The History of Members First Credit Union
Members First Credit Union was first established as the Manchester Municipal Employees Credit Union by firefighter John Walsh in 1949. John operated the credit union himself from his briefcase at the Somerville Street Fire Station in Manchester. In 1950, John's idea of helping local firefighters with their finances grew and the credit union officially moved into Manchester's City Hall on Elm Street.
After 31 years of continuous growth and popularity, the need for a more spacious facility became apparent. So in 1981, the credit union moved out of City Hall to 44 Bridge Street in Manchester. A second Manchester office was opened at 200 Union Street in 1994 to serve the growing municipal employee workforce.
When the credit union opened up its charter in 1997 to allow anyone living or working within 25 miles of a branch to join, it changed its name to Members First Credit Union. With its expansion to Bedford and surrounding communities in 2016, the credit union continues to broaden its membership base.
From John Walsh's briefcase at the Somerville Street Fire Station in Manchester back in 1949, to an expansive field of membership that serves a large part of southern and central New Hampshire today, Members First is dedicated to serving both its members and the community to improve the quality of life for all.
At Members First Credit Union, our mission is to build valued relationships by delivering financial solutions to simplify your life. We want to provide the solutions to all your financial needs today, tomorrow, and into the future. At Members First, it really is all about you!
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