Community Involvement

Community Involvement

Commitment To Our Community

First Bank is committed to making a positive difference in every community in which we do business. Throughout 2019, we proudly supported 117 organizations with over $1,000,000 in charitable contributions. Our dedicated employees gave over 5,000 hours in volunteer service, including 4,058 Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) hours. We also supported under-resourced communities with more than $49.7 million in community development loans and investments. As ingrained members of our communities, we strive to make a positive impact by giving of our time and resources, while delivering responsible financial products and services. We want our neighborhoods to grow and thrive as vibrant communities in which to work and live.p>

Reinvestment in our neighborhoods benefits all of us. That’s why First Bank supports nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life for individuals and families in the communities we serve, particularly those that are under-resourced. Following the Dierberg tradition of giving back to the community, First Bank values the role of being a community partner. After all, First Bank’s strong commitment to community has been part of our heritage for over a century. To help us further our mission, in 2019, we aligned with the Sherwood Forest and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County which are, a 501(c) (3) Nonprofit organizations that serves children from low-income families and under served communities from the St Louis and California areas who lives at or below the federal poverty line. These programs are here to help the children reach their full potential though mentoring programs and activities. Through these partnerships we were able donate and sponsor events.  We also donated to many food pantries across our footprint; What’s more, we also supported such solid organizations as Junior Achievement, KIPP, and the Equal Housing Opportunity Commission, just to name a few.

We believe a bank’s responsibility includes financing economic growth, but also giving back in other ways to our communities. Ways we are able to help is though Thrive, Small Business accounts, Consumer Lending, Mortgage, Home Equity loans, and debit and credit cards   to help low-to-moderate income clients in establishing good financial habits on their journey to re-building solid credit.

All of us at First Bank are honored by the trust our clients and communities place in our organization. We appreciate the opportunity to contribute to the many stories of success that unfold every year in the communities we serve. From our earliest days over 100 years ago as a community bank, we have remained dedicated to being a strong and reliable corporate neighbor. For now and into the future, we want our neighborhoods to grow and thrive as vibrant communities in which to work and live. First Bank is committed to its pursuit of crafting a better story for tomorrow’s leaders and innovators, the next generation. Let’s look ahead.

Stacy Clay
Senior Vice President Director
Director of Community Affairs

Sue Carroll
Fair Lending Officer

Jesse Wise
Vice President/Corporate CRA Officer
Keleen Ekiss
Community Affairs Support Specialist

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