Best Credit Union in the Twin Tiers
for two years in a row!
Our Roots Are Right Here
Expanding Our Footprint
Become "First Heritage"
In 1984, the Credit Union became a multi-occupational credit union. We began recruiting a wide variety of member groups, businesses and organizations under the name First Heritage Federal Credit Union.
Over the years, the addition of numerous select employee groups dramatically increased our membership. We also entered into several friendly and unsolicited mergers with other area credit unions including: Oak Federal Credit Union (Elmira Heights, 1983), St. Joseph’s Hospital Employees Federal Credit Union (Elmira, 1984), Taynton Employees Federal Credit Union (Wellsboro, PA, 1984), Corning Hospital Employees Federal Credit Union (Corning, 1985) and GTE Wellsboro Federal Credit Union (Wellsboro, 1985).
Becoming A Community Charted Credit UnionFirst Heritage became a community chartered credit union in December 2001, with the ability to serve all people who live, work, worship, attend school or maintain a business or other legal entity as well as their immediate family members* in Chemung and Steuben counties of New York, and Tioga County of Pennsylvania. In September of 2022 we added an additional 8 counties including Livingston, Schuyler, Tioga, Allegany and Yates counties of New York, and the Bradford, Lycoming, Potter counties of Pennsylvania. The community charter allowed more of our friends and neighbors to take advantage of the many benefits of credit union membership.
Where We Are Today
In 2004, we welcomed members of NYSC Federal Credit Union into the First Heritage family. They were followed by Chemung County Federal Employees Federal Credit Union in 2006, CCSD Federal Credit Union in 2008, SSMH Federal Credit Union and Tioga Area Federal Credit Union in 2017 and Hornell Erie Federal Credit Union in 2018. We most recently welcomed Troy Area School Employees Federal Credit Union to the First Heritage Family in May of 2023.
We currently serve over 44,000 members in our community with our products and services that we continuously improve and expand. Our commitment to being a leader in banking technology led us to be one of the first financial institutions in our geographic area to offer remote deposit capabilities to our members.
Our credit union and our staff are committed to strengthening our communities. Each year, we make monetary donations to local charities and volunteer countless hours with several area non-profit organizations.