First Financial Foundation Receives 2013 Social Responsibility Award for Classroom Grants

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Pictured above from First Financial Federal Credit Union’s Foundation Committee – L to R: Megan Shull (Business Development Officer), Issa Stephan (President/CEO), Greg Michlig (NJ Credit Union League President/CEO), Jessica Revoir (Marketing Manager), Helga Britton (VP of Human Resources), Angel Capalbo (Quality Assurance Specialist), and Graham Stevens (Dealer Relationship Director).

The First Financial Federal Credit Union Foundation was selected by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) through the New Jersey Credit Union League’s 2013 award program (NJCUL) as the recipient of the 2013 Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Awareness Award.

The credit union’s Foundation was awarded for its classroom grants for local educators. In the fall of 2012, the First Financial Foundation asked Monmouth and Ocean County educators to apply for the classroom grants to use at their schools. The First Financial Foundation awarded four (4) $500 classroom grants during the 2012-2013 school year. These grants were implemented to help the children of the credit union’s surrounding communities. With several school budget cuts in the area, many school districts could not afford the additional tools that were needed to help aid in their students’ success, and that is where the First Financial Foundation felt they needed to provide assistance.

Since First Financial began with a group of Asbury Park schoolteachers back in 1936, the credit union has not forgotten its educational roots. “Education remains a guiding principal for our organization, and we were delighted to help our local educators enhance their classroom experience,” noted First Financial President & CEO, Issa Stephan.

The annual NJCUL award competition is separated in two different categories, state league awards and national CUNA awards.  The Dora Maxwell Award is a CUNA award, and is judged by CUNA and is based on credit unions and their philosophy of “people helping people.”

To learn more about the First Financial Foundation’s classroom grants and see the four recipients, visit First Financial’s blog at Http:// .


About the First Financial Foundation:

Since 1994, First Financial has supported the Monmouth & Ocean communities with the Erma Dorrer Scholarship Program. Today, that program has been extended into the First Financial Foundation to assist charitable organizations of the Monmouth & Ocean County Communities.  The First Financial Federal Credit Union Foundation is a non-profit working to support a variety of community programs and organizations throughout Monmouth and Ocean Counties.  We direct 100% of your contributions to programs because all administrative expenses are paid for by First Financial Federal Credit Union.  To learn more, visit .

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