Since our establishment in 1969, Family First has been committed to supporting and giving back to the Rochester community. See what we’ve been up to recently!
2022 Scholarship Winners
Family First is proud to present the 2022 winners of our 15th Annual Len Szumiloski Scholarship!
East Rochester High School
Brighton High School
Webster Schroeder High School
2nd Annual Super Bowl Can & Bottle Drive
Fundraiser for United Way's Backpack Program
During the months of September and October, Family First held a food and bottle drive within it’s five branches to help provide support to the United Way’s Backpack Program.
This program supplies weekend meals to students within multiple school districts in Genesee County. In addition to the food donations, Family First also raised money to supplement the purchasing of program food supplies.
Pictured is Family First Mortgage originator Lisa Gautieri, with United Way’s Senior Resource Development Manager Tammy Hathaway at the Arc’s Headquarters in Batavia, presenting the donations to the team that packs and administers the program to the participating schools in Genesee County.
For the full story, click here!
EASE Elite Sponsorship
Family First recently sponsored the EASE Elite boys basketball team at the AAU World Championships – East Coast Division III Championships in Hampton, Virginia. These young men practiced hard all season to make it here and we are proud to support them on their journey!
With our sponsorship, the team was able to purchase new jerseys for the tournament. Keep up the great work!
About EASE Elite
Encouraging Athletes to Strive for Excellence (EASE) is a youth sports program designed to provide kids an opportunity to achieve excellence through practice and training. Players participate in college exposure tournaments, NCAA certified events, as well as showcase tournaments throughout the US from March – July. The coaches are committed to providing a environment that encourages teamwork, progressive learning, and sportsmanship to develop our youth on and off the court.
Click here to learn more about the EASE program.
RH Kicking Hunger 5K
On Saturday, June 5th, our team set out for the Henrietta Recreation Center bright and early to participate in the RH Kicking Hunger 5K.
This race is designed to bring awareness to the hunger issue that affects our community, while simultaneously promoting healthy lifestyles and family activities. Proceeds from this event support various efforts in the Henrietta community, including:
- RHCSD Backpack Program
- RHCSD Kicking Hunger Summer Food Program
- Local community food and student-centered programs
- & More!
Funds from the 2020 race are currently being used to fund the establishment and future maintenance of the Kicking Hunger Food Pantry in the Good Shepherd Building (East Henrietta Road).
To learn more about this event , visit the RH Kicking Hunger 5K website here.
Look for our team again at next years race on June 4th, 2022!
The United Way's Day of Caring
On May 12th, our team drove out to Heritage Christian Services’ Shoecraft location to assist with their spring garden cleanup. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect, and our team made quick work of trimming, weeding, and re-mulching their gardens.
We’ve spent the United Way’s Day of Caring at this same location in years past, but unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to cancel our 2020 trip. Considering their garden hadn’t been tended to in almost two years, it looked great!
This outing was the first in over a year since the start of the pandemic that allowed our team to get together in person, and being able to give back to our community at the same time made it that much more meaningful.
To learn more about Heritage Christian Services and all of the wonderful things they do in our community, click here!
2021 Scholarship Winners
Family First is proud to present the 2021 winners of our 14th Annual Len Szumiloski Scholarship!
Our Lady of Mercy
Irondequoit High School
Congratulations to our 2021 recipients! We wish you the best of luck on your future endeavors!
Super Bowl Can & Bottle Drive
On February 13th, the Saturday after the Super Bowl, community members dropped off their cans and bottles at our Penfield Branch, where they were collected before being transported to a local redemption center. Family First employees also raised funds internally with a sports themed dress-down day. In total, we raised over $2,168.74 – Way to go team!
Click here to learn more about the Daniel E. Richardson Memorial Fund!