Community FIRST

First Financial Credit Union exists today as a result of the principle of “people helping people”. Our employees actively carry out this principle today by giving their time and creative fundraising talents to non-profit organizations throughout our service area. We encourage our employees to be involved in local communities programs that make a positive difference.

2016 / 2017 Scholarships Winners


Jacob Chavez – Volcano Vista High School – will attend UNM
Keana Chee – Kirtland Central High School – will attend San Juan Community College
Isaiah Martin – Miyamura High School – will attend UNM
Neiry Mendoza – Floyd High School – will attend ENMU
Ieashiah Pino – Quemado High School – will attend NM Highlands University
Hannah Thompson – Middle College High School – will attend UNM

Past Recipients

Brianna Avila – UNM
Krystle Cowboy – ENMU
Kleid Bukas – UNM
Sean Coss – NM Tech
Shelby Essary – ENMU
Christian Geyer – UNM
Angelica Munoz – UNM
Tessa Nall – Clovis Community College
Alexandria Scheer – NM Tech
Breanna Spurlock – UNM
Tianna Spurlock – UNM
Alexis Young – ENMU
Claire Homer – NM Tech

$pending Frenzy in Gallup

First Financial partnered with Shawn Spruce, First Nations Development Institute, and held an interactive financial skills simulation on April 6th at Gallup Central High School. 93 students participate in the day-long event.

The $pending Frenzy is an interactive financial skills simulation created in response to Native youth with a need to learn money management skills. Built around the concept that students often learn better through hands-on activities as opposed to lecture or textbook based instruction, the $pending Frenzy provides an opportunity for participants to experience a “trial run” at adulthood. In addition to preparing participants for the multitude of challenges and responsibilities that a young adult consumer must face; the simulation also develops organizational and prioritization habits, hones recordkeeping skills and teaches techniques for handling and counting cash.

Learn more the successful event.

Donations & Sponsorships

First Financial is always proactively seeking ways to give back to our communities. We invest generously into our philanthropic partners throughout the counties we serve by volunteering our time and financial support. If you are seeking a donation or partnership with your event, please complete our Donations Request Form. All requests will be considered and are reviewed by our committee on a timely basis.

So far in 2016, some of the organizations First Financial Credit Union has donated to…

  • NM Child Advocacy Network
  • Gila Community & Tourism
  • Cuidando Los Ninos
  • Sparks Basketball
  • High Desert Cat Rescue
  • NM Autism Society
  • NM Heat
  • CSA Softball
  • Ballerz for Autism
  • NAMI New Mexico
  • St. Martin’s Hospitality Center
  • Silver City USSSA
  • Friends of Healing House
  • March of Dimes
  • Operacion Pavo

In 2015, some of the organizations First Financial Credit Union donated to…

  • Albuquerque Christian School
  • Ability Connection New Mexico
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico
  • Tour of the Gila
  • 150 IS Enlisted Advisory Council
  • Quemado Community Equestrian Association
  • Dora Consolidated Schools
  • Miss NM Pageant

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Commitment To Financial Literacy

First Financial Credit Union actively promotes financial education through free programs, financial counseling and community partnerships. First Financial strives to help individuals learn how to become financially secure and establish good habits for wise spending and saving. We are dedicated to helping you realize your financial goals – reducing your debt, saving for higher education, buying your first home, or planning for retirement. Please contact Emilee New for more information.

Classroom Presentations

Our financial literacy specialists will conduct classroom presentations at elementary, middle and high schools. In these presentations, carefully designed exercises and activities move the student step-by-step toward each of the seven core competencies that the program teaches. In the process, students:

  • Create their own financial plan
  • Create their own budget
  • Propose a personal saving and investing plan
  • Select strategies to use in handling credit and managing their debt
  • Demonstrate how to use various financial services
  • Create a personal insurance plan
  • Examine how their choice of career and lifestyle will affect their financial plan
  • Along the way to learning these seven lessons, students also learn dozens of related skills, all designed to help them see how easy and important it is to manage their resources.

Jeans for a Cause

The employees of FFCU raise money by wearing jeans. By providing a cash donation or bringing in material goods for different organizations in need, employees are able to wear jeans on selected days. Join us as we help raise money and awareness for organizations in our community!

In 2016 Jeans for a Cause raised funds for. . .

  • All Faiths • $300
    All Faiths is New Mexico’s leading family behavioral health agency specializing in the treatment of families, children and their parents who are struggling due to issues of divorce, homelessness, child abuse/neglect, family violence or other crises. Our highly trained staff specializes in trauma-informed treatment methods that create a safe and comfortable environment in which our clients can heal. In addition, All Faiths serves children, youth and their families struggling with mental health and behavior health issues which impact their success at home, school and in their community.
  • Miles for Minds • $300
    In partnership with RunFit, a non-profit dedicated to curbing childhood obesity through running and walking programs, the APS Education Foundation presents a 5K Run and Kids K to benefit both academic and fitness programs in our schools. The APS Education Foundation is a 501 ©(3) non-profit organization established for promoting private support of the district and its students. In partnership with Albuquerque Public Schools, we promote and garner financial and in-kind resources to provide students with the opportunity to succeed. We also mobilize resources and develop community partnerships to support excellence in APS.
  • NAMI NM • $500
    NAMI-New Mexico is an effective mental health organization dedicated to empowering and enlightening New Mexico’s diverse population through advocacy, education and support. NAMI-New Mexico accomplishes its mission by:
    -Providing education programs for families, individuals, providers and communities;
    -Promoting innovative, state-wide education and treatment in diverse community settings;
    -Working to abolish stigma;
    -Working with all branches and levels of government to promote systems change and expand resources;
    -Providing safe environments to promote resiliency and recovery
  • Family Crisis Center of San Juan County • $500
    Established in 1978, Family Crisis Center (FCC) is a 501©(3) agency and comprehensive domestic violence service provider, offering a broad range of services geared toward response to the crisis of domestic violence. Services are provided at two facilities including Marge’s Place, a protective shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children, and our Counseling Center which provides services and support to victims, child witnesses, and offenders.
  • Veterans Helping Veterans • $500
    Our organization proudly supports male and female veterans along with advocating at the city, state and local level. We help with everything from hotel stays, connecting veterans to needed assistance, and even get-togethers to further comradery with guest speakers. We pride ourselves on being a valuable resource center for our veterans along with allowing their voice to be heard by local, state and federal officials. Partnering with civic organizations and schools allows us to teach proper flag etiquette and citizenship. Our biggest motivation is to get our disabled veterans out of their homes and active in their community.
  • Portales Municipal Schools • $400
    Portales Municipal Schools has adopted the vision: “All students will be productive and successful citizens.” Portales Municipal School’s Mission Statement is:“All students will be provided a Quality Education.”
    Based on this philosophy, Portales Municipal Schools believes that:
    -Parents and community are an integral part of the education process.
    -All students can succeed in a learner-centered environment.
    -Dedicated teachers are a key link in success.
    -Achieving quality education is a continuous improvement process.
    -A nurturing, caring environment with respect for all is essential.
    -A quality education system must promote an appreciation and understanding of other cultures.
    -Public schools are necessary for a democracy.
  • Animal Humane New Mexico • $300
    Animal Humane New Mexico is an independent 501©(3) nonprofit. We are the state’s leading private animal welfare agency serving cats, dogs and their families. From our main campus in Albuquerque, we partner with shelters across the state to rescue homeless pets. Since January 2010, we have successfully re-homed 100% of the healthy pets in our care! We support every cat and dog at Animal Humane with outstanding veterinary, social and emotional care and, most importantly, LOVE until they are adopted by their new forever families.
  • American Red Cross • $200
    The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. In New Mexico our most common disaster that we respond to is a home fire. On average we respond to at least one on a daily basis. We assist clients who have been displaced by providing shelter and financial assistance if they lose their home. We also assist the military through our Service to the Armed Forces. In New Mexico and Arizona, we have the largest concentration of military personnel in the country. We provide services pre-deployment, during deployment, and post-deployed.
  • Blessings For Burque • $600
    Blessings For Burque believes that we “are our brother’s keeper” and it takes a collective effort to make this happen. Blessings For Burque provides opportunities to bless and be blessed as they encourage, support and build up our communities. Their mission is to change and be changed as they serve others and share Christ.
  • Camp Enchantment • $600
    Camp Enchantment New Mexico serves families of children who have or have had cancer, and their siblings, both through Camp Enchantment and Camp SuperStars. Camp is what all of the counselors, staff and campers dream about all year long. For the campers it is a place where they can be who they really are and they can simply be kids!

In 2015 Jeans for a Cause raised funds for. . .

  • Paws and Stripes • $500
    Paws and Stripes is a nonprofit​​​​​​​​​ organization providing service dogs​​​​​​​​​​ for wounded military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury through integrating service dog training and education with mental health support. We help veterans​​​​​​​​​​ so they can live the full and rich lives​​​​​​​​​​ they deserve. Our dogs come only from local rescues​​​​​​​​​​. Our service dog trainers​​​​​​​​​​ teach the dogs and the veterans as a team​​​​​​​​​​. These dogs are not pets, they are service dogs with the complete protection and rights granted by the American with Disabilities Act.Our program is funded through generous grants and donations​​​​​​​​​​ from people like you. Our veterans are never obligated to pay​​​​​​​​​​ a penny​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ of the program’s costs to enroll.
  • The Storehouse • $500
    The Storehouse is New Mexico’s largest food pantry. More and more of Albuquerque’s working poor are struggling to feed themselves and their families. Money is tight for everyone, but one illness, a reduction of work hours, or any setback can leave a family wondering where their next meal is coming from or how they will get clothing or shoes. The Storehouse provide FREE food and clothing to people who are struggling.
  • Haven House • $400
    Haven House is the only domestic violence agency serving Sandoval County’s entire estimated population of 122,298. Haven House provides the following services: emergency shelter, crisis intervention, case management, support groups, life skills groups, legal advocacy, referrals, therapeutic counseling, and a Batterers Intervention Program.
  • Animal Humane of New Mexico • $150
    Animal Humane is committed to being the leader in next-generation animal shelters. We have proactively developed a full-range of programs and services dedicated to helping people connect with a lifelong companion and working with them to keep that relationship balanced and happy. Their mission is to support and improve the lives of New Mexico’s cats and dogs through sheltering, adoptions, humane education and veterinary services.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico • $250
    For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.