Mission & History
Mission & History
Originally chartered in 1938 as "The Orange County Employees Credit Union," Orange County's Credit Union was formed to provide for the financial needs of local county government employees. During the 1990's, the Credit Union expanded its Membership to include all residents of Orange County and today, is open to everyone living or working in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties.
Each of the dates below tells part of the Orange County's Credit Union story.
1938 - Orange County's Credit Union is established in 1938 as "The Orange County Employees Credit Union." First president: J. Arthur Anderson. Initial deposits: $2,663.
1940 - The Credit Union applies for a State Charter under the California Credit Union Act of 1939.
1953 - The Board adopts the "Once a Member, always a Member" policy which is still in effect today.
1964 - As Membership swells to 3,000 Members, we reach our first million dollars in assets.
1978 - We introduce share draft (checking) accounts and Visa® credit cards.
1982 - Our first ATM is installed at the Civic Center branch in downtown Santa Ana.
1989 - 92 - Our growing Membership requires more growth. We open locations in Anaheim and Lake Forest. We join the Credit Union Shared Branch Network and partner with the STAR, Cirrus, CO-OP, and Maestro ATM Networks.
2001 - We achieve the milestone of $500 million in assets and entered the millennium serving Orange County, Long Beach, Signal Hill, Lakewood, and Cerritos residents.
2002 - Our new 48,000-square-foot headquarters in Santa Ana, CA is opened.
2006 - The Credit Union created our in-house mortgage team and generated $106 million in new home loans for Members.
2008 - Membership expanded to include anyone who lives, works, or attends schools in Riverside County. New branches are opened in Irvine and Yorba Linda. Orange County's Credit Union celebrates its 70th anniversary.
2010 - The Credit Union launches Mobile Banking to the delight of tech-savvy Members.
2012 - Our Facebook page debuts and attracts over 1,500 fans in the first 8 weeks.
2012 - We achieve the milestone of $1 billion in assets.
2015 - Our Instagram page debuts and attracts over 1,000 followers within its first year.
2017 - With $1.4 billion in assets, Orange County's Credit Union reaches the 100,000 Member milestone.
2019 - Membership expanded to include anyone who lives or works in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.