Summer 2019 Newsletter

We hope you are enjoying the Summer sunshine – be sure to take a look at our Quarterly Member Newsletter to see what’s in store over the next couple months. In a continued effort to go green, we’re publishing our newsletter electronically – it can also be found on our website and social media sites. Paper copies will be available in our branches.

The Summer Newsletter features the following articles:

To view a copy of the newsletter, click here.

Wishing you a wonderful rest of your Summer!

First Financial Hosts 1st LIFE Fairs at MCVSD and Neptune High Schools

Press Release

(Pictured above: Neptune High School Business Department members along with First Financial staff and Jackson Academy of Business advisory board members work together to introduce the LIFE Fair Program to the Neptune School District).

Freehold, N.J. – On May 29th and June 5th, First Financial Federal Credit Union held two high schools’ first LIFE™ (Learning Independent Financial Education) financial reality fair events at the Monmouth County Vocational School in Freehold Borough and another at Neptune High School.

While the credit union has hosted financial reality fairs in the past, these were the first to be held at both schools. At Neptune High School, a group of financial literacy and entrepreneurship students successfully helped to facilitate the fair to the participating students from business classes. At MCVSD – career ready cosmetology, HVAC, and plumbing/pipefitting high school seniors all participated in the fair in two different sessions. Approximately 200 students between both schools shared in this hands-on version of the “game of life,” during which they were required to make several on-the-spot financial decisions.

The LIFE™ Fair consists of a full day hands-on experience where students, after identifying their career choice and starting salaries, are provided a budget sheet requiring them to live within their monthly salary while paying for basics such as housing, utilities, transportation, clothing, and food. Once the students visit all the fair booths, they balance their budget and sit down with a financial counselor to review their expenses and get a “financial reality check.” First Financial staff members work at the financial review tables with each of the participating students to provide insight into their budget and point out lifestyle choices they may need to change.

(Pictured above: Neptune High School students experiencing their first LIFE Fair).

In regard to the school’s experience with their first ever LIFE™ Fair, Tara Stephenson, Neptune School District’s Business Department Chair stated, “The Neptune Township School District was beyond fortunate to partner with First Financial Credit Union to host the LIFE Fair on June 5th at Neptune High School.  This event was an invaluable experience for our students and opened their eyes to the real financial world that awaits them after high school.  Students were provided supportive guidance and assistance on many levels from the First Financial staff.  We are thrilled to begin planning another event for the upcoming school year and to have the opportunity to work with such an amazing team from First Financial!”

Niurka Coy-Bush, MCVSD CTE-Math teacher stated, “The LIFE Fair was immensely educational and very realistic. It was a huge success! The students were completely engaged in the process as they visited the different stations. The entire simulation was very well thought out and planned, and at an appropriate level for our students.”

(Pictured above: The wheel of LIFE and a few stations at the MCVSD plumbing and pipefitting classroom).

While the LIFE™ Fair was certainly full of temptations, the students had to spend their money wisely in addition to being able to save and budget themselves for the future – while also enjoying everything life has to offer.  First Financial President and CEO, Issa Stephan, concluded, “Our mission for our LIFE™ Fair events is to help students understand the value of money and how to manage their money, so as they grow as an adult they’ll become more financially responsible. These fairs are able to show our local high school students in a hands-on way, about the financial realities of the real world. Our credit union puts a high priority on financial education, after all – that’s how First Financial began 83 years ago, with a group of schoolteachers in Asbury Park.”

Additional photos from the events can be seen on First Financial’s Facebook page. To inquire about or set-up a LIFE™ Fair for a Monmouth or Ocean County, NJ school or business – please contact First Financial’s Business Development Department at  business@firstffcu.com.

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Spring 2019 Newsletter

We hope you are enjoying the warmer weather – be sure to take a look at our Spring Quarterly Member Newsletter to see what’s in store over the next few months. In a continued effort to go green, we’re publishing our newsletter electronically – it can also be found on our website and social media sites. Paper copies will be available in our branches.

The Spring Newsletter features the following articles:

To view a copy of the newsletter, click here.

Wishing you a wonderful spring!

Winter 2019 Newsletter

We hope your 2019 is off to a great start – be sure to take a look at our Winter Quarterly Member Newsletter to see what’s in store for the new year. In a continued effort to go green, we’re publishing our newsletter electronically – it can also be found on our website and social media sites. Paper copies will be available in our branches.

The Winter Newsletter features the following articles:

To view a copy of the newsletter, click here.

Wishing you all the best in 2019!

2018 Holiday Toy and Gift Drive in All First Financial Branches

Holiday Greetings to all of our First Scoop Readers!

As we continue into the 2018 holiday season, First Financial is partnering with local non-profit organizations to help families in need within Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

Each branch will be holding a holiday toy and gift drive through December 2018:

Please click on the links above for more details. These gifts will be picked up at all First Financial locations on the dates listed above – so please be sure to return your gifts to your nearest branch before this date.

We are also collecting non-perishable food items at each branch location until December 31st.

Help brighten someone’s holiday this season and thank you for your continued support!