News & Press
First Federal Internship Program at Linfield College Helps Nonprofits
First Federal and Linfield College have partnered for the 8th year to provide Community Internships to five Linfield students during spring term 2018. The students take on short-term project-based paid internships with charitable organizations in Yamhill County. This year the students are working on projects for Juliette’s House Child Abuse Intervention Center, Hope on the Hill, SNACK: Student Nutrition & Activity Clinic for Kids, Lutheran Community Services, and Yamhill County Gospel Rescue Mission. The internship program is a wonderful community partnership, having great impact on both the lives of the students and the organizations for which they intern.
Teach Children to Save
Teach Children to Save (TCTS), sponsored by the American Bankers Association Foundation, is celebrated annually during Financial Literacy Month in April. Bankers from across the country demonstrate their commitment to community by teaching young people the value of saving. First Federal staff visited 12 Yamhill County elementary schools to teach over 700 students about the importance of saving.
Community Shred Days Held
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. First Federal hosted Shred Days in October 2017 and April 2018 in McMinnville, Newberg and Sheridan, bringing commercial shredding service to the bank parking lots to provide quick, confidential and secure shredding. The event was free, but customers could give food to help local food pantries. During those three events, over 778 vehicles came through the parking lots and the Iron Mountain trucks shredded more than 41,200 pounds of paper! Folks donated over 1,000 pounds of food and $275 in cash to be donated to local food banks as a “thank you” for the Shred Days. Another Community Shred Day will be held on October 13, 2018 in McMinnville. Over the past 11 years, thousands of pounds of confidential materials have been shredded, helping our customers avoid identity theft problems.
You Voted, We Donated! $40,000 to Local Nonprofits
For the 20th year, First Federal customers have helped allocate thousands of donation dollars through the Customer Ballots program. We know it's important to serve our neighbors by providing exceptional personal banking options and by investing in nonprofit organizations in our community. That's why we donate $40,000 annually through our annual Customer Ballots program based on our customers' votes. To date, over $760,000 has been donated to nonprofits through this program. Checks are being delivered now to 85 Yamhill County nonprofits. The organizations receiving the most votes this year are Homeward Bound Pets, YCAP Food Bank, Pregnancy Counseling & Information Center, The Soup Kitchen @ St. Barnabas, and Newberg Animal Shelter Friends. Thank you, First Federal customers, for helping determine how this money will be shared!
Blankets, Books, & Toy Drives this Holiday Season
For the 21st year, our employees, customers and friends have generously donated to First Federal's Holiday Blanket & Book Drive, allowing us to deliver 579 blankets and 1,072 children's books to YCAP to be distributed this holiday season to Yamhill County families in need. First Federal branches have also been collecting items for local toy drives and Trees of Giving. Thank you to all for helping us help our neighbors this holiday season!
Governor Brown Proclaims Community Bank Week in Oregon
Governor Brown officially proclaimed October 16-20, 2017 as Community Bank Week in Oregon. The Governor bestowed this proclamation in support of the essential role Oregon’s community banks play in supporting local economies. For more than a century, Oregon community banks have provided the local financial services and support our communities need to prosper and grow. Community banks are an integral part of Oregon's overall economy through their community giving, dedication as good neighbors, and above all, their critical role in providing reliable financial services to Oregonians. First Federal supports the greater Yamhill County economy, giving back to the community through volunteer efforts and donations to nonprofit organizations.
First Federal Honored with First Place Portland Business Journal Corporate Philanthropy Award
On October 11, the Portland Business Journal awarded its annual Corporate Philanthropy Awards to the top 10 businesses in the small, medium, and large company categories for their charitable giving to Oregon and SW Washington charities. For the ninth consecutive year, First Federal was honored to receive an award in the Small Company Category, this year ranking 1st overall.
Thank you to the First Federal Board, Leadership Team, and staff for their commitment of monetary contributions and gifts of time. We are thankful for the recognition that this award brings to us and to Yamhill County!
First Federal Welcomes New Board Member
Carr Biggerstaff has been selected to join the Board of Directors at First Federal. Carr is highly involved in Yamhill County, serving as the Chief Wrangler of Chehalem Valley Innovation Accelerator, serving as a board member of the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce, and co-directing Innovate Yamhill County. He also co-owns BiggerstaffVBA, a virtual business assistance company, and Interrobang, a small-batch vermouth company. He brings experience as both a small business owner and officer of a publicly traded company, and is a veteran of numerous industries including high-tech, manufacturing, legal, finance, transportation, hospitality, and entertainment. We are excited to welcome him to First Federal.
First Federal Community Rewards Program Donates $20,000 to Non-Profits Based on Customers' Volunteer Efforts
Now in its 10th year, First Federal reopened its Community Rewards program on May 1. The program pays $2 for each hour our customers volunteer with a local non-profit, up to a maximum of $500 per organization. In three months, First Federal customers had volunteered over 10,000 hours. Sixty-five (65) non-profit organizations working in Yamhill County received funds as part of this program. A big thanks to 370 customers who volunteered their time to do good works and earn money for their favorite non-profits!
First Federal Awards Scholarships
First Federal awarded eight $1,500 scholarships to outstanding seniors in Yamhill County, and we are pleased to recognize them for their academic achievements and involvement in their schools and communities - Deryk Stearns (Amity High School), Sonia Vazquez (Dayton High School), Colton Price (McMinnville High School), Charlotte Grace Starling (Newberg High School), Caleb Hertel (Sheridan High School), Logan DiBetta (Willamina High School), Abigail Berhorst (Yamhill Carlton High School), and Sydney Huber (C.S. Lewis Academy, and recipient in "at large" category for private and home schooled students in Yamhill County).