federal Credit Union has announced the winners of their 2017 Scholarships. The $5,000 in scholarship awards were made to six local students.

This year’s $1000 Ari Brown-Weeks Scholarship was given to this year’s top scholarship candidate, Matthew Walsh. The scholarship is named in honor of Specialist Ari Brown-Weeks, a paratrooper in the United States Army, who died in Iraq in 2007. Brown-Weeks was from Franklin County and the scholarship was established in 2007.

$1,000 Scholarship Winners:

  • Matthew Walsh (The Ari Brown-Weeks Scholarship winner)
  • Celia Speth
  • Molley Duclos
  • Mckenna Wells

$500.00 Scholarship Winners:

  • Jillian Connelly
  • Alejo Zacarias

Once again Franklin First is pleased to recognize the accomplishments of our scholarship recipients to help them pursue their academic goals in higher education. Additionally, we are proud to continue to honor the memory of Specialist Ari Brown-Weeks with the scholarship bearing his name. Franklin First offers congratulations to all the recipients.

said Franklin First CEO/President Michelle Dwyer

The $1,000 scholarships are given to students attending 4-year college programs, and the $500 awards are given to those going to 2-year colleges. Scholarships are awarded based on grades, extracurricular activities, community service, and a written essay.

Franklin First Awards $1,000 Video Contest Prize to Mohawk Trail Regional School

March 6, 2017 – Greenfield

Franklin First Federal Credit Union has awarded Mohawk Trail Regional School (MTRS) $1,000 for its participation in a “What Are Credit Unions?” video contest.

The students were asked to create a 30-second video for Franklin First promoting the credit union, what credit unions are, and how they help the community. Franklin First presented the prize to the Video Club at the school’s bi-weekly assembly on February 27.

We were very impressed by the talent exhibited in the MTRS students’ video. The participants displayed their technical abilities and in the process learned important lessons about the role of credit unions in the community. Franklin First is happy to sponsor this fun and educational experience. We congratulate the students and their advisor.

said Franklin First CEO/President Michelle Dwyer

The contest was held over the fall and winter with local schools invited to participate. The video had to be created, produced and edited solely by the students. In addition to the $1,000 prize awarded to MTRS, participating students were awarded gift cards.

The students, part of the Video Club, and led by their advisor Otis Wheeler, are:

  • Jordyn Corliss
  • Julia Hager
  • Peyton Hayward
  • Triston LaCross
  • Josh Messenger
  • Vera Reagan
Franklin First Awards $1,000 Video Contest Prize to Mohawk Trail Regional School

From left to right: Tristan LaCross, Joshua Messenger, Peyton Hayward, Otis Wheeler, Jordyn Corliss, Vera Reagan, and Julia Hager.

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