First Choice America Community FCU receives national recognition

First Choice America Community FCU recently received a second place national award in the Dora Maxwell Social responsibility program sponsored by the Credit Union National Association.

Award-winning credit unions were recognized at CUNA’s 2018 Governmental Affairs Conference held recently in Washington, DC. First Choice America was the second place winner in the $250 million to $1 billion asset category. Nearly 6,000 credit unions, throughout the United States, participated in this program. In addition, First Choice America has been a first-place winner of this award on the state level for many years.

First Choice America’s entry showcased its philanthropic efforts toward local charities, with emphasis on leadership and volunteerism. First Choice America maintains its intensive, year-round community involvement practices through financial support, as well as countless hours of support by its officials, management, and staff of a variety of charitable organizations throughout the Ohio Valley.

“We congratulate First Choice America Community FCU on this prestigious award,” stated West Virginia Credit Union League President Ken Watts. “Year-in and year-out, through their actions, this credit union embodies the ‘people-helping-people’ philosophy of credit unions. We are pleased to see them recognized for their efforts at the national level.”

“We are sincerely grateful to CUNA for this tremendous honor named for a true pioneer in the credit union industry,” stated First Choice America President Scott E. Winwood. “Our Credit Union embraces the merits of good citizenship and strives to expand our value to society by generously supporting many charitable organizations in the communities that we serve. We have strong bonds with these communities and their residents, and make a sincere effort to assist when needed,” Winwood added.

Dora Maxwell was an original signer of CUNA’s constitution and a tireless organizer of hundreds of credit unions nationwide. She also developed volunteer organizer clubs and worked diligently with organizations on behalf of the poor. The Maxwell Award is presented to credit unions for outstanding social responsibility projects in their communities. Activities may include: solving core community problems, coordinating supply drives for the needy, raising money or organizing special events for charitable organizations, or mentoring students.

First Choice America is a $450 million financial institution with eight local offices and has serve the Ohio Valley since 1939.