First Capital FCU Awards Three $1,000 Dennis Flickinger Honorable Scholarships to Members!

York, PA- First Capital Federal Credit Union is proud to announce Sabrina Stough, Hayley Arnold, and Jena Bixler as the 2017 Dennis Flickinger Honorable Scholarship winners. This week, all three winners visited First Capital to receive their checks for $1,000 to be used towards their first year of schooling.

"It's great to be able to give this money to Sabrina, Hayley, and Jena to help them accomplish their educational goals," said Sue DeStephano, President/CEO. "We know they'll go far."

Sabrina attends Dallastown Area High School. She will enter West Virginia University this fall and pursue a degree in health sciences. Her goal is to become an orthopedic surgeon. Sabrina plays on the varsity basketball team, is involved with track and field, and is in the varsity club. She is also involved with her church and helps with the Dallastown Youth Basketball program.

Hayley is a student at Spring Grove Area High School. She will enter West Chester University in the fall and pursue a degree in biology. Hayley aspires to become a pediatrician. Hayley is involved with Link Crew, National Honor Society, History Club and Field Hockey, just to name a few. Outside school, Hayley is involved with her church.

Jena is a student at West York Area High School. She will start classes at York College in the fall and pursue a degree in graphic design. Jena is on the distinguished honor roll. She also plays field hockey and organized the Kilts for a Cause game to support the Rescue Mission.

The First Capital scholarship program was renamed the Dennis Flickinger scholarship program in 2016 to honor our former CEO, Dennis Flickinger, who retired in 2015. Dennis advocated for financial education in schools and worked tirelessly to promote Credit Unions as a better choice for their financial future.





Leading Businesses in Region Recognized by The Manufacturers' Association as Top Manufacturer of the Year, Community Investor, Innovator and Partner

York, PA - The Manufacturers' Association, a growing regional trade association serving manufacturing, production and logistics in Pennsylvania and Maryland, recently honored the recipients of its 2017 annual Manufacturing Awards.

Presented as part of their awards segment at their April 26 'Annual Event' at The Pullo Center in York, the occasion set the backdrop for the Association to publicly honor and recognize its member companies and partners who have made a difference in the regional economy, the lives of their employees, their community, and the local manufacturing sector.

Honored as Manufacturer of the Year was Matthews International. Located in York County, Mathews International employs nearly 350 people in southcentral PA, and has an 85-year heritage of manufacturing in York, where many know of the company's brand as York Casket. Through recent acquisitions the company has been able to expand its market and add employment – 70 employees in the past year. Matthews has also made multi-million dollar investments in manufacturing equipment and other facility upgrades at the York location - purchasing new equipment, investing in robotic equipment and other automation, as well as productivity and environmental improvements.

Recognized as the Association's outstanding Community Investor was First Capital Federal Credit Union. Presented each year to the company that shows a concerted commitment to the betterment and growth of the local or regional community(s) in which it does business, this award honored First Capital Federal Credit Union – a not-for-profit, full-service financial institution owned by its members, operated in York County for more than 60 years. A few of the many community activities which First Capital is committed to include: Adopt a Family, Clothes donations to the Salvation Army, Financial Donations to the York Cancer Center and the American Heart Association, and educational and mentoring opportunities to local students through the Career Exploration Program and Student Tours. They also host the York County Alliance for Learning in their offices.

Honored as Manufacturing Innovator was Harley-Davidson Motor Company (York Vehicle Operations), for its innovative use of the industrial Internet of Things (IoT) technology, to maintain critical equipment. Harley-Davidson has become an automotive industry leader by adopting this cutting-edge Smart Sensor technology, which allows remote and wireless collection of real time machinery data that increases equipment uptime by predicting equipment failures, plans maintenance activities in advance, and also prevents machine failures from occurring in the future.

The Lancaster Workforce Development Board was recognized as the Association's Partner of the Year. The lead organization in Lancaster County for workforce planning and development, it administers federal and state funds to support job seekers, dislocated workers, employers and young people. The Board recently reorganized and created a new industry sector strategy focusing on manufacturing to produce better training and hiring outcomes for the industry.

As a result, the Board developed an Industry Training Partnership for Advanced Manufacturing, which succeeded in securing funds to support technical training for the manufacturing workforce. They have also secured training funds through the federal Make it in America program – to help re-shore production to Pennsylvania.

The four individual manufacturing and partnership awards were also presented by Doug Hall, nationally noted systems innovation practitioner and best-selling author, who served as the Association's keynote speaker for the April 26 gathering.


First Capital FCU Donates to the Salvation Army of York!

York, PA – On Thursday, April 20, 2017, First Capital Federal Credit Union's President/CEO Sue DeStephano and Community Engagement Officer, Lisa Barshinger, presented a check for $650.00 to the Salvation Army of York's Major Dennis Camuti, Corps Officer & Area Coordinator and Michele Baker, Director of Advancement.

The money was raised through our First Cap Gives Back program, a new initiative for us. For 2017, we selected four charities to support, one per quarter. And, the Salvation Army of York was chosen as the 2nd Quarter charity. To raise money, staff sold chocolate Easter Eggs to members at all of our branches, employees paid $5.00 to wear jeans on a specific day, and we sponsored a table at the upcoming Boots and Bags event. In all, First Capital donated $1,900 to the Salvation Army of York, $650 of which was presented today as the remainder of our donation.

"Thank you to the whole First Capital FCU team--for this generous gift, said Michele Baker. "We're honored to be this quarter's recipient of your fundraising."

For 3rd Quarter we will focus our fundraising efforts on the United Way of York County and for 4th Quarter, Leg Up Farm.


Youth Financial Advisory Board Helps Prepare Students for Life After High School!

York, PA – On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, First Capital Federal Credit Union's Youth Financial Advisory Board (YFAB) held its last meeting for the 2016-2017 school year. During the four sessions held over the course of two months, York County high school students learned about budgeting, understanding your credit, jobs available in the financial services industry, as well as the differences between banks and credit unions.

"This year we changed our focus," said Lisa Barshinger, YFAB Coordinator. "We made the sessions more educational, which we thought would better prepare students for life after high school."

Fifteen juniors and seniors participated in all 4 sessions. During the last session, we awarded two students with $500 scholarships; Abby Jovich from Central York High School and Meagan Holder from South Western High School. Three other students received gift cards as well.

We are currently accepting applications from York County High School juniors and seniors for the 2017 – 2018 YFAB sessions. Please contact Lisa Barshinger at 717.747.6393 or by email at lisab@firstcapitalfcu.com for more information.




First Capital Federal Credit Union Receives Diamond Award For Outstanding Marketing, Business Development Achievements!

York, PA – First Capital Federal Credit Union in York, PA was recently honored with a "Category's Best" Diamond Award, which recognizes outstanding marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry.

The award was presented by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Marketing & Business Development Council, a national network comprised of over 1,200 credit union marketing and business development professionals. Awards are given in each of 30 categories ranging from advertising to community events and beyond.

First Capital Federal Credit Union won the video category for its entry, entitled "Financial Feud Video". The video is a fun, interactive way to showcase the differences between credit unions and banks.

"The credit union industry has no shortage of marketing and business development talent, but, as the name of the prize suggests, these professionals shine the brightest," said Amber Scott, Chair of the CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council's Diamond Awards Committee and VP Marketing & Communications at 1st MidAmerica CU. "Bold, inventive and fearless in the face of uncertainty, the 2017 Diamond Award winners inspire us to aim higher and try new approaches."

Award winners were recognized at the council's 24th annual conference held March 29-April 1 in San Antonio, Texas. For more information on the Diamond Awards or to view the entire list of winners, go to www.cunacouncils.org/awards.


First Capital Federal Credit Union Holds Its 62nd Annual Membership Meeting!

York, PA – On March 23, 2017, First Capital Federal Credit Union held its 62nd Annual Meeting at its headquarters located at 1601 Kenneth Road, York. During the meeting, the Board of Directors discussed credit union business and then held an election.

This year we re-elected two incumbents – Scott Kurz of Minuteman Press and Stewart Olewiler III, Manchester Township Zoning Officer.

We also said goodbye to Rita Hoover. Rita, the CFO at GGS Information Services, resigned from the board after serving 10 years.


First Capital Federal Credit Union Holds Its Career Exploration Program!

York, PA – On March 23, 2017, First Capital Federal Credit Union in conjunction with The York County Alliance for Learning (YCAL), held a Career Exploration Day. More than a dozen sophomore, juniors or seniors from area high schools came to First Capital's headquarters for a look inside the financial industry.

We began the day at 9:00 a.m. with an introduction and tour of First Capital. Students had the opportunity to meet with various staff who help make the credit union run. From IT to Accounting, the students learned how every position works together to contribute to the Credit Union's success. After the tour, students heard from a career panel. The individuals on the panel talked about their career path and how they got to where they are today. Then, our team discussed the differences between banks and credit unions and students played an interactive game, "Who wants to be a First Capital member."

After a break for lunch, we discussed budgeting and students took part in a budgeting activity. To end the day, we played a jeopardy-like gave that quizzed them on the stuff they learned during the day-long session. The day wrapped up around 2:00 p.m.



First Capital Participates in Blue Jeans for Babies!

York, PA - On March 16, 2017, First Capital presented a check for $385.00 to the March of Dimes. Staff paid $5.00 to wear blue jeans on designated days as part of the March of Dimes "Blue Jeans for Babies" initiative.


First Capital FCU Hosts Students from York County High Schools!

York, PA – On March 7, 2017, First Capital Federal Credit Union hosted sixteen juniors and seniors from several York County High Schools for the first session of our 2017 Youth Financial Advisory Board (YFAB). In this session the students learned about the differences between credit unions and banks, toured First Capital's office and spoke with employees to learn about the various positions and job opportunities available in the financial industry.

"We are excited to work with the students," said Lisa Barshinger, YFAB Coordinator. "Being able to not only share important financial information to prepare them for adulthood but to also be able to show them what jobs are available to them in the future is very valuable."

In the three remaining sessions scheduled for March and April, students will learn more about budgeting, credit and the importance of your credit score.



First Capital FCU's Lisa Barshinger & Jeremy Ackerley Awarded Pennsylvania Credit Union Association Scholarships!

York, PA – On February 24, 2017, Lisa Barshinger, Community Engagement Officer and Jeremy Ackerley, E-Services Specialist for First Capital Federal Credit Union, received scholarships from the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association. Lisa and Jeremy were two of nine credit union professionals from across the state to be chosen to receive the Judge/Bradley Memorial Scholarship. The recipients will receive tuition and expenses to attend the Judge/Bradley Leadership School to be held August 13-17, 2017 at Penn State University.



The Judge/Bradley scholarships were established in 1972 by the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association to perpetuate the memory of all past Association Boards of Directors and are awarded annually to deserving credit union professionals of a member credit union who wish to attend the Judge/Bradley Leadership School. Applicants are eligible to win this scholarship up to two times. This is Lisa's second scholarship win and Jeremy's first.

Lisa Barshinger is the Community Engagement Officer for First Capital FCU. She is responsible for fostering relationships with Select Employee Groups, providing financial education at York County schools, and heads our First Cap Gives Back community involvement program.

Jeremy Ackerley serves as the E-Services Specialist at First Capital FCU. Jeremy is responsible for analyzing and delivering a superior member experience through technology and personalized attention.

First Capital FCU Volunteers with Junior Achievement to Provide Financial Literacy to Students!

York, PA – On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, eight employees from First Capital Federal Credit Union volunteered as financial advisors for Junior Achievement's, Real Life. The Real Life simulation focuses on financial literacy. Each student is given a life scenario which includes his/her age, job, salary, family status, etc. Students then choose a vehicle, a home to rent, a cell phone and food plan, among others. The goal is to budget their money to live within their means. They had to make hard hitting, real financial decisions on the fly. "It was really interesting to see the decisions each student made," said Tara Houser, First Capital FCU's Vice President of Marketing. "At times the volunteers had to question whether the decision that was made was the best one and help guide the student down a different path."

Each volunteer worked with 5 or 6 students. The students were seniors from Red Lion High School. The students arrived at 9 am and the day wrapped up around 1:30 pm.



First Capital FCU Hosts West York Area High School Students!

York, PA – First Capital Federal Credit Union hosted students from the West York Area High School on Friday, February 10, 2017. 52 students visited the CU's Kenneth Road branch to learn the differences between banks and credit unions and all the benefits credit unions offer. They started their visit with a fun game and ended with a tour of the branch to learn about the various positions and job opportunities available in the financial industry.


First Capital FCU Staff Participate in National Wear Red Day!

York, PA - On February 3, 2017, First Capital staff wore red to support the Go Red for Women movement. First Capital also sponsored a table at the Go Red for Women Luncheon held at the Out Door Country Club. In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute created National Wear Red Day to take action against heart disease, the number one killer of women. Millions of people all across the country took part in the special awareness day.

But, in addition to recognizing National Wear Red Day, First Capital is selling hearts through Friday, February 17, 2017 to raise additional money for the American Heart Association. The hearts sell for $1.00 each.



First Capital Helps Fight Cancer!

York, PA - During 4th Quarter 2016, First Capital Federal Credit Union held a credit card promotion to benefit the York Cancer Center. The promo stated that for every person who took out a credit card October – December 2016, First Capital would donate $2.00 to the York Cancer Center. Fighting cancer is important to First Capital staff. In 2010, we created the No One Fights Alone campaign to help employees who were battling the disease and through the years it has expanded beyond that.

"Cancer has touched the lives of many families, friends and members, that's why First Capital has committed to this campaign," says Sue DeStephano, President/CEO. "It's all about people helping people."

This check for $250 is just a small way we can give back and help those locally who are battling the disease.


Helping Children Stay Warm This Winter!

York, PA – On Friday, January 20, 2017, First Capital Federal Credit Union's VP of Marketing, Tara Houser and Community Engagement Officer, Lisa Barshinger delivered hats, mittens, and scarves to the Salvation Army of York. The cold weather gear was donated by members and staff during the holidays and placed on the Hat & Mitten trees located in our branch lobbies.

"We thank the staff and members of First Capital who so graciously gave us these items to help keep local children warm this winter," said Norma Escobar, Salvation Army Family Services Director. "It's because of companies like First Capital that we are able to support as many as we do."

The items will be given to the children involved in the Salvation Army's youth services.