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Change of Hours

Effective October 1, 2016 First Choice America Announces New Hours

Main Office
Mon. – Fri.  8:30am – 5:00pm

Chester Office
Mon. – Fri.   8:30am – 5:00pm
Drive Thru:
Mon. – Fri.  9:00am – 5:00pm
Sat.  9:00am – 12:00pm


Steubenville  Office
Mon. – Fri. 8:30am – 5:00pm
Drive Thru:
Mon. – Fri. 8:30am – 6:00pm
Sat. 9:00am – 1:00pm

Wintersville Office
Mon. – Fri.  8:30am – 6:00pm
Sat.  8:30am – 12:30pm


Three Springs Office
Mon. – Fri. 8:30am – 5:00pm
Sat.  8:30am – 1:00pm
Drive Thru:
Mon. – Thur. 8:00am – 6:00pm
Fri. 8:00am – 7:00pm
Sat. 8:30am – 1:00pm

Wheeling Office
Mon. – Fri. 8:30am – 5:00pm
Drive Thru:
Mon. – Thur. 8:30am – 5:00pm
Fri. 8:30am – 5:30pm
Sat. 9:00am – 12:30pm

Elm Grove Office
Lobby & Drive Thru:
Mon. – Thur. 8:30am – 5:00pm
Fri. 8:30am – 5:30pm
Sat. 9:00am – 12:00pm



Medical Park Office
Mon. – Fri.  8:00am – 4:00pm
Wed.  7:00am – 4:00pm
(Hospital Payday Only)



Your Credit Union has joined the MoneyPass Network so that our members will have access to over 25,000 ATMs in 50 states surcharge-free. To locate an ATM in the MoneyPass Network, click on the following link: www.moneypass.com or look for the MoneyPass logo on the machine.



WSX 25-Year Club Picnic

WSX 25-YEAR CLUB PICNIC SET—Supported by a generous contribution from First Choice America Credit Union, the Weirton Steel 25-Year Club will stage its 70th ladies and men’s annual summer picnic on Saturday, July 16th at 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Serbian Picnic Grounds in Weirton.  Pictured are (front row, l-r) John R. Thayer, Board Member at First Choice America; Markos Apesos, Club Past President; Ernie Nicholas, Club Past President; Ron Baker, Club President; and Brenda Ice, Vice President;  (2nd row, l-r) First Choice America’s Board Members Kenneth W. Truax, Chairman; Robert G. Mrvos, Edward L. Kennedy, and Scott E. Winwood, President and CEO. 


Cool Kids Blast Off to Fun

“First Choice America’s Cool Kids are Out of this World” was the theme of this year’s Cool Kids Fun week.    The week started at Chester City Park on June 21st then traveled to Steubenville’s Jim Wood Park on the 22nd  of June, then headed south to Sonneborn Shelter at Wheeling Park on June 23rd , and finished off the week on June 24th at First Choice America’s Three Springs Office in Weirton. Approximately 1,000 children enjoyed the festivities during the 4 day period.   All of the children in attendance received goodie bags with outer space treats inside. They also had a chance to win a variety of prizes, from baskets filled with outer space toys to Kennywood and Zoo tickets too. A variety of inflatable amusements added excitement to the event, along with broadcasts from FROGGY Radio stations.  WTOV9’s Snowbird, Kennywood’s Kenny the Kangaroo, and FROGGY Radio’s Mr. Froggy were all on hand to welcome the children to this free event.  Once again, the Cool Kids Fun Days were a huge success!


Hidden Treasures Youth Flea Market Sponsor

First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union has pledged to be a sponsor for the first annual Hidden Treasures Youth Flea Market.  This is an event for youth under the age of 16 to be a vendor by setting up a table to sell their treasures to earn some summer cash.  The event will be at the Millsop Community Center in the parking lot on Saturday, July 16th from 11am to 2pm.  There will also be food, games, Weirton PD Bicycle Cops, K-9 Unit and fingerprinting for kids, plus more. Pictured to the left are: Fred Marsh, Hidden Treasures Event Coordinator; Dawn Swiger, Three Springs Office Manager of First Choice America; Deb Witkowski, Weirton Parks & Recreation Board Member; Nancy Buchanan, Main Office Manager of First Choice America; Scott Winwood, President & CEO of First Choice America; and Amber Nest, Weirton Chamber of Commerce.



Boost for United Way

First Choice America Credit Union continued its strong support for the Weirton United Way with a generous donation to the charity’s 35th Annual Golf Classic scheduled for Monday, June 13th at Williams Golf and Country Club.  At the check presentation, in the front row, are (l-r) Kenneth W. Truax, Credit Union Chairman; John Kirlangitis, Tournament Director; Tom McDonald, 2016 United Way Campaign Chair; and Linda Stear, United Way Executive Director.  In the second row (l-r) are Edward L. Kennedy, Credit Union First Vice Chairman; Robert G. Mrvos, Credit Union Treasurer; and John R. Thayer, Credit Union Director.  Standing in the back is Scott E. Winwood, Credit Union President/CEO and Director. The golf tournament is one of the premier events on the United Way fundraising schedule for the year.





Helping to Save Lives

Helping to fight the battle against cancer, First Choice America Credit Union renewed its Bronze Sponsorship of $500 for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.  The 2016 Relay for Life of Brooke/Hancock Counties is scheduled for Saturday, June 4-5 from 6pm to 12am at Follansbee Middle School.  Last year, more than $81,000 was raised in Brooke/Hancock Counties to aid in the fight against cancer.

Pictured are (l-r) Scott E. Winwood, President & CEO of First Choice America Credit Union and Tammy Hornick, Co-Chair of the Relay for Life of Brooke/Hancock Counties.    Tammy has been Co-Chair of the event for 12 years and thanked First Choice America for their continued support and generosity over the years.                                           



First Choice America Honors Employees

Pictured are the recipients of awards for service, seated from left to right are: Lynn A. Stake, Jeanine M. Keenan, Sandra Kinsel, Nancy Buchanan, and Tammy Fuoco.  Standing from left to right are: Carol Rodriguez, Paula Spataro, Sheldon McElfresh, Richard Bryan, and Karen Monigold. 

WEIRTON—“As Chairman of the Board, I wish to thank and congratulate each employee of First Choice America for your dedication, your pride, your team spirit and your commitment to excellence,” said Kenneth W. Truax at First Choice America Credit Union’s Annual Employee Appreciation event on Friday night, May 6th. Honored with service awards were 14 employees at a banquet held at the Williams Golf and Country Club in Weirton.
Truax noted, “Despite sluggish economic conditions and a continued low interest rate environment, First Choice America had another successful year.”  He noted that the business set all-time highs in several key financial categories – total assets of $425 million; deposits $364 million, and investments $277 million.
Additionally, First Choice America received another “Superior” rating from an official industry rating group for safety and soundness.  And once again, for the seventh consecutive year, the Credit Union received a flawless audit from our independent auditors, which is the eighth time the company has accomplished this distinction in the last nine years and is unparalleled in our Credit Union’s long history.  Both achievements demonstrate our unwavering commitment to excellence.
He added, “All of these things—accomplished in a weak economy—can only be attributed to the dedication, hard work, and pride of First Choice America’s skilled team of employees.  Clearly our employee group is exceptional, and on behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank and congratulate each of you for your excellent work”.  “Your collective skills, knowledge, and strong commitment make First Choice America the success it is today, and positions us for an even greater future.”
Also, First Choice America recently received the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award from the West Virginia Credit Union League in recognition of the Credit Union’s continued strong community support of those in need.  This represents the 13th consecutive year that First Choice America has received this distinguished honor.
Scott E. Winwood, President and CEO, and J. C. Peterman, Chief Financial Officer, presented the appreciation awards to the following employees for their service:
             45 years—Sondra K. Ronshausen
             35 years – V. Nancy Buchanan
             30 years – Richard D. Bryan
             25 years—Dawn M. Swiger
             20 years—Teresa M. Lewis
             15 years—Darlene Ellis, Tammy L. Fuoco, Karen D. Monigold, Paula Spataro, and Lynn A. Stake
             10 Years—Sheldon R. McElfresh
               5 Years—Jeanine M. Keenan, Sandra Kinsel, and Carol Rodriguez


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First Choice America's eight locations.

*There is a $2.00 fee for VISA Gift Cards.




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