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First City Credit Union Celebrated its 80th Anniversary


First City Credit Union celebrated its 80th Anniversary with a number of celebration events in September, culminating on the credit union’s “birth date” or date of establishment, Sept. 28.  We invited our members, to the festivities and had a great time!

We had open house events that took place in each of the credit union’s eight branches in downtown Los Angeles, Lakewood, West Covina, Claremont, Palmdale, Lancaster, and Pasadena.  The open houses were on each Friday in September with refreshments, member gifts, and special product offers for our members. 

Sponsor and member appreciation celebrations also took place in September.  Food trucks were deployed at several of First City’s main sponsor groups, providing free lunch to staff while the branches had refreshments and gifts on random days as appreciation for our members and to thank our sponsor groups for their support.  

First City was officially founded on September 28, 1937 as Los Angeles County Employees Number 11 Federal Credit Union, with 65 members and a grand total of $149 in deposits!  Today, with more than 55,000 members, $630 million in assets, and 11% in capital, First City is one of America’s strongest financial institutions.

First City CEO Jim Miller wants you to know that “Through the years, we’ve helped thousands of members fulfilling their financial needs. Our success is a reflection of our relationship with the members, sponsors, and communities that we serve.  Their support places First City among the nation’s most financially sound credit unions; a credit union that has received a ‘5-star superior’ rating by the Bauer Financial independent rating firm for 17 consecutive years.”

Your credit union’s commitment to its sponsor organizations and the communities it serves is highlighted by our involvement, fundraising, or sponsorship of several events, including the Lakewood Fun Run, Department of Public Social Services Funmania, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Fight for Life, Department of Children and Family Services Family Fun Day, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Chili Cook-off, LAC+USC Medical Center’s American Heart Association Heart Walk, Antelope Valley Salute to Youth, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Holiday from the Heart, Children’s Miracle Network Credit Unions for Kids, and Claremont’s Shoes That Fit.  In addition, First City conducts Financial Literacy programs for the sponsors and communities it serves.

We thank you for celebrating our 80th birthday as one of the best member-serving financial institutions in L.A. County. Even after all the car loans, home loans, credit cards, and savings we've helped members acquire, it was definitely fun serving you popcorn, ice cream, Carl's Jr., and more this year. To all of you across our membership—from our wonderful sponsors such as: Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Huntington Hospital, LAC+USC Medical Center, Antelope Valley Hospital, Adventist Health White Memorial Medical Center, and Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center; the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services, L.A. County Department of Social Services, and the Sheriff 's Department; to the communities of Claremont, West Covina, Lancaster, Palmdale, Lakewood, Los Angeles, and Pasadena—we wish you all the best. Please accept our heartfelt thanks for making First City one of the strongest credit unions in L.A. County and beyond.


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