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Board of Director & Annual Meeting

March 12, 2018

All members are invited to the Freedom First annual meeting on Thursday, May 10, 2018 beginning at 6:30 pm at the Salem Civic Center to welcome our Board of Directors.

Remain Vigilant Against Tax Fraud

January 29, 2018

Tax season is prime time for criminals to steal personal data, and Freedom First is reminding members on how to recognize the signs of tax-related identity theft.

Freedom First Announces 2017 Grant Recipients

November 22, 2017

Freedom First Credit Union is proud to announce the award of $25,000 in community grants to seven local nonprofits in the Roanoke and New River valleys, and Botetourt, Franklin, and Craig Counties.

Information about the Equifax Breach

September 11, 2017

Equifax data has been breached and it could potentially affect 143 million U.S. customers. The hackers had access to Equifax data from May 2017 until July 2017, which included Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers and credit card numbers, among other data.

Freedom First Announces 2017 Board of Directors Election Results

May 12, 2017

Freedom First recently held their annual membership meeting and announced the newly elected members of the board of directors. Filling the three open positions of the nine-member volunteer board are two first-time directors, Michelle Dykstra and Ron Williams, and one re-elected incumbent, Dan Merenda.

Freedom First Recognizes Ira Hartman

May 11, 2017

For his 45+ years of commitment and service as a volunteer. Ira has served on the Credit Union’s Credit Committee, Education Committee and, since 1985, the Supervisory Committee.

Freedom First Recognizes Frank Turk

May 11, 2017

We are delighted to honor your 48+years of service to the credit union movement which began with your service to the City of Salem Employees Federal Credit Union as Chairman of the Supervisory Committee from 1969 to 1977 and Chairman/President from 1978 and continued through to the merger with Freedom First Credit Union in 2004.

Now Accepting Applications for 2017 Scholarships

February 9, 2017

Every year, Freedom First awards nearly $10,000 in academic scholarships to exceptional students in the Roanoke and New River Valleys. Botetourt, Craig & Franklin County residents are also eligible. We are currently accepting applications through April 7, 2017

Freedom First Sponsors Grocery Dash

December 15, 2016

The biggest sports competition to hit southwest Virginia happened at the Bonsack Kroger on Wednesday when WSLS 10’s Dawn Jefferies & Jeff Haniewich and Freedom First's Dave Prosser went up against Daytime Blue Ridge’s Natalie Faunce and Brittany Flowers in a grocery cart challenge to help feed more than a half dozen families for the holidays.

Scott Leffel Joins Freedom First Business Banking

October 20, 2016

Freedom First is proud to announce that Scott Leffel has been hired as Market Executive. Scott brings more than 13 years of banking experience to this new role where he will be focused on continued growth of the Business Banking division as well as enhancing market awareness of Freedom First throughout the local business community.

Freedom First Winner of Two Awards from Virginia Credit Union League - 2016

September 13, 2016

Freedom First has received two first place awards in the annual state-level Desjardins and Louise Herring awards sponsored by the Virginia Credit Union League (VACUL). This is the third consecutive year that Freedom First received the Desjardins Award from VACUL, and the second time in three years it took the top honors for the Louise Herring Award.

Adam Johnston Joins Freedom First Mortgage Team

August 11, 2016

Freedom First is proud to announce Adam Johnston has joined the Freedom First Mortgage Team as a Mortgage Loan Originator. Johnston has over 18 years of experience in the financial services industry; 16 of those in the mortgage field. His experience includes mortgage origination, sales and operations management, as well as compliance management.

Susan Larkin Joins Freedom First as VP of Community Banking

August 10, 2016

Freedom First is proud to announce the hiring of Susan Larkin as Vice President of Community Banking. She brings over 20 years of experience in banking, with a particular focus of working with non-profit organizations. Through outreach and business development efforts, Larkin will be connecting non-profits, churches, businesses, and philanthropic individuals to Freedom First’s programs that improve the quality of life of individuals and local communities.

Freedom First Announces 2016 Board of Directors Election Results

August 2, 2016

Freedom First recently held their annual membership meeting and announced the newly elected members of the board of directors. Filling the three open positions of the nine-member volunteer board are first-time director, Melinda Payne, and two re-elected incumbents, Wayne Strickland and Tim Sutphin.

Member Alert - Online Banking No Longer Accessible with IE7 or IE8

June 27, 2016

Beginning July 11, 2016, Freedom First Online Banking will no longer be accessible on computers using Internet Explorer 8 or Internet Explorer 7 browser. To gain access, users must upgrade their browsers to to the current version of Internet Explorer, or use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari.

Freedom First on Team Selected for Invest Health Initiative

May 17, 2016

The City of Roanoke has been selected to take part in the new Invest Health initiative aimed at transforming how leaders from mid-size American cities work together to help low-income communities thrive. Roanoke’s team comprises representatives from Roanoke College, the City of Roanoke, Freedom First Credit Union, United Way of Roanoke Valley, and Local Environmental Agriculture Project (LEAP).

Branch Hours Changing

December 14, 2015

Beginning January 4, we will be changing our branch hours. You can reference the chart below to see if your local branch hours have changed.

Freedom First Wealth Management June Dates Released

June 9, 2015

To be more convenient to our members, the Wealth Management team visits the local branches for people to meet face-to-face with them. Steve and his team are available to meet with individuals and business owners to offer ideas about Investing, Insurance, Retirement Planning, Estate Planning, Company Benefits/Retirement Plans, College Savings, Business Succession and more.


March 31, 2015

Consumers are targeted via email in this phishing scam impersonating the national credit union regulator.

2015 Holiday Schedule

January 2, 2015

Freedom First observes the same holiday schedule as the Federal Reserve Board.


December 31, 2014

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November 18, 2014

Freedom First's newest branch opened November 3 at 4203 Electric Road in Roanoke. The location, at the intersection with Ogden Road just across from Panera, is the Credit Union's 11th branch and the 5th location in Roanoke.