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First Source Kicks off the Holiday Season with The Comets

November 1, 2022

A close-up of an ice hockey puck in mid-air of a goal net with flare from the arena lights.
First Source Federal Credit Union will be spreading holiday cheer with the Utica Comets on Saturday, November 19th at the Utica Memorial Auditorium’s Adirondack Bank Center.

Puck drops at 7:00 p.m. when the Comets take on the Rochester Americans. First Source will be giving out red and green (A throwback to the Utica Devil’s original colors) neon necklaces to the first 1,200 fans through the door.

In addition, throughout the night, 10 lucky fans will win (1) $100 VISA gift card!

“The holidays can be tough to afford and every little bit helps,” said Pamela Way, First Source Community Relations Supervisor. "This is a fun way to engage the fans and also give back this holiday season.”

Way continued, “First Source also offers a low-rate holiday loan, as low as 3.99% APR. It’s a great way to be less stressed about affording the holidays. With a 12-month term it’s like a budget with small monthly payments rather than incurring credit card debt at a much higher interest rate. We hope to educate the fans as well as have some fun that night.”

We hope to see you there! To purchase Comets tickets call the box office at 315-790-9070 or get them online at


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First Source to Host Community Heroes Night at the Utica Blue Sox

June 22, 2022

First Source is proud to host a Community Heroes Night at the Utica Blue Sox on Tuesday, June 28th. All those who work professionally or as volunteers, and their families, in the areas of: fire & rescue, the armed forces, education, medical services, and law enforcement will have free admission to the game courtesy of First Source. Please bring a form of ID to show your affiliation with one of the qualifying categories. 

“First Source is proud to support our community heroes who give so much of themselves for others every day,” said Pamela Way, First Source Community Relations Supervisor. “This is a nice way for those who serve to feel recognized and enjoy a fun night out with their family.” 

As part of the festivities, the Utica Fire Department will have trucks on site for kids to meet the Firefighters and view the trucks, Senior Chief Michael J. Grogan U. S. Navy (Retired) will throw out the first pitch, and Amanda Aiello, a local RN will sing the National Anthem. You can look for fun contests/games during inning breaks. 

For questions please contact Pamela Way, First Source Community Relations Supervisor at 315-735-8571

Serving Those Who Serve Our Community

If you are in a professional or support role in the fields of Education, Law Enforcement, Healthcare, U.S. Military (active-duty or veteran), or Fire & Rescue (full-time or volunteer), and looking to purchase a home, our Community Heroes Mortgage Program could be the solution for you

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Annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale

April 25, 2022

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Celebrate Mom with Flowers!

We are excited to be back in action with our annual, in-person Mother’s Day Plant Sale. All proceeds will benefit Anita’s Steven Swan Humane Society. And this year, all donations will be matched! Flowers will once again be provided by The Flower Barn. Choose from potted plants or hanging baskets in an array of colors, types and sizes. You can also drop off needed items for the animal shelter during the sale. Please see the humane society’s wish list here:

Mother's Day Plant Sale

  • May 5th – 7th

  • During normal business hours

  • First Source New Hartford Branch

  • 4451 Commercial Drive

  • Prices are as follows:

    • Hanging Baskets - $22.00

    • 6 Packs - $3.30

    • Tomato Plants - $12.99

    • Combination Planters: Large - $32.00 or Medium - $28.00

It’s the perfect time to get beautiful flowering plants for mom, and help local animals in need.

Young Entrepreneurs Academy Investor Panel

March 14, 2022

We are proud to continue our support of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA). As an organization with our roots in education, it is important to us that we support local, young, creative minds however we can. Not only do we provide funding for the program, we have also had employees on the Investor Panel for the last 10 years, providing real world business experience and financial expertise with budding entrepreneurs.

The students in the program, who are in grades 6-12, work for several months building a business from the ground up including creating a business plan, branding their product or service, and working with professional mentors to create a full and cohesive business model. They then present to the investor panel in a Shark Tank-style event where the students can win real startup money for their business! One student is chosen to represent Utica and compete against young entrepreneurs from around the country at the National Saunders Scholars Competition for a chance to win scholarships and other prizes.

JD Arrante, Business Services Manager; and Sue Pope, New Hartford Branch Manager will be representing  First Source on the Investor Panel again this year. The students are very excited to be able to present their concepts in person. The past 2 years have been virtual. As well, this event is open to the public. If you are interested in observing this year’s presentations, the panel will be held at the thINCubator, 326 Broad St, Utica on March 30th from 5:00-7:30pm.

YEA is a program that helps local middle and high school students develop a business and become entrepreneurs. Not only does YEA give students the tools to start a successful business, it also fosters confidence and creativity, among other useful real world problem solving skills. To learn more about the YEA program, visit their page on the MVCC website here. Applications for the 2022/2023 cohort will be available this summer.

Become a Young Scholars Mentor

January 21, 2021

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Mentors Needed Now More Than Ever!

Are you looking for constructive ways to spend your spare time? Would you like to make a positive impact on a local student’s life? The Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program (YSLPP) would like to invite anyone interested in providing academic, social, and cultural enrichment to our young program participants to consider becoming a mentor. The application process is simple:

  1. Fill out the enrollment application form

  2. Complete an authorization background check

  3. Pass a Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) check

  4. All applicants must be at least 21 years old and have a valid NYS driver license

Serving as mentors to the amazing young people in the Young Scholars program is among the most rewarding experiences we participate in. For more information, contact Linda Stewart at 315-792-3237 or

The Young Scholars Program

The Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program is a multi-year collaborative project between Utica College and the Utica City School District (UCSD) to motivate diverse and talented students to stay in school, earn a New York State Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation, and pursue post-secondary education.

Each year, Young Scholars serves approximately 350 students from grades 7 through 12. UCSD teachers nominate students in sixth grade who show promise, but who may not achieve their full potential due to social and/or economic factors. The finalists are selected by a volunteer panel of professionals from the area.

Chosen students receive year-round academic support including a summer program prepping them for the following school year, college and career exploration, social and emotional support provided by counselors and staff, community service, and enrichment activities. If the student is fortunate enough, they are also paired with a mentor.

The program has been quite successful, as the impressive results show in the YSLPP brochure. More than one hundred YSLPP students have served as summer interns in the local community, and the program’s partnership with Workforce Development has provided hundreds of its students with summer jobs.


An important part of the Young Scholars program is pairing adult mentors with program participants. Mentors are volunteers who serve as positive role models, give students guidance and advice, and provide fun social and cultural enrichment experiences. Many activities are free, so it doesn’t cost a lot, in money or time. In fact, the minimum commitment is only 2-4 hours a month. Some mentors have one student they provide support to, and many mentor multiple students, often participating in activities with several students together. Many mentors have kids of their own, and bring their mentees along during family events.

While mentoring means a very modest commitment of time, mentors can make a tremendous impact on the lives of these promising young people. Mentors say they get more from the experience than the students do, and often form lasting friendships with their mentees. With a small investment in time, mentors make a big difference in the community.

Becoming a Mentor

Although a number of First Source staff and Members have joined with other community members to serve as mentors, the program can use more. The commitment is just one year, though most stay for more. Once you are qualified, the program provides an orientation, and ongoing support to help you get started and continue to provide fulfilling experiences for your mentee.

Why First Source is Invested in the Program

We are very excited to continue to partner with this tremendous program to help fulfill the dreams of our youth here in the Mohawk Valley, as their goals align with our community mission. We provide financial support, fill leadership roles, offer job shadowing and internships to Young Scholars interested in banking and/or financing, donate tools to teach financial literacy in their summer program, team up with Young Scholars for community service, and encourage our staff and Members to volunteer as mentors. 

How Can Your Place of Work Get Involved?

To teach community members more about the program, Young Scholars offers 30-minute “Lunch & Learn” presentations and workshops for any sized group, organization, or business. Simply contact them to schedule a presentation for your workplace or organization. 

Individuals can learn more by contacting Linda Stewart, Mentor Coordinator, by email at, or phone at 315-792-3237. Join us in becoming a mentor, and help our students Grow Big Dreams. 

“The positive and empowering effects of being a mentor are immeasurable and I am both thrilled and proud to be part of the YSLPP mentoring experience.” 
- Kim Van Duren, Mentor

“Mentoring is something that has changed my life in the most positive way. I always find that mentoring has truly made me have a more profound understanding of today’s youth. I feel that no matter what, both of my mentees know that they have someone with whom to share a laugh or an important conversation. Mentoring is a never-ending gift, a mentoring situation that after graduation will hopefully turn into a lifelong friendship." 
- Dennis Hahn, Mentor

“We text frequently and do as many fun activities as we can together. She attends family functions with me because she truly is my second daughter. Watching her grow is incredible and I know there's much more that Young Scholars is going to see from Areiana in the future.” 
- Alicia Adamczyk, Mentor 






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