Members 1st Credit Union — the first credit union established in Redding — has reached $200 million in assets. The credit union’s asset size grew over $10 million during the month of August 2018 to $208,549,907. The achievement reflects the continued strength and growth of the credit union, which has more than 20,000 members throughout the North State.
“This is an important milestone, as it represents the tens of thousands of members who choose us for their financial accounts,” Chief Executive Officer Teri Vanderpol says. “Our strategic Board members and talented staff have made this accomplishment possible, keeping the credit union focused on offering the most convenient financial products and services to make banking simple and easy for our members.”
Members 1st Credit Union began in 1936 as California State Employees Credit Union #13, serving mostly state highway workers in the Redding area. The Great Depression still lingered when the founders pooled resources to lend money to some and return dividends to others. Their center of operations was simple: a desk drawer in the state Department of Transportation office.
In the 82 years since, Members 1st Credit Union’s membership, services, and geographic area have expanded greatly. There were three names and three mergers, including the 2000 merger with Federal Employees of Northern California Credit Union, established in 1941 for Shasta Dam workers, and the 2016 merger with STAR Community Credit Union, established in 1958 for the faculty and staff of California State University Chico and neighboring schools.
Members 1st Credit Union reported healthy gains last year: asset growth of 11.6 percent (compared with 4.72 percent by peer institutions), loan growth of 22.1 percent (8.52 percent peers) and membership growth of 5.6 percent (2 percent peers).
The credit union provides a full range of accounts and services including checking, savings, credit cards, loans, and investments. The credit union is one of the few financial institutions still offering a free checking account with no recurring account fees. Among the newest pluses for members are being able to open accounts online, an expanded offering of mortgage loans for home buyers, and the ability make person-to-person payments via email or cell phone.
At Members 1st Credit Union, every member is a part-owner, shareholder. The credit union’s purpose is to provide the convenient and relevant financial services our members need to achieve their goals and dreams.
Members 1st Credit Union is headquartered in Redding with branches in Redding, Anderson, and Chico. Membership is available to those living, working, or worshiping in Butte, Glenn, Shasta, and Tehama counties.
For more information, visit MembersOnline.org.
About Members 1st Credit Union
Members 1st Credit Union provides the convenient and relevant financial services our members need to achieve their goals and dreams. Membership is available to anyone who lives, works, or worships within Butte, Glenn, Shasta, and Tehama counties. For more information, visit one of our four convenient branches, call (530) 222-6060, or visit m1cu.org.
1380 Hilltop Road
Redding, CA 96003
1260 Pine Street
Redding, CA 96001
5020 Rhonda Road
Anderson, CA 96007
550 Salem Street
Chico, CA 95928
969 East Avenue
Chico, CA 95926
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