FAIRFIELD COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION CELEBRATES 65 YEARS
Pine Bluff, AR, August 1, 2023 – Fairfield Community Credit Union announces its celebration of 65 years in service to Jefferson County, by launching a "Community Worth of Kindness" campaign that will include 65 acts of kindness performed by FCCU employees, to benefit other employees as well as members of the Jefferson County community.
Of the campaign, Fairfield CEO Connie Wood declared, "Usually, birthday celebrants receive gifts. We decided to flip the script and give gifts away, 65 in all, one for each year our credit union has been serving Jefferson County."
During the celebration, FCCU employees are challenged to come up with ideas for "Community Worth of Kindness" acts they can perform to benefit both fellow employees and members of the larger Jefferson County community.
Marketing Director Cindy Dunn said, "We want everyone to be involved in our birthday party, so our branch lobbies will be decorated with birthday dcor and employees will be wearing fun, colorful T-shirts.é"
FCCU employees look forward to seeing all the members for this celebration. Also, anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school or owns a business in Jefferson County and is not a member is invited to visit any Fairfield branch and join.
ABOUT FAIRFIELD COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION
Fairfield Federal Credit Union (FFCU) was established in 1958 by International Paper Mill employees when they elected a board of directors and submitted a petition to be recognized by the National Credit Union Administration. The fledgling credit union opened with two full-time employees and one part-time. As a cooperative financial institution, Members actually owned the credit union, as they do to this day. Members also have a vote in the election of the board of directors.
By the late 1960s, FFCU had outgrown its borrowed space at the IP mill and construction of a free-standing office was begun on Highway 65 and opened for business in 1970. Over the years, the list of financial products and services was expanded as membership grew. Likewise, the office building was expanded to accommodate additional employees needed to serve the growing membership.
As membership grew, along with the need for more convenient services, FFCU added a branch in the Watson Chapel community at the intersection of US-79 and I-530. In 2006, FFCU responded to continued growth in Jefferson County with another branch built on US-270 near its intersection with I-530 in White Hall.
In 2007, FFCU reshaped their long-range vision and set a goal of becoming the credit union of choice in Jefferson County and beyond. To that end, they expanded membership eligibility to include the entire community of Jefferson County, which means anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school or owns a business in Jefferson County – including immediate family members – is eligible to join. This important community focus led the organization's leaders to rebrand as Fairfield Community Credit Union.
Fairfield Community Credit Union membership currently numbers more than 11,000 members. Ever mindful that the credit union is a cooperative, FCCU always refers to account holders as Members. Owner-members have full access to all the convenient, money-saving products and services offered. Additionally, Members' immediate family members are eligible for membership. Each Member has one vote in the FCCU's organizational affairs, such as the election of the Board of Directors. FCCU membership is a lifetime benefit regardless whether the Member changes jobs, retires or relocates, provided the Member maintains at least $5 in a Savings Account.