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
  • Neighborhood Stabilization Program 

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 2014, 94 First Bank employees company-wide received First Bank CRA Community First Awards. Bank-wide (Missouri, Illinois, California, and Florida), these 94 recognized employees spent 8,100 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!


My name is Lourdes Valdez, First Bank Branch Manager in Eastlake, California. I am a proud First Bank employee. I enjoy interacting with the many loyal clients that bank with us.  Being active in my community offers me the chance to give back to important causes. In 2015, I am serving as the President of the Chula Vista Rotary Sunset Club. I am looking forward to continuing to help our community and representing First Bank with integrity, courage and passion for service above self!

I Am First Bank!

My name is Cynthia Donaldson, First Bank Area Manager in our Creve Coeur, Missouri branch. My career in banking started in 1979, and I enjoy taking care and seeing all of my bank clients. Giving back is important to me. Since 2008, I have been volunteering to help the elderly complete and file their tax returns. Between balancing my career and family, I am an active participant in my church choir and book club. I also enjoy teaching financial literacy training to many organizations.

I Am First Bank!

My name is Debra Wanbaugh, Area Manager, supporting the Southern California area. I am proud to have earned the Gold Level of achievement for my community involvement. I am actively involved in Costa Mesa, California. As a Board Member on the Costa Mesa High School Foundation I am committed to enhancing student education. The money we raise through fundraising and grants goes to support new opportunities for 1,700 students. I am proud to be involved in this important endeavor and receive a strong sense of satisfaction by giving back to my community.

I Am First Bank!