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Volunteering at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
Recently, several FCB employees and directors volunteered at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, helping to sort, inspect and package donated food items from stores and local food drives for community members in need. It was a great opportunity to directly impact those in need in our community and was a lot of fun, too!
FCB Scholarships for Students in the Alhambra Unified School District
First Choice Bank was proud to partner for the third year in a row with the Alhambra Unified School District to provide scholarships to graduating high school students that are economically disadvantaged and demonstrated academic excellence. This year, four outstanding students received a total of $4,000 in scholarship funds. FCB is thrilled to have a hand in helping these students thrive in their education.
FCB Exit Portfolio Interviews with Local Middle School Students
First Choice Bank continued its five-year partnership with Stacey Middle School and began a new partnership with Johnson Middle School by participating in both schools’ Eighth Grade Exit Portfolio Interviews in 2019. The exit interview process is a great way for the students to assess their academic growth while providing good preparation for real-world job interviews. We are grateful to have been able to share our knowledge with these students and to have been a part of these students’ educational experience.
FCB Scholarships for Local Student Volunteers
In 2019, First Choice Bank provided scholarships totaling $4,500 to eight students from low-income families in the greater Los Angeles area. These students spent several weekends volunteering with Milal Mission, a nonprofit organization in Santa Fe Springs dedicated to serving individuals with mental and/or physical disabilities and their families. We are so proud of the selfless efforts of these student volunteers and are pleased to help each of them further their education.
FCB's partnership with Junior Achievement
As part of its ongoing partnership with Junior Achievement (JA), First Choice Bank employees volunteered to help Lemon Crest Elementary students at JA BizTown in San Diego. The event, which allowed 5th grade students to visit a simulated town to operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks and vote for mayor, was a real-world introduction for the kids to discover the connection between spending and having money in a bank. It was exciting to see the students take charge of their own financial literacy!
FCB's partnership with the ABC Educational Foundation
First Choice Bank was recently recognized for its contributions to the ABC Education Foundation (ABCEF). The organization provides financial support for the schools within the ABC Unified School District in order to maintain consistently high quality educational opportunities. As part of its ongoing partnership with ABCEF, the Bank donated funds which were used to help support 23 programs at 15 schools during the 2018-2019 school year. We are pleased to be part of making a positive difference in the lives of so many children.
Blind Children’s Learning Center
The mission of the Blind Children’s Learning Center (BCLC) is to prepare children with visual impairments for a life of independence through early intervention, education, and family support. First Choice Bank is proud of its long-term relationship with BCLC to help fulfill that mission. Our employees have assisted in creating financial literacy tools which are used in the students’ curriculum, as well as sponsored and participated in the organization’s Annual Destination Independence 5K Walks. We are grateful for the opportunity to help make a positive difference in the lives of these children.