December 2013

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 have shown 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. In November we made the first delivery to the York County Food Bank and it totaled 108 pounds of assorted food. "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, VP of Marketing. "That's what the credit union philosophy of People Helping People is all about!"


Sue DeStephano places toys donated by her BUNCO group into the Toys for Tots bins.

First Capital Helps Children in Crisis!

York, PA – On December 11, 2013, First Capital Federal Credit Union held its holiday party during which we raffled off baskets to support the Lehman Center. The baskets were made up of items donated by our staff, Select Employee Groups, and others affiliated with the Credit Union. The baskets were all unique in that each was themed and included everything from gift cards and food to a Kindle Fire HD and DVDs. Employees purchased tickets or brought in donations to receive tickets to enter to win a basket. In all, the basket raffle raised $1,041.00 and provided dozens of wish list items to the Lehman Center, one of three "crisis nursery" locations in the York/Adams County area. The center offers emergency respite care for children birth through six years of age in a 24-hour crisis nursery, art and child-centered therapy, family advocate services, and parent support groups. This is all part of First Capital's commitment to the community.


Michele Wherley, HR/Training Manager presents a check for $1,041.00 to Michele McWatters, Parent Support Group/Volunteer Coordinator and Martha Martin, Center Director.

November 2013

First Capital FCU Wins National Award!

The efforts of Pennsylvania credit unions were recognized nationally as five credit unions and the York Chapter won awards in this year's national Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service and Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Awards. In addition, there were two Honorable Mentions. The recipients are as follows:

Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service

  • First Place in the $5-20 million category: Keystone United Methodist FCU
  • Second Place in the $50-$100 million category: HealthCare First Credit Union
  • First Place in the $200-500 million category: Merck Sharp & Dohme FCU
  • Second Place in the Chapter category: York Chapter
  • Honorable Mention in the More than $1 Billion category: TruMark Financial Credit Union

Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Awards

  • Second Place in the $50-250 million category: First Capital FCU
  • Second Place in the More than $1 billion category: TruMark Financial Credit Union

In addition, HealthCare First Credit Union was awarded an Honorable Mention in the $50-150 million category of the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award.

The winners will be honored during a reception at the CUNA 2014 Governmental Affairs Conference, February 26, in Washington, D.C.

October 2013

First Capital FCU Holds Member Benefit Day as Part of International Credit Union Day!

York, PA - First Capital Federal Credit Union celebrated International Credit Union Day with a special Member Benefit Day on Thursday, October 17, 2013. Three vendors took part in the day at First Capital's Main Office located at 1601 Kenneth Road, York - Liberty Mutual, Enterprise Car Sales, and Sprint - each touting the 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, VP of Marketing. 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, a chili cookoff was held from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tastes cost $.25 and a bowl of chili was $2.00. In all, $122.25 was raised and will be given to the Children's Home of York. In addition to the chili there was popcorn and cookies. Free document shredding and a blood drive were also part of the special day.


A member stops by First Capital's table during Member Benefit Day.

First Capital Employees Pitch In at Leg Up Farm

York, PA – First Capital Federal Credit Union staff spent Employee Enrichment Day working at Leg Up Farm, a non-profit therapy center for children with disabilities and developmental delays. The team arrived at Leg Up Farm in the morning and heard from Louie Castriota, President of Leg Up Farm. He told how the Farm began and his mission to help children. After his talk, we toured the facility and learned more about how they educate and work with the children. After the tour, it was down to work. Some staff helped prepare items for the Silent Auction to be held at the Leg Up Farm Open House on Saturday, October 19, 2013. Others helped wipe down horse stalls and the wood in the arena, cleaned windows and picked up horse poop in the pastures. After lunch, the staff was back to work. We pulled weeds, stained chairs, swept the parking lot, anything that was needed to help beautify the area. "First Capital FCU may be closed on Columbus Day, but the staff was still hard at work," said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. "We use Columbus Day each year for enrichment whether that's training, team building, or helping out other businesses in our community." What a rewarding day!


Dale Rexrode and Devan DeShong stain chairs as part of Employee Enrichment Day.

August 2013

Sue DeStephano Represents First Capital FCU on PA Newsmakers!

On August 28, 2013, Sue DeStephano, VP of Lending, represented First Capital FCU at a taping of Pennsylvania Newsmakers. She spoke with Dr. Terry Madonna, Professor of Public Affairs and Director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College, and Russell Evans, Assistant Vice President Business Development at the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association, about the rising cost of higher education and what student loan options are currently available. Sue also discussed First Capital's private student loan program, CU Student Choice, and how it is an option when there is a funding GAP remaining after federal aid and scholarships have been awarded. The show will air on WGAL Channel 8 on Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 7:30 a.m.


Dr. Terry Madonna, Sue DeStephano and Russell Evans talk about student loans on Pennsylvania Newsmakers.

First Capital FCU named Best Credit Union in York in Susquehanna Style Magazine.

York, PA - On August 15, 2013, Tara Houser, VP of Marketing, and Sue DeStephano, VP of Lending, represented First Capital FCU at Susquehanna Style Magazine's Best of York celebration held at the Yorktowne Hotel. Local caterers and bakers provided food for the event while other vendors set up table displays with information about their services, coupons and giveaways. The evening was filled with music, games, and a slide show presentation of all the winners. First Capital's named was listed as York's Best Credit Union. Hundreds of people representing other companies named 'Best of York' also attended the event.


Tara Houser, VP of Marketing, and Sue DeStephano, VP of Lending, represent First Capital FCU at the Best of York celebration.

July 2013

Scuba Sammy and Roxy Rockstar Celebrate Their First Birthday!

York, PA – On Saturday, July 27, 2013, First Capital Federal Credit Union threw Scuba Sammy and Roxy Rockstar, the mascots for our youth program, the Ultimate Birthday Bash at The York Revolution baseball game.

"The Birthday Bash was quite a hit," said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. "We offered free tickets to the game to all of our Deep Sea Savers and Rock Star Super Savers to help us celebrate our youth programs 1st birthday. In all, nearly 50 people attended the game."

First Capital employees, who serve on the Gen Y committee, organized and worked the event. Activities included face painting, sand art, and a prize wheel…and they also enjoyed a two hour all-you-can-eat buffet which included pizza, hot dogs, applesauce, chips and animal crackers. Scuba Sammy and Roxy Rockstar were there to meet and entertain the children, as well! In between having fun with the activities, enjoying a warm slice of pizza, and meeting Sammy and Roxy, the youth also had the opportunity to sing happy birthday to our mascots and bite into a delicious piece of cake!

Unfortunately the game was delayed due to rain, but the families had fun with the activities and enjoyed the food. And, they even received a voucher to attend another game this season.


Our young members sing Happy Birthday to Roxy Rockstar and Scuba Sammy!

June 2013

The Book Nook Bonanza 2013 Raises $60,000 to Help Keep Children SAFE!

York, PA – On June 21-23, 2013, First Capital Federal Credit Union staff volunteered their time at the York Hospital Auxiliary's Book Nook Bonanza 2013. 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. In all, the three-day sale, held at the York City Ice Arena, raised more than $60,000.00. The money will be used to support the Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) Nurse Team. SAFE Nurses are specially trained professionals who understand the delicate nature of abuse against children. They perform the exams; make recommendations or referrals for further treatment and caregiver support groups.


Book lovers come out in force for Book Nook Bonanza 2013.

Crispus Attucks Gets a Fresh Look During the United Way Day of Action!

York, PA – On Friday, June 21, 2013 First Capital Federal Credit Union took part in the United Way 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 did their part to help out by painting at the Crispus Attucks home in York.

"The folks at Crispus Attucks were great to work with. They painted the 3rd story windows while we handled the 1st and 2nd floor ones, said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. "It was a great opportunity to get out in the community and live our mission of people helping people."

The Crispus Attucks Association of York is a non-profit that provides education services, human services, community development, and affordable housing to enhance the quality of life for a diverse population. Founded in 1931, Crispus Attucks takes its name from hero, Crispus Attucks, a freed slave and African American who was among the first to die in the American Revolution at the Boston Massacre.


The First Capital team paints woodwork at the Crispus Attucks home in York.

May 2013

First Capital FCU Competes in the 37th Youth Ambassador of Pennsylvania Contest!

York, PA - On May 17, 2013 the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association held their 37th annual Youth Ambassador of Pennsylvania Contest at the Hershey Lodge. Fourteen young, enthusiastic credit union employees and members ranging in age from 18 to 25 from around the state competed for the title of "2013 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 Representative, Olivia McClure. Although Olivia did not win, her performance during the contest made First Capital very proud.

The title of 2013 Credit Union Youth Ambassador of Pennsylvania went to Mike Williams of the Erie Chapter and Widget FCU. First Alternate was Rebecca Frischkorn of the Harrisburg Chapter and AmeriChoice FCU. Second Alternate was Nick Jones of the N.W. Susquehanna Chapter and Service 1st FCU.


Olivia McClure represents First Capital FCU and the York Chapter of Credit Unions during the Youth Ambassador Contest.

You Can Be a STAR at First Capital FCU!

York, PA – You too can be a STAR at First Capital Federal Credit Union. During the 2013 International Business & Workforce Expo on May 7 and 8, First Capital showcased its new Star RewardsSM program. "We had a photo booth set up for attendees to dress up in funny hats, boas, sunglasses, etc." said Tara Houser, VP of Marketing. "We wanted them to have fun, but also wanted a unique way to share the message that they could be a star at First Capital." Attendees received a copy of their photos with a message from First Capital and our web address for more information.

Star Rewards is First Capital's new program to encourage member engagement. Members are placed in a one-star, two-star or three-star tier. Their tier level is determined by length of time as a member as well as the products and services they use. The higher the star level, the greater the rewards!

New at the Expo this year, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett stopped by the newly renamed UTZ Arena at the York Fairgrounds, to open the Expo. The Expo also featured domestic and international businesses, an International Trade Conference as well as student groups who visited various booths to learn more about job opportunities available to them.


Dennis Flickinger, President/CEO promotes First Capital's booth at the Expo.

First Capital FCU Awards Two Scholarships to Members!

York, PA- First Capital Federal Credit Union is very proud to announce Sarah Berger and Jakyra Simpson as its 2013 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 Sarah and Jakyra to help them accomplish their educational goals," said Dennis Flickinger, President/CEO. "We know they'll go far."

Sarah is an Honors student from Dallastown Area High School. She will enter Point Park University this Fall and pursue a degree in photojournalism. Her dream job is to one day work for National Geographic. Sarah is a member of the National Honor Society, is editor of her school newspaper, works on the school's literary magazine and participates in chorus, and the high school musical. She is also a mentor for Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Jakyra is an Honors student from New Hope Academy Charter School. She will enter Indiana University of Pennsylvania this Fall and pursue a degree in pharmacy. Jakyra is involved in Theater Club, is on the yearbook committee, part of the school spirit club and Student Council. She is very active in her community and helps out at the Martin Library and Crispus Attucks.


Sarah accepts her check from Dennis Flickinger, President/CEO of First Capital. Jakyra stopped by First Capital to accept her check from Dennis Flickinger.

April 2013

Rockin' 25 Years for Office Olympix!

York, PA – There is "No Doubt" that Office Olympix which took place on April 25th was an amazing event. Nearly 40 teams from York area businesses took a "Journey" to the Valencia Ballroom to compete in the event. Dressed as their favorite rock bands, this "Motley Crue" competed from 6:30 pm – 9:00 p.m. in Olympic-style games in hopes of not feeling the "Sting" of losing. Food and drinks were provided before the games began then pizza was brought in at the end of the evening. The evening wrapped up with the announcement of game winners, top fundraisers, and raffle winners.

Participants also had the opportunity to meet some Easter Seals' kids, and learn more about the Easter Seals mission. "Although this is 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 chair. In all, the event raised more than $35,000 for Easter Seals, a new record for the event.


Helen and Jenna, dressed as The Village People, participate in the Office Chair Relay!

February 2013

First Capital FCU Supports the Go Red for Women Movement!

York, PA - On February 1, 2013, First Capital staff wore red to support the Go Red for Women movement. 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.


First Capital staff wore red to support the Go Red for Women movement.

January 2013

First Capital FCU Kicks Off 2013 Seminar Series!

York, PA – On Wednesday, January 23, 2013, First Capital FCU held the first seminar in its brand new 2013 seminar series. The Couponing 101 seminar featured Lisa Barshinger, Business Development Representative and avid couponer as she showed guests how to save money and become savvier shoppers without too much work. In all, we had nearly 40 people in attendance for the seminar. On February 13th, Enterprise Car Sales will be here to talk about Used Car Buying. A few other upcoming topics in the seminar series include 5 Questions You Must Ask Your Insurance Company, Financial Freedom and Budgeting. You can find a complete listing of our upcoming seminars and information on how to register on our website at www.firstcapitalfcu.com.

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Lisa Barshinger provides couponing information to seminar guests.