1st Advantage to Fill a Truck with Food and More at Annual 1st A.I.D.E. Day

Charlotte Dean, Communication Specialist
1st Advantage Federal Credit Union
757-877-2444 ext. 3179

(YORKTOWN, Va.) – Each year, 1st Advantage Federal Credit Union employees are given the opportunity to spend Columbus Day assisting local non-profit organizations.  This annual tradition is now known as 1st A.I.D.E. Day.  In honor of 1st A.I.D.E. Day 2011, 1A is taking on its most ambitious undertaking ever by working with three deserving organizations that offer incredible support in the community: Operation Homefront Hampton Roads, Relay for Life and the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula.  Colleagues will branch off into teams and work on various projects that will help raise funds and bring awareness to these organizations.

Perhaps the biggest project that 1A is spearheading for 1st A.I.D.E. Day is its effort to help the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula. In our area, 50,000 people live at or below the poverty level.  An additional 70,000 people, including children, senior citizens and the working poor are food insecure and need assistance from the Foodbank.  1st Advantage is stepping up to help these individuals by attempting to fill an entire box truck that holds 32 barrels of food with donated non-perishable food items.  1A has also teamed up with 22 local car dealerships that will drop-off food donations they have collected.  This partnership will help to bring in more donations to feed those in need across the community.

“We appreciate 1st Advantage Federal Credit Union’s efforts to give back to our community in support of hunger relief,” said Donna Tighe, Volunteer Program and Community Events Manager of the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula.  “This food drive comes at a critical time when our shelves are at an all time low, putting a strain on our programs that help feed children, seniors, and the working poor in our community.  The Foodbank is very grateful for their generous donations.”

For 60 years, 1st Advantage has prided themselves in helping people and giving back to their local communities.  By working together and helping these organizations, 1A is truly helping our neighbors in need.  It’s who we are as a credit union and it’s part of our philosophy “Life. Shared.” 

About 1st Advantage Federal Credit Union

1st Advantage Federal Credit Union was chartered on September 1951 as Fort Eustis Federal Credit Union. The financial institution’s assets have grown from $500 kept initially in a cigar box to over $500 million as of December 31, 2009. 1A has approximately 58,000 members and operates 11 branches in Southeastern Virginia, with offices in Yorktown, Williamsburg, Newport News, Gloucester, Hampton and Richmond. It is a locally owned and operated credit union that promotes a people-helping-people philosophy of “Life. Shared.” to its members and the communities it serves. For more information about 1st Advantage and its products and services, please visit


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