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Our Story

Members First Credit Union’s mission is to encourage a better tomorrow. We look to empower people in their journey of wellbeing.

What's in a name? For us, it's our purpose. 

We’ve been here in Michigan serving our community with easy and affordable banking since 1936. As a Michigan-born credit union, we provide local banking the way only locals can.

We’ll start in 1936, when the Teachers’ Club of Midland County put in $50 towards the start of a cooperative. Donald Benfer, a passionate teacher, offered his junior high classroom for our first credit union office.

Our story gathers momentum in 2012, when we joined forces with a 64-year-old credit union created for the Clare Manufacturing Company and known for meeting members’ needs in Central Michigan. Fast-forward to 2017, we began collaborating with Michigan’s oldest credit union established in 1926 by ten employees of the United States Postal Service.

Today, we are Members First Credit Union. Our name says it all. Everything we do is in pursuit of bettering and strengthening the communities that we’ve grown up in for over 85 years.

At Members First Credit Union, we believe that joy and purpose go hand in hand.

So we’re here to make banking easy. To keep things simple. And help you find joy in your financial journey — by delivering the tools, resources and advice to help you achieve your goals.

Why do we do it? The same reason you do what you love. For the joy of it.


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