Who Is First Coast CCU?
First Coast Community Credit Union is a full-service financial cooperative serving those who live, work, own businesses or attend school in Putnam and Flagler Counties, Florida. Being a cooperative means we return our profits to our members through lower loan rates and higher dividends, giving financial advantages to our members and providing the guidance to succeed.
Once you are a member, you’re eligible for a lifetime of financial benefits, even if you move or change jobs. Plus, every member can invite their family members to join, passing along the savings.
The credit union was founded in 1948 by a group of employees from the Hudson Pulp and Paper Mill. It was initially run out of a cigar box in a desk drawer and was chartered under the name of HP&P Federal Credit Union, serving the employees of the paper mill and their immediate families.
Over the next twenty years, the credit union grew and the cigar box was replaced by offices in the plant’s administrative area.
In 1973, HP&P Federal Credit Union opened its first stand-alone facility on C.R. 216, across the street from the plant. The Hudson Pulp and Paper Mill was sold to Georgia-Pacific in 1979, and HP&P Federal Credit Union changed its name to G-P Federal Credit Union. In 1985, the credit union added cash services and doubled the size of the office.
Branching Out & Expanding
In 1996 the credit union opened its first branch office in the Big Lots Shopping Center in Palatka, and in August of 1998, the new branch at 306 South Palm Avenue was opened as the new headquarters. During that same year, G-P Federal Credit Union was granted a community charter and changed its name to G-P Community Federal Credit Union. In May of 2003, the credit union's charter was converted from federal to state and the name was changed to First Coast Community Credit Union.
In 2008, the members of Putnam County Teachers Credit Union, chartered in 1953 to serve the teachers of the area, voted to merge with First Coast Community Credit Union. After a charter approval to include Flagler County in the field of membership, the Board of Directors and Management of FCCCU chose to open a branch at 120 Belle Terre Parkway in Palm Coast Landing in March 2009 to serve existing and new members in the Bunnell, Palm Coast and Flagler areas. This branch was closed September 2018. In December 2010, the members of Putnam County Federal Credit Union voted to merge with First Coast Community Credit Union.
First Coast Community Credit Union continues to expand to serve its members and is striving to be the premier financial institution in Putnam and Flagler Counties.
Board Of Directors
Your Board of Directors is a group of volunteers that represents the membership and acts as your voice in all credit union matters. Each member of the board is a member and owner of the credit union, just like you.
- James Norwood, Jr.
- Rudy Howard
- Candy Rigdon
- Catherine Merritt
- Betty Poteet
- Linda Osborne
- Matt Reynolds
Audit Committee Members
- Matt Reynolds
- Brandon Riddick
- Maurice Sterling