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Freedom First is guided daily by our mission statement: Helping Our Members Prosper – Helping Our Communities Thrive. As your local credit union, we demonstrate our commitment to supporting our local communities by investing in programs that improve the quality of lives throughout the Roanoke and New River valleys.
Just as you choose to bank local with Freedom First, consider shopping locally as it also benefits your local community.
Shopping locally benefits your community.
When you shop locally, the money you spend stays in the community. What you might not consider is that those dollars get spent by the business owners as well, and they’re also likely to spend their money locally. Of course, that money doesn’t just go to shopkeepers and restaurant owners. The local government takes out its share in local taxes, and local taxes go to schools, first responders, and other services.
Shopping locally is better for the environment.
Many local businesses sell locally made goods, substantially reducing fuel to transport and deliver products.
Shopping locally is the best way to find hidden gems.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of finding something your friends have never seen before. Whether it’s jewelry from a local metalsmith, a purse from a local boutique, or pottery from a local artisan, local shops have the best potential for one-of-a-kind, where-did-you-get-that, I-love-it-so much uniqueness out of any shopping you can do.