Community Matters at First Financial Bank

First team members pause for a group photo before greeting athletes at the 2018 Special Olympics Indiana Games opening ceremonies.

We care deeply for our communities and our family is committed to making a difference. Whether through service or investment, First Financial believes in contributing to the success and future of communities we serve. Thank you for allowing us to be a part your community and sharing in our efforts to make every day better.

Special Olympics Indiana Summer Games

First Financial Corporation is a long-time supporter of the Special Olympics Indiana Summer Games and our employees are a big part of that tradition. Every year since 1970, First Financial associates, family members and friends have given their time to welcome the athletes, coaches and supporters from every corner of the state to the three-day event. During the traditional Parade of Athletes on opening night, First volunteers escort the Special Olympics delegations into Hulman Center on the Indiana State University campus for an evening of celebration and the ceremonial lighting of the “Flame of Hope.”

This year, nearly 3,000 Special Olympians gathered in Terre Haute for the competition, which not only showcases their athletic abilities, but also promotes the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sports. Special Olympics Indiana provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities at no cost to them. This photo taken outside our Main Office Banking Center includes some of the many First associates who volunteered to serve at the 2018 games.

2018 Community Service
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United Way of the Wabash Valley
“Stuff the Bus” School Supplies Drive

The United Way of the Wabash Valley holds a “Stuff the Bus” school supply donation drive every year to help area families who are struggling with back-to-school costs. The organization partners with the Vigo County School Corporation, Clay Community Schools, Southwest School Corporation in Sullivan County and the South Vermillion School Corporation to make sure kids who come to school without basic supplies get the items they need for success in the classroom.

Among the many associates at our Operations Center who got together to support the drive were (kneeling) Anita Webster, Deposit Operations Supervisor; Bobbi Edwards, Deposit Operations Clerk;  (standing) Donetta Berlen, Correspondent Associate; Kelley Braffet, Reconciliations Clerk; Jay Rinehart, Director of Operations; Jessica Anderson, Operations Clerk; Kim Payton, Bookkeeping Clerk; Amber Carter, FirstPlus Clerk; Terri Lipkins, Bookkeeping Manager; and Courtney Lindley, IRA Clerk.

53rd Annual Little Italy Festival
Vermillion County, Indiana

For more than 30 years, First Financial Bank associates have volunteered their time over Labor Day weekend to host “beano” (Italian bingo) at the Little Italy Festival. Beano benefits the Vermillion County Chamber of Commerce and this year’s games raised about $6,000, which the Chamber uses to support local business and community events.

Bill Hartman (back, center), Manager, Cayuga Banking Center, served as the caller. Volunteers included Nicole Davis, Teller, Clinton Banking Center; Roxie Sager, Teller, Cayuga Banking Center; Jessi Purcell, Manager, Clinton Banking Center; Michelle Thomas, Teller/CSR, Clinton Banking Center; and her daughter Alanna Galbraith (front, center).

While the Little Italy Festival welcomes everyone as an “honorary Italian,” the event pays tribute to Clinton’s early settlers, many of whom were immigrants from northern Italy. Some 60,000 to 80,000 visitors attend the festival every year.

Harmony Park Project
McLean County, Illinois

The Harmony Park Project is a partnership among four non-profit agencies in the Bloomington-Normal area to build the community’s first fully inclusive playground. Not only will the new playground provide disabled children with safe, accessible equipment, but it will also be set up to allow parents with disabilities to maneuver, monitor and play with their children.

Bloomington Brickyard Banking Center Manager Nick Lurkins (second from left) recently presented a donation from the bank to Corin Chapman (third from left), one of the project’s organizers. Brickyard associates Taylor Hish, Assisitant Banking Center Manager; Kara Saks, Teller; and Angela Scharfenberg, CSR/Teller, took part in the presentation. In addition to serving kids of all ages and backgrounds, the playground is intended to create acceptance, understanding and harmony by encouraging kids with diverse abilities to play together.

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1. To date figures based on 2017 total contributions divided evenly across 12-month calendar year.

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