Our 85th Anniversary

Happy 85th Anniversary to First Financial

It's our 85th Anniversary, but you get the gifts! Keep checking this webpage for contests, promotions, and events.

85th Anniversary Member Testimonial Contest

Share your First Financial story with us for a chance to win one of three $85 Visa Gift Cards!

Congratulations to our 2021 contest Gift Card recipients!
  • Marissa A., Toms River Branch
  • Mary B., Neptune Branch
  • Susan H., Freehold/Howell Branch

Social Media Historical Trivia Contest

February - December 2021

What better way to celebrate than to test our members' knowledge of our credit union history with monthly prizes?! Each month throughout 2021, we will be posting a trivia question about the history of First Financial on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (follow us @FirstFinancialNJ on Facebook and Instagram, and @NJBanking on Twitter). We will collect correct answers in the form of comments received by 11:59pm on the last day of each month - from combined Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram participants under the posted contest photo. We will then place the correct responses into a drawing to award one lucky member a Visa Gift Card. Gift Card prize amounts will vary based on question difficulty, but will range from $25 to $85.

  • Winning members can choose to have the Gift Card mailed to their home address or pick it up at their nearest branch location.
  • Participants should use the hashtag #FFFCUthrowback85 within their entry comments.
  • View the contest terms and conditions here.
February 2021 Question: For a $25 Visa Gift Card, In what year was this “Future Credit Union Home” construction sign displayed?
Future Credit Union Home Monmouth County, New Jersey, teachers federal credit union, P. Thompson Construction sign

Answer: 1936. Congratulations to our February winner from Facebook, Michael D.!

March 2021 Question: For a $25 Visa Gift Card, In what city/town did our initial Credit Union groundbreaking ceremony take place?
Six founders at the initial Credit Union groundbreaking ceremony

Answer: Asbury Park, NJ. Congratulations to our March winner from Facebook, Linda W.!

April 2021 Question: For a $25 Visa Gift Card, In this photo, there are 2 Tellers from our original Asbury Park Branch. How much did a Teller make back in 1936 at the minimum wage rate?
Two credit union Tellers from our original Asbury Park Branch

Answer: $0.25 an hour. Congratulations to our April winner from Instagram, Tanita E.!
May 2021 Question: For a $25 Visa Gift Card, Is the Founder of the Credit Union featured in this photo? If so, where is he or she located in the picture and what was his or her name? 
may 2021 trivia photo

Answer: Yes, Harold "Pop" Shannon is located on the far right end. Congratulations to our May winner from Facebook, Kerry D.!
June 2021 Question: For a $25 Visa Gift Card, Prior to opening our first Credit Union Branch in Asbury Park where you see the tellers pictured here, how and where did the Credit Union first operate and who were our first members?
June 2021 triva photo

Answer: Out of the trunk of Pop Shannon's car, and schoolteachers in Asbury Park were our first members. No winner this month. 
July 2021 Question: For a $50 Visa Gift Card, What Credit Union product/service is being advertised in this retro marketing promotion poster featured in a branch?
July 2021 trivia photo

Answer: Mechanical Repair Coverage with vehicle paint sealant to protect the new vehicle. Congratulations to our July winner from Facebook, Kerry D.!

August 2021 Question: For a $50 Visa Gift Card, What was the address of our very first branch that opened?

Answer: 507 Bond St., Asbury Park NJ 07712. No winner this month.

September 2021 Question: For a $50 Visa Gift Card, Is being a Credit Union Board Member a volunteer position? And how much of each Credit Union member’s account funds were federally insured by the NCUA in 1970? (Hint: The NCUA insures up to $250,000 per each credit union member in 2021). 

Answer: Yes, it is a volunteer position and each member's funds were federally insured up to $20,000 in 1970. Congratulations to our September winner from Facebook, Kendra M.!

October 2021 Question: For a $50 Visa Gift Card, In what year did the Credit Union giveaway the Chevy vehicle pictured and what was the name of the Credit Union at the time?

Answer: 1981 and MonOc Federal Credit Union. No winner this month.

November 2021 Question: For a $50 Visa Gift Card, In what year did this testimonial dinner in honor of the Credit Union’s founder take place?

Bonus Question for an Additional $35 Visa Gift Card: Where did this testimonial dinner take place? (If the same person answers both correctly, they’ll get an $85 Visa Gift Card).

Answer: 1952 and The Essex House in Newark, NJ. No winner this month.

December 2021 Question: For an $85 Visa Gift Card, How many members were part of the Credit Union recorded on our Annual Report at the end of our first year of operation on December 31, 1936? 

Answer: 174. No winner this month.