December 2012

First Capital Employees Bring Christmas to a Family in Need!

York, PA – Employees of First Capital Federal Credit Union have kept up their annual tradition and adopted a family from the Bell Family Shelter, a 30-day emergency shelter serving homeless families in York County.

"It's really a wonderful reflection on our employees that we are able to adopt a family again this year," says Michele Wherley, Human Resources/Training Manager. "We are living our mission statement of putting the financial wellbeing of our members and dedication to our community FIRST."

On Wednesday, December 19, 2012, Eric and his daughter Paige, stopped by First Capital to express their appreciation and to accept the presents for their family.


Michele Wherley, First Capital; Diana Moye, Bell Socialization Services; Paige and Eric, Adopted Family

First Capital Helps Fight Cancer!

York, PA – On December 5, 2012, First Capital Federal Credit Union held a silent auction during its holiday party. The silent auction was made up of items donated by our Select Employee Groups and others affiliated with the C.U., and ranging from a framed picture and signed baseball to gift cards and duffle bags. Employees bid on the items all evening and in all raised $1,835 for the York Cancer Center. The money will be used to help cancer patients in York County pay their utilities and fuel bills this winter, as well as purchase food.

This was all part of First Capital's commitment to our No One Fights Alone Campaign. The campaign started with a desire to help two employees battling cancer and expanded beyond that. Since 2011, First Capital has raised over $7,000. That money has gone to towards cancer research and helping those locally who are battling the disease.


Dennis Flickinger, President/CEO presents the check for $1,835 to Peggy Tilton from the York Cancer Center.

First Capital Members & Employees Bring Christmas to Those in Need!

York, PA – Christmas is a time of giving and members and employees of First Capital Federal Credit Union have certainly gotten into the spirit. Dozens of toys are showing up at each First Capital branch daily to be donated to Toys for Tots, a program created by the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve to help needy children. Hats and mittens are also starting to fill up the hat and mitten tree. The cold weather gear will later be donated to Family-Child Resources and the Children's Home of York to help children in need. In addition, canned goods are being collected for the York County Food Bank. "It's a busy time of year, but First Capital employees and members continue to open their hearts and wallets to help others," said Tara Houser, Director of Marketing. "That's what the credit union philosophy of People Helping People is all about!"


Members drop off hundreds of toys for Toys for Tots!

First Capital Employees Raise Money for Superstorm Sandy Victims!

York, PA – First Capital Federal Credit Union staff dressed in jeans and First Capital shirts on Friday, November 9, 2012 to raise money for Superstorm Sandy victims. Two hundred and fifteen dollars was raised by employees who each paid $5 to wear jeans that day. Additionally, canisters provided by the American Red Cross were put out at each branch to raise even more money. The canisters were returned to the Red Cross on Friday, December 14th. The money raised will be used for meals and snacks and relief items such as clean-up kits and hygiene kits.

Providing Financial Literacy to Students!

York, PA – On Friday, December 7, 2012, two employees from First Capital Federal Credit Union volunteered as financial advisors for Junior Achievement's, The Challenge at Finance Park™. The Finance Park 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 plan, and furniture to purchase, 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 Marketing Director. "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 3 to 4 students. Friday's group was Sophomores and Juniors from Dover High School. The students arrived at 9:00 a.m. and the day wrapped up around 1:00 p.m.


Tara Houser, Marketing Director, works with students from Dover High School during JA's Challenge at Finance Park.

October 2012

First Capital Holds Member Benefit Day! Benefits the Banks Can't Match!

York, PA - First Capital Federal Credit Union celebrated International Credit Union Day with a Member Benefit Day and Enterprise Car Sale on Thursday, October 18, 2012. Six vendors took part in the day at First Capital's Main Office located at 1601 Kenneth Road, York - Liberty Mutual, CUNA Mutual Group, Enterprise Car Sales, Sprint, the Family Security Plan and Bailey Coach - each touting the discounts or benefits they provide to members. "A lot of our members don't realize the many benefits available to them through the Credit Union, said Tara Houser, Marketing Director. This day is designed to showcase those relationships and help our members realize how valuable their membership really is. Special items sold at First Capital like discounted movie tickets, Visa Gift Cards, and coins, were on display at the First Capital table. Members also had the opportunity to enter a drawing for door prizes. And members didn't walk away hungry, First Capital and Enterprise provided lunch consisting of hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages, chips, cookies and drinks to employees and members alike.


First Capital's table display during Member Benefit Day.

September 2012

First Capital FCU Promotes New Youth Programs at Saturday in the Park!

York, PA - First Capital Federal Credit Union staff worked Springettsbury Township's Saturday in the Park event on September 29, 2012. The team had a duck pond grab game for those ages 13 and younger, and a coin guessing game for 14-25 year olds. Adults could enter a drawing to win a VISA gift card and a coffee mug. Throughout the day, the First Capital booth was visited by many parents and children and a lot of information on our new youth programs as well as toys was given out.


Mary Corbin works the First Capital booth.

The York Chapter of Credit Unions hosts Benefit Concert!

York, PA On Tuesday, September 11, 2012, the York Chapter of Credit Unions sponsored a concert at the Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center titled "HONORING OUR COUNTRY'S HEROES." The concert featured well-known musician, John Sebastian, with special guests Cooney & Eliot, and benefitted Homes for Our Troops, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping America's wounded warriors obtain suitable housing so they can resume a normal life.

The York Chapter of Credit Unions, an organization of not-for-profit financial institutions whose guiding philosophy has always been "People Helping People," partnered with Homes for Our Troops to raise funds in order to build a home for a LOCAL soldier who was wounded and left handicapped in the service to our Country.

The event began at 7 p.m. with the National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance and Presentation of Colors followed by the musical acts. There was a special 'meet and greet' with John Sebastian and Cooney & Eliot after the performance. A special reception for local dignitaries, event sponsors, and Credit Union CEOs was held prior to the concert. Donations during the evening totaled more than $400. And, ticket sales amounted to roughly $5,000. All proceeds will be donated to roughly $5,000. All proceeds will be donated to Homes for Our Troops.


John Sebastian performs.

First Capital Federal Credit Union Awarded Prestigious LEED® GOLD Certification!

York, PA First Capital Federal Credit Union has been awarded LEED® GOLD Certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nation's preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. And, the facility is the first retail facility in York to receive Gold status.

Built by Henderson Construction Services of York, the one-story, 4,160-square-foot building, located at 2602 Course Road in York Township opened in August 2009.

"This facility is a great example of what a retail financial institution can do to have minimal adverse impact on the environment, said Stewart C. Cluck, Architect. "It should be the model for other retail facilities to follow."

First Capital achieved LEED GOLD Certification for its South York Branch because of its energy, lighting, water and material use as well as how it incorporates a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

"With each new LEED-certified building, we get one step closer to USGBC's vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation, said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. As the newest member of the LEED family of green buildings, First Capital Federal Credit Union is an important addition to the growing strength of the green building movement.


Senior Managers and Board Members with our newly installed LEED GOLD plaque.

This Wedding's a Hit!

York, Pa -On Saturday, September 1, 2012 First Capital Federal Credit Union sponsored the 6th annual Wedding Night at the York Revolution baseball game. Dave and Abby Fritz, season ticket holders, were chosen as the lucky couple to exchange "I Do's" before the game. The couple also received a free reception with friends and family and took part in the first pitch. First Capital, as the wedding night sponsor, also had the opportunity to participate in events throughout the night. Sue DeStephano, VP of Lending threw out the first pitch; Dennis Flickinger, President/CEO, presented the bride and groom with a gift from First Capital; and Scuba Sammy, "our new Deep Sea Savers mascot, made an appearance at the First Capital table.


Scuba Sammy makes an appearance at the First Capital table.

June 2012

"New Venue, New Books, and a New Record! Book Nook Bonanza 2012 Ends in Success!"

at the York Hospital Auxiliary's Book Nook Bonanza 2012. This year's Book Nook offered more than 250,000 books, hundreds of magazines, as well as VHS, DVD, albums and tapes for low prices. These items are donated by the York community throughout the year. In all, the three-day sale, held at the York City Ice Arena, raised more than $65,000.00. That's one of the highest amounts ever raised from the annual event. That money will be used for Camp Green Zone, an asthma camp for children, as well as for Vision Therapy Equipment.


Kayla Lewis, Member Service Representative at First Capital FCU and Book Nook volunteer, stamps hands as people enter the Book Nook Bonanza sale.

First Capital FCU Takes Part in the United Way's Day of Action!

On Thursday, June 21, 2012 First Capital Federal Credit Union took part in the United Way's Day of Action. The Day of Action is one of the largest volunteer events in York County. More than 500 individuals participated in over 75 projects at local agencies. And, managers at First Capital and 3 York Catholic students did their part to help out by weeding and mulching around the Margaret E. Moul Home.

"It was hot, but our projects were accomplished in a timely manner," said Tara Houser, Marketing Director. "We drank plenty of water and Gatorade and even enjoyed popsicles provided by the Home after our work was completed. Those at the Margaret E. Moul Home were very appreciative of our efforts and it was a very rewarding experience for us."


Tara Houser, Alicia Venable, Sharon Miller, Eli, Becky Braun, Alex, Joseph Braun, Linda Thompson, Bill Pacacha, Wendy Spangler, Wendy Tawney

2012 Scholarship Winners

First Capital Federal Credit Union is very proud to announce Ellen Hendrix and Jade Williams as its 2012 Scholarship Winners. Both winners recently visited First Capital to receive their checks for $500 to be used towards their first year of schooling.

"It's great to be able to give this money to Ellen and Jade to help them accomplish their educational goals," said Dennis Flickinger, President/CEO. "We know they'll go far."

Ellen is an Honors student from Dallastown Area High School. She will enter Franklin and Marshall College this Fall and pursue a degree in the sciences. From there she plans to continue her education then work with the Peace Corps or Doctors Without Borders. Ellen is a member of the National Honor Society and has won numerous awards in local Science Fairs. She also plays Varsity Field Hockey and Lacrosse; and is involved in the musicals, concert choir, and Student Council.

Jade is an Honors student from West York High School. She will enter the University of Pittsburgh this Fall and pursue a medical career as a pediatrician. Jade is involved in the National Honor Society, and Student Council. She is also on the Varsity Volleyball and Lacrosse Teams. She is very active in her community and helps out at Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen and serves as a Sunday School Teacher at her church.

Congratulations again to Ellen and Jade and good luck in school this coming Fall.


Congratulations to Ellen and Jade

May 2012

Janet Fleming Competes in the PA State Youth Ambassador Competition!

York, PA - On May 20, 2012 the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association held their 36th annual Youth Ambassador Contest in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the Wyndham Grand. Thirteen young, enthusiastic credit union employees and members ranging in age from 17 to 25 from around the state competed for the title of "2012 Youth Ambassador."

Contestants were judged on three things a written examination, interviews with the judges, and their speech. Representing the York Chapter of Credit Unions was our very own Member Service Officer, Janet Fleming. Although Janet did not win, her performance during the contest made First Capital very proud.

Winners: 2012 Youth Ambassador:

  • April Singleton, Citadel Federal Credit Union
  • First Alternate: Andrea Graver, Pittsburgh Central Federal Credit Union
  • Second Alternate: Matthew Lynn, TruMark Financial Credit Union


Several Credit Union Friends and Staff Members Cheer Janet on during the Contest!

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

Each volunteer worked with 4 to 6 students. Friday's group was Juniors and Seniors from Eastern York High School. The students arrived at 9 am and the day wrapped up around 1 pm.


Sue DeStephano, VP of Lending, works with six Eastern York High School students during The Challenge at Finance Park.

April 2012

York County Credit Unions Join Forces for an Enterprise Car Sale!

York, PA- Five credit unions in York County teamed up for the Spring It On! Enterprise Used Auto Sales Event April 27 & 28, 2012. The event was held in the Toyota Arena at the York Expo Center and featured more than 100 Enterprise Cars for sale. Members who were pre-approved for a loan and purchased a vehicle also received $500 in their account, courtesy of Enterprise. Plus, those who came out on Friday night were also entered to win door prizes donated by each credit union. First Capital Federal Credit Union, AmeriChoice Federal Credit Union, New Cumberland Federal Credit Union, White Rose Community Credit Union and York Educational Federal Credit Union took part in the sale and together sold a total of 29 vehicles.

In addition, the Credit Unions also used the sale to promote safe document destruction by providing FREE shredding for four hours on Saturday.


First Capital's booth at the Enterprise Car Sale.

First Capital FCU Participates in Office Olympix!

York, PA - It was like a step back in time for this year's Office Olympix. Thirty-six teams from York area businesses, dressed as characters from their favorite television shows, competed on Thursday, April 26, 2012 from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm to see who could win the Olympix games and raise the most money for Easter Seals. The event took place at the Valencia Ballroom in York. The evening started off with a buffet dinner for all attendees and a parade by the Easter Seals- Ambassador Kids. Then, the games began. There were 8 games to take part in including "Racin' to the Jon" and Ping Pong Relay. First Capital Federal Credit Union came in 1st place in fundraising, raising nearly $1,500 for Easter Seals. "Although this was a fun event, the most important part is knowing we're helping local children and adults with disabilities and special needs gain opportunities for independence," said Tara Houser, Office Olympix co-chair. "First Capital Federal Credit Union is proud to sponsor the event." In all, the event raised $31,370 for Easter Seals.


First Capital is named the top fundraiser for Office Olympix.

CU Superheroes Invade First Capital FCU!

York, PA- To celebrate National Youth Week and this year's theme of 'Be a Credit Union Super Saver', First Capital FCU is asking its staff and young super savers to dress up as their favorite superheroes for a chance at a special prize and their photo posted on Facebook. Some First Capital staff members kicked off the week in their favorite costumes. Super Teller Jess took home the prize for best dressed and received two movie tickets for her creative costume. Additionally this month, children (ages 2-12) who deposit $25.00 or more in one transaction are invited to earn some extra cash. With one hand they can reach into our coin cache and pull out a handful of coins which will also be deposited into their accounts. Not to be left out, there's something for teens the month of April too. For every deposit of $25, teens will be entered into a drawing to win a super movie prize package which includes two movie tickets, a 'superhero' DVD and candy.


Check out Super Teller Jess. She is getting into the spirit of Youth Week.

February 2012

First Capital FCU Supports the Go Red for Women Movement!

York, PA - On February 3, 2012, First Capital staff members wore red to support the Go Red for Women movement. The movement was founded by the American Heart Association to fight back against heart disease and stroke, the number one killer of American women. Millions of people all across the country took part in this special awareness day.


Left to right: Anna Hartman, Alicia Venable, Janet Fleming, Cathy Nelson, Sharon Miller, Amber Renick, Sue DeStephano, Neela Joshi, Gnanu Ayysola, Sheryl Keyton, Lisa Day, Judy Wire, Susan Theophel In front: Tara Houser, Helen Eisenhart