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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Community Service Hours Completed by First Team Members Each Month in 2017
Community Service Hours Completed by First Team Members in 2017
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Local Agencies Served in 2017
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United Way Day of Caring
Washington, Indiana

A team of volunteers from our Washington Banking Center took part in the 23rd annual United Way of Daviess County Day of Caring. They took turns throughout the day painting at Four Rivers Resource Services in Washington, a nonprofit organization that assists people with disabilities and other life challenges. Participants included Jennifer Lyon, Branch Operations Coordinator; Carol Grannan, Teller/CSR; Emma McBride, Teller/CSR; Kelly Reel, Manager of the Washington and Worthington banking centers; and Bethany Tooley, Teller/CSR. The experience was so rewarding, they decided to donate $100 of their Jeans Day funds to Four Rivers.

It was a record year for the Day of Caring, with 582 volunteers donating over 2,767 hours to local service projects. The event demonstrates how a community working together can make a huge impact, even in one day.

Sullivan County Salvation Army
Back to School Blitz
Sullivan, Indiana

Associates from the Sullivan Banking Center gave their time to the Salvation Army’s annual Back to School Blitz, where local children in need received backpacks, school supplies, new shoes, socks and other basics. The staff donated their January and February Jeans Day funds to help buy shoes for the Blitz. They decided to get personally involved when they learned it was not easy to find volunteers to help the kids with their new shoes by kneeling down and putting them on their feet in an act of kindness and humility. “It was a very humbling but great experience, and we hope to do it again next year,” said Dave Wright, Manager, Sullivan Banking Center.

Participating associates from the Sullivan Banking Center included Kelly Thrasher, Commercial Loan Assistant; Dave Wright, Manager; Lori McKain, Teller/CSR; Kerry Monroe, Senior Teller/CSR; Heather Thacker, Teller Supervisor with her son Ty Jackson; Ashley Arnett, Teller; and Courtney Chickadaunce, Teller.

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Gibson County Fair

County fairs are a highlight of the summer in many communities around our service area and we like to be part of the fun! Our Princeton Banking Center sponsored Kiddie Day at the Gibson County Fair, which featured special activities, rides, games and prizes for youngsters. First Financial Southern Regional Manager Diane Buss, Teller/CSR Allyssa Culp and Banking Center Manager Jessica Marvel gave away First fans, Koozies and popcorn to fair-goers who stopped by their table.

The Gibson County Fair can trace its roots to 1852, when a group of civic leaders founded an agricultural society and started a fair to promote local farm products. It is one of the oldest county fairs in Indiana.

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

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