Supporting Our Communities

Supporting Our Communities

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CRA Community First Awards

The First Bank Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Community First Awards Program recognizes our employees’ service contributions to CRA-qualified organizations. Community First Awards are earned by volunteering time towards CRA-qualified activities supporting one of the following criteria for low-to-moderate-income individuals:

  • Affordable housing 
  • Community services
  • Economic development 
  • Revitalization

Awards have three levels of recognition: 

  • Gold (100 hours or more of volunteer service)
  • Silver (50 to 99 hours of service)
  • Bronze (25 to 49 hours)

In honor of their outstanding volunteer spirit in 2019, 40 First Bank employees company-wide received First Bank CRA Community First Awards. Bank-wide (Missouri, Illinois, and California), these 40 recognized employees spent 4,058 hours volunteering in their communities. They showed a passion and spirit for giving that only comes from the heart.

Our Community Stars

We are excited to feature First Bank employees who are making a difference in our communities!

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My name is Karen Bowker, First Bank Branch Manager in Solvang, California. I am a proud First Bank employee.  It is my passion to help the community, a way for me to give back to the people less fortunate.  I serve on the Youth Coalition Board through People Helping People.
“People Helping People serves 3,900 unduplicated clients each year.  Ninety percent of these clients are extremely low income to low income children, families and seniors. Gifts from individual donors like Karen Bowker, help to fund critical basic needs services for those in need such as food, homelessness prevention, medical treatment, prescriptions, and counseling”  - Dean A. Palius, CEO of People Helping People.

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My name is Katie Underwood, First Bank Client Service Supervisor. I am a proud First Bank employee. For the past 5 years I have had the pleasure of receiving First Bank’s Gold Level of Achievement for my involvement with our community’s youth.  Bethel 12, Job’s Daughters International has been a part of this community for over 85 years, and a part of my life for over 20 years.  As a member of Bethel 12’s council, I take part in their monthly meetings and assist with their bookkeeping.  Our fundraisers throughout the year help support the girls with their travels around the state, country, and even the world.  As an active member when I was a girl, I am appreciative that Bethel 12 welcomed me as an adult leader.  These young ladies run their own meetings and plan their own activities and fundraisers with our assistance.  With girls ranging from 8 years old to 20 years old, this organization is a treasure to our community.  I am so proud to be a part of the First Bank team, which cares so much for our community and gives me the opportunity to really show Bethel 12 that First Bank is here for them.

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My name is Freda Dill, First Bank Branch Manager in Vallejo, California. I am a proud First Bank employee. Being active in my community provides me additional opportunities for my personal growth.  Giving back to my employees and Vallejo’s nonprofits is very important and provides an incredible amount of fulfillment.   I am so proud to represent First Bank! 
“Freda has been an instrumental leader with Rebuilding Together Solano County.  In the past year, she has served as our Board President, Chair of our fund development and treasurer.     She has volunteered more than 360 hours in the past year alone.    Her direction, leadership and dedication to RTSC has been instrumental in our continuation of our much needed services (health and safety repairs for low-income homeowners and community facilities) in Solano County.   We wish to thank Freda and First Bank for her involvement with RTSC” - Elizabeth Hoffman the Executive Director of RTSC.

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