America First Credit Union is celebrating the opening of its newest Utah branch located in Spanish Fork at 1353 N Canyon Creek Pkwy. The branch opening marks the credit union’s 119th branch across Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho and New Mexico and will replace two former AFCU branch locations in Spanish Fork – both of which closed earlier this month. The new branch will service more than 10,000 assigned members and will continue to be an important branch for Utah County.
In honor of the branch opening and its dedication to the Spanish Fork community, the credit union donated $5,000 from the America First Charitable Foundation to Tabitha’s Way and Nebo School District Foundation, which are two local nonprofits. America First has been a long-standing community partner and strong supporter of many Spanish Fork-area causes, including United Way of Utah County’s Days of Caring, Spanish Fork City’s Fiesta Days, school shoe donation programs and other initiatives.
Spanish Fork Market Branch Manager, Brad Laing spoke at the ribbon cutting event that was held on February 17, and said how excited he was to be able to make these donations.
“Thank you for attending the ribbon cutting and sharing in our excitement of America First Credit Union investment in our community,” Laing said. “As a longtime resident and spouse of a former Nebo School district teacher, I’ve enjoyed being involved in the schools reading with kids, sponsoring third-grade dictionaries with Spanish Fork Rotary Club, and presenting in the classroom as a community helper. I am grateful to the Nebo Foundation and know the donation by America First Credit Union will benefit our schools and provide classroom resources to teachers who have such a positive impact on our kids.”
Stacy Nance, past president of the Nebo Education Foundation expressed her gratitude for the donation.
“Thank You, America First Credit Union for your generous donation to the Nebo Education Foundation,” Nance said. “What a wonderful Surprise! We appreciate your donation to the foundation. With this money we will be able to help teachers with their needs, by giving them money through grants to improve their classrooms and help improve student learning. We are thankful to you and all you do for our community. We couldn’t be successful without people and partners like you.”
Vice President of Southern Division Branches, Sierra Sorensen added how much the credit union valued the local community.
“At America First, we love the communities in which we serve, and we are dedicated to finding ways to strengthen and support them,” Sorensen said. “We are grateful for community partners like Nebo Education Foundation who help the children in our communities to succeed. America First believes in the value of education and we love helping our schools! We have enjoyed being involved with different activities and programs throughout Nebo School District over the years and we have seen the great things that Nebo Education Foundation does for teachers and students. We were thrilled to celebrate our new Spanish Fork location by making this donation so that together we can help the children in our communities to succeed.”
Executive Director Lana Hiskey said that the donations will have a positive impact on the schools.
“The Nebo Education Foundation couldn’t do anything without the tremendous support we receive from our business partners and individual donors,” Hiskey said. “Thank you for the generosity of America First Credit Union. The students and teachers in Nebo School District will have a more enhanced education than they would otherwise receive. We are grateful for all the good we see happening as a result of all those who support the Nebo Education Foundation.”
America First’s new Spanish Fork location opens under the leadership of Laing as branch manager and staff with a combined 130 years of experience. To best serve members in the Spanish Fork community, the branch features enhanced technology for efficient transactions and a full complement of services. Spanish Fork branch hours will be Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.