First Financial Foundation Awards Classroom Grant to Brick Township High School

Press Release

(L to R: First Financial’s VP of Marketing and Business Development, Grant recipient Mrs. Kim Haug, and Assistant VP of Business Development).

FREEHOLD, N.J. – Brick Township High School woodshop teacher, Kim Haug, was recently surprised by members of the First Financial Foundation with a $500 Erma Dorrer classroom grant for the 2019-2020 school year.

Haug submitted a grant application to purchase a woodshop jointer for her classroom, as the high school is over 50 years old and the current machinery in the woodshop is original to when the school first opened. Some of the original machines are still working and have been repaired, however the classroom’s jointer is unfortunately beyond restoration at this point in time.

“I teach woodshop to a great group of students,” said Haug. “My students are very creative, and they design and construct great wooden projects, but with the lack of good working machines – they are limited in the quality of their finished projects. I would love to be able to use the grant money to offer my students a gift that will be used to improve the quality of their projects. A new jointer would be a worthwhile and necessary addition to our wood shop.”

Since First Financial began with a group of Asbury Park schoolteachers back in 1936, the credit union has not forgotten its educational roots. That is why its Foundation offered current Monmouth and Ocean County educators seven (7) classroom grants to use at their schools for the 2019-2020 school year.

“Education has and always will be a pivotal piece of our organization, and we’re delighted to be able to help our local educators enhance their classroom experience,” said First Financial President & CEO, Issa Stephan.

Stephan also noted that the Foundation committee had a tough job of choosing just seven winning teachers out of the numerous applications received this year. “We received double the amount of classroom grant entries this year, which included heartwarming essays and videos from educators hoping to use the grant money to implement or maintain a variety of creative programs within their schools,” said Stephan. “We wish we were able to reward each and every one of our participants, and after extremely careful consideration we selected the seven initiatives in which we felt the grant money would have the largest impact.”

Small Business Spotlight: Nino’s Coal Fired Pizza in Brick

I am pleased to present a monthly blog post which features one of our current businesses, how they got started, and how First Financial has helped them grow their business. If this inspires you to want to expand your business goals or see how First Financial can assist you further, feel free to reach out to me. Keep reading to learn more about our featured Business of the Month, Anthony Schifilliti: Owner of Nino’s Coal Fired Pizza. — Matt Brazinski, Assistant Vice President of Business Development

Anthony Schifilliti: Owner of Nino’s Coal Fired Pizza

Get your fresh pizza from Nino’s Coal Fired Pizza in Brick, NJ. Owner Anthony Shifilliti has been in the restaurant business for over 31 years, and has owned Nino’s for the last 10 years. Nino’s takes great pride in their food and customer satisfaction. During the week – Nino’s has theme nights, from 20% off your bill to children under age 10 eat for free with a regular adult entrée.

Business Owner: Anthony Schifilliti

Years in Business: 31 years

What do you love most about the business? Interactions with the customers and the satisfaction of what we create here at Nino’s.

What has your biggest challenge been in business? Not being complacent, I am always trying to improve the overall product.

What do you like most about banking with First Financial? First the one on one personal relationships, I know everyone by name and know I am not just another member. I love to recommend everyone I can to First Financial Federal Credit Union!

What is your key to success? Being excited, having passion, and truly putting the product and customer satisfaction before profit.

Visit Nino’s website for more information and to check out their delicious menu! 

Ready to grow your business? Call the Business Development Department at 732.312.1500, email business@firstffcu.com or stop by any branch location. Learn more about our Business Account products and services on our website.