Education First Federal Credit Union presents $35,000 to local schools

Education First Federal Credit Union and its We’re Paying It Forward program distributed 117 checks totaling almost $35,000 to local schools in Southeast Texas on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the Event Centre in Beaumont.
The program was developed three years ago to support local education while allowing Education First members to direct a portion of their own dollars back into the communities in which they live and work.
Through the We’re Paying It Forward program, when an Education First member takes out a loan, the credit union donates a portion of that loan back to the school of that member’s choice.
According to President and CEO of Education First Keith Brenek, “This is a way we can all give back to the communities that we serve. It’s a great way for us to provide some support to the schools and students in our field of membership, and this service makes a positive impact with our members.”
To date, donations have totaled $104,000 in unrestricted funds to help supplement school budgets and allow local schools to direct the funds where they are needed most.
For more photos from the event, see page 25.

Photo by Brandon Gouthier - Sal Guerrero, VP of Wealth Management at Education First Federal Credit Union, presents a check to Chad Odom, assistant principal of Kirbyville Junior High.