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Being a good neighbor is at the heart of what we do and an important way we fulfill our credit union purpose of People Helping People. We celebrate our community by investing time and money where our members live, work and play. Through our United for Community program, we are committed to the spirit of volunteerism, supporting local schools, and safeguarding the financial future of families in our community. Here are some of the ways we give back.

  • Community Service

    Our employees love to volunteer and 1st United makes it a priority for them to do so during the regular work day. Volunteering is an excellent employee benefit and team builder for our staff. But the best part is supporting our community.

    Team members have been seen gardening and working at local schools, packing and sorting food at the Alameda County Community Food Bank, and teaching financial literacy to students and at-risk individuals, among other things.

    We are always looking for new ways to help out our community. To inquire about volunteering for your non-profit group, please email us.

  • Financial Education

    1st United is dedicated to the financial capability of our community. For many years, we have focused on educating members, staff, students, and families about all things finance. Here are a few resources that we provide:

    MoneyWise Education

    BALANCE Financial Counseling

    Youth & School Programs

  • Charitable Giving

    We have had the privilege of donating to local non-profits. Here are examples of the programs we’ve created, and the deserving organizations that have received support.

    Alameda County Community Food Bank

    1st United, in partnership with 95.7 THE GAME, has been a proud sponsor of the Oakland A’s Homeruns for Hunger program since 2012 and the Golden State Warriors Hoops for Hunger program since 2015.

    Over the past five years, we've donated over $45,000 to the Alameda County Community Food Bank as a result of these programs. We are honored to have an opportunity to support our local teams while helping to feed Alameda County. Go A’s! Go Dubs!


    Toys for Tots

    During the holiday season, our branches become a collection center for Toys for Tots. In partnership with the Livermore Pleasanton Firefighters IAFF Local 1974, our staff, members, and community donate toys that are distributed locally.  It’s a joy to bring smiles to hundreds of children each year.


    Alternative Family Services

    For several years, 1st United has provided support for Alternative Family Services. AFS is a foster, adoptions and mental health agency that has been creating safe, permanent connections for foster children and youth in the Bay Area since 1978. Through connections at the credit union, we have provided outreach to the agency with monetary donations, backpack and school supplies, and dozens of bikes each year that are distributed at their annual holiday party. Additionally, 1st United’s own barbeque team, Bad to the Bone, provide lunch for the party.


    Fundraising for Schools

    1st United is dedicated to supporting local schools in Alameda County with our unique fundraising program. This turn-key program is available to just about any school and offers incentives for both the student and the school. For more information, visit 1stunited.org/schools.

    To inquire about fundraising for your school, please email us.


    Community Sponsorships

    There are so many non-profit organizations doing great things. As a community member, we feel an obligation to support these groups and do so through sponsorships and donations. Groups we’ve donated to include:

    • Alternative Family Services
    • Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame
    • Washington Hospital
    • Alameda Health Systems
    • Alameda County Community Food Bank
    • Oakland Public Education Foundation
    • San Leandro Education Foundation
    • Castro Valley Education Foundation
    • Chabot Elementary School
    • Pleasanton Partners in Education
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