[Danville, PA] – In 2016, Service 1st celebrated the grand opening of their tenth branch, located at 1185 North 4th Street in Sunbury and closed out the year with total assets exceeding $300,000,000. There are 415 credit unions in Pennsylvania. Service 1st is currently the 24th largest in the state.
“Continued growth in the fnancial service industry takes work and a strong commitment to our members, their families and our communities,” said Bill Lavage, President/CEO, Service 1st. “As a team, we value the trust our members place in us and remain focused on our core values as we evolve to meet the growing needs of those we serve.”
Service 1st Federal Credit Union continues to experience growth in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania; crediting dedicated volunteers, knowledgeable employees, and a strong commitment to serve both their community and members as major factors for their expansion.
“Our core values are the center of our culture at Service 1st,” said Linda Brown, Chief Administration Offcer, Service 1st. “Importance of people, service excellence, integrity and ethics, fun and support community are just a few of the values that motivate our team. We take our jobs very seriously; however, we also know the benefts of having fun and the importance of taking an active role to make a difference.”
Service 1st supported a number of local charities in 2016, raising funds and awareness. In August, they hosted their 23rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament, raising $37,500 to beneft AGAPE, the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital at Geisinger Medical Center and Danville Area Volunteer Fire Companies. They partnered with Heart-to-Hand Ministries and Old Forge Brewing Company for Going Gold II to raise awareness about pediatric cancer and funds for ThinkBIG. In November, they teamed up with the River Rat Brew Trail and raised over $7,000 to beneft Pints for Prostates and educate the community about the importance of early health screenings.“
On February 1, we kicked off our Sixth Annual Community Savings Challenge (Challenge),” said Karen Wood, Chief Experience Offcer, Service 1st. “The Challenge truly represents who we are as an organization. Not only does it give members an opportunity to support a local charity; the fnancial checkup helps empower members, by identifying areas where they may be able to save.”
Service 1st’s Community Savings Challenge runs through May 31. This year’s Challenge will beneft AGAPE, Bloomsburg; PSPCA, Danville; Ruth’s Place Women’s Shelter, Wilkes-Barre; Meals on Wheels, Lewisburg; Haven Ministries, Sunbury; SUM Child Development, Miffinburg; Firetree Place, Williamsport and Caring for Kids, Sunbury.
Service 1st was established in August 1975 as Geisinger Employees Federal Credit Union. In the early days, the credit union was located in the cottages on the Geisinger Medical Center campus and operated by volunteers dedicated to helping members achieve their fnancial goals. Today, Service 1st has over 27,000 members, 95 employees and ten branch locations in Bloomsburg, Danville, Lewisburg, Loyalsock, Miffinburg, Shamokin Dam, Sunbury and Wilkes-Barre, in addition to a strong online and mobile presence.
Service 1st is a member-owned fnancial cooperative led by a team of staff and volunteers that place their members at the heart of everything they do. This full-service fnancial institution offers members products and services designed to meet the ever-evolving needs of their families and businesses.
To learn more about Service 1st or to take part in the 2017 Community Savings Challenge, please call 800.562.6049 or visit www.service1.org.