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 2018, we proudly supported 215 organizations with over $1,000,000 in charitable contributions. Our dedicated employees gave nearly 6,000 hours in volunteer service, including 5,849 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 2018, we aligned with the Community Action Agency of St. Louis County, Inc. (d/b/a CAASTLC), a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation that’s part of a national network of Community Action Agencies (CAAs), that administers various programs on community levels to assist low-income people out of poverty conditions. Through this partnership, we were able to adopt seven families (including 26 children) in need throughout the 2018 holiday season. We also donated to many food pantries across our footprint; filled backpacks with school supplies for a Teen Action Program; donated coats; and provided volunteers for the Reality Enrichment and Life Lessons Project. What’s more, we also supported such solid organizations as Junior Achievement, Big Brothers Big Sisters, 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. That’s why we launched our new Thrive Program, offering Checking, Mortgage, Home Improvement lending, and Credit Builder products 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.

Jesse Wise
Vice President/Corporate CRA Officer

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