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  • Member Highlight: American First Credit Union

    For more than 65 years, American First Credit Union has remained focused on the financial well-being of our members and our community, offering competitive products and personal service. With a vision to be our members’ most essential 

    financial resource, we are relentless in our efforts to deliver a world of 

    access, convenience, and exceptional service.


    To make banking with us even easier, we relocated our flagship branch to the corner of Harbor Blvd. and Imperial Hwy. Our new branch features a modern floor plan, updated technology, and the same smiling faces to serve you. Look for the large American First Credit Union sign out front, and pop in next time you are in the Fullerton area.


    The Credit Union Difference

    Did you know your credit union can make banking better and give you more for 

    your money? Because our members are shareholders, the profits we make are reinvested in you for better rates, better service, and a quicker way to achieve your financial dreams. If you live, work, worship or go to school in 

    our community, you are eligible to become a member with us.


    When you choose American First Credit Union, you benefit from low-interest loans for vehicles, homes, credit cards, and personal loans for whatever else you may need. And you can receive higher rates on savings accounts and share certificates, enjoy Totally Free Checking for you or your business, earn chances to win up to $50,000 with Big Prize Savings, and more.


    Big Prize Savings

    Research states that 40% of adults are unable to cover a $400 emergency expense. Because of this, American First is an advocate for financial independence, designing the Big Prize Savings Account to promote financial stability and better savings.

    “The driving force behind Big Prize Savings is to help members save in a fun and rewarding way, and to help develop a good financial habit of saving money,” said Jon Shigematsu, President and CEO of American First Credit Union.


    Big Prize Savings launched in early 2019 and allows members to earn chances to win up to $50,000 just by saving their money. Members who participate in the program have the opportunity to win $1,000 every month, $10,000 every quarter and $50,000 every year. 


    Our $10,000 winner, Natalie, remarked, “Big Prize Savings is a big motivator to keep saving, and with this money I actually want to keep saving! This credit union is so different from any other bank. Literally everyone treats you like family!” Our $50,000 winner, Nick, responded, “I’m still dreaming. I haven’t woken up from my dream.” We were so impressed by our members’ smart savings habits that we decided to continue the excitement through 2020.


    An Employee Benefit That Won’t Cost You a Dime

    Did you know 54% of employees are stressed about their finances and 50% of employees are distracted at work? American First Credit Union partners with local employers to offer a complimentary Financial Wellness program to reduce financial stress and increase productivity in the workplace. 


    With us, employees will also enjoy a variety of Savings and Loan products, with more perks and competitive interest rates than regular banks can offer. With your employees’ financial wellness as our top priority, we offer confidential financial counseling, on-site or virtual workshops on a variety of topics, and a dedicated Business Development Account Executive to address your employees’ unique, financial needs. 


    We are proud to serve the employees of many companies in our neighborhoods and across the nation. Our history began as a credit union founded to help improve the lives of employees at local grocery stores, and as we continue to grow, we carry those same values in the partnership we form with local companies and organizations.


    Caring First – We Love Our Community

    But we’re not just about banking! In addition to extraordinary service, we give back to our neighborhoods through our ‘Caring First’ initiative by getting involved in causes that make our communities better.


    American First Credit Union is founded on the credit union legacy of “people helping people.” In that spirit, we serve our local communities in a variety of ways. This includes sponsorships of youth programs such as CHOC, health-related fundraisers such as American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, financial wellness workshops and teen budgeting events, and many other opportunities to help make our neighboring cities a better place.


    Every year, American First Credit Union closes its doors midday to partner with a local organization. Last year, the Credit Union helped beautify and restore Boys & Girls Clubs across the City of Fullerton as part of its community service day. With a group of 100 volunteers working together for one cause, Credit Union associates fanned out across four sites to paint walls, window trims and doors; rake leaves and plant succulents; scrub dirty rails, walls and furniture; build and organize cabinets, shelves and desks; and so much more.


    “Perhaps the greatest thing about American First is the heart our associates have for people,” said Jon Shigematsu, President/CEO of American First Credit Union. Our community service efforts are our company’s promise to stay grounded and connected to serve people around us – that’s what 

    ‘Caring First’ is all about!


    For more information on American First Credit Union benefits, visit amerfirst.org.

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