February 1, 2021 (Kansas City, Mo) - We have some exciting news to share! First Federal Bank of Kansas City is pleased to announce Sandra Olivas as their new Community Development Officer. Sandra will be the internal and external champion of the bank’s mission of helping the people and communities we serve build a better financial future. She will be the primary point of contact for community groups, support the bank’s Community Reinvestment Act Plan, and strengthen our partnerships with organizations who are instrumental in advancing the power of homeownership across the Kansas City Metro.
“I was excited for Sandra to join our team, because from the first time I met her I could see she had a strong desire to serve others,” said JR Buckner, First Federal Bank of Kansas City President/CEO. “Sandra has a natural ability to connect with people and show them she cares. In her role, she will be able to connect with and bring financial education and resources to those in our community who need it the most by partnering with community organizations that share our values and mission.”
“I’m excited to grow in my new role and to continue to serve the KC community,” said Sandra Olivas, Community Development Officer. “I am passionate about helping families achieve their dream of homeownership. I remember how hard my parents worked to buy our childhood home in Kansas City, Kansas. So, First Federal Bank’s Vision of prosperity and a home for all aligns perfectly with my core values. I am thrilled to work with local groups on educating and empowering people in the areas of long-term financial planning, budgeting & savings, and the right steps toward homeownership.”
Sandra has 6 years’ experience in the Banking industry after leaving her television news position with KCTV-5 in 2014. She has served as a Board Member of Community Housing of Wyandotte County, The Bethel Neighborhood Center, Jr League of Wyandotte & Johnson Counties & The Family Conservancy. Sandra has enjoyed helping with the fundraising efforts of the non-profits she supports, volunteering on projects, and emceeing their important community events.
Sandra continued, “I think it is important for each of us to give back to others. My favorite quote is helping one person may not change the world, but it can change the whole world for one person. I have been so impressed with the success of the bank’s Employee led community volunteer projects. I am grateful to join this amazing team and I want to thank JR & First Federal for placing their trust in me.”
First Federal Bank of Kansas City has become one of the largest mutually owned banks in the Midwest, with more than $800 million in assets and more than 25,000 customers across Kansas City. In 2020, the bank originated a record $900 million during the year, serving 3,000 customers. Since 1934, as a Mutual, First Federal Bank has shared its success within its local communities by giving back to non-profit organizations and educational institutions that address vital community needs, such as education, human services, arts and culture, and youth activities. Over the last five years the bank has been able to contribute more $650,000 to local organizations. First Federal Bank is one of the rare financial institutions that truly puts the well-being of its customers, employees and community first.