Our Community

Community Involvement

Community banks are invested in their communities and their customers. Here at First Federal, we thrive when our customers and communities do the same, so taking care of our customers and looking out for the best interest of our community is ingrained in the way we conduct our business.

When calling us, be assured that you are talking to someone who lives and works in the same community you do.  Go local and bank locally with us!  The money invested in your local community bank will be reinvested in ways that drive the local economy, such as in the form of loans to local residents who want to buy a home.  By driving local economies and creating local jobs, community banks are an integral part of our financial system and play a key role in our nation's economic recovery.

First Federal takes pride in great customer service and with reinvesting in our Van Wert and surrounding communities. 


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First Federal receives Superior 5-Star Rating

First Federal of Van Wert announces it has once again received a Superior 5-Star rating from Bauer Financial, Inc. of Coral Gables, Florida, the nation's leading bank rating and research firm.  Bauer Financial, Inc. has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983.  A 5-Star rating signifies that First Federal is one of the strongest banks in the nation, being dependable and financially sound.  To earn the Superior 5-Star rating, First Federal must excel in areas of capital, asset quality, profitability and much more.  First Federal has earned this 5-Star Superior rating for the latest 75 consecutive quarters.  Bauer Financial has stated "Fewer than 10% of the Nation's Financial Institutions can claim this distinction".  Established in 1893, First Federal has been serving its local communities for 122 years.  Posted 1/6/2017

5 Star Bauer Logo

First Federal Supports VWHS Robotics Club

First Federal is proud to have sponsored the VWHS Robotics Club and one of their fields at a recent competition.  Posted 12/2016

 VW Robotics Donation 2016

First Federal Continues to Support United Way

First Federal has always been a big supporter of the United Way of Van Wert County and is proud of our 100% employee pledged donations.  First Federal recently completed its 2016-2017 United Way of Van Wert County campaign. Employees made donations and pledges to help support local agencies currently receiving funding from United Way, as well as a company donation. The bank staff won the Day of Caring food drive bank challenge by accumulating the most points for food items benefiting the Salvation Army food pantry. (United Way photo)  First Federal would like to thank all of the customers and employees that helped contribute items for the food drive. With your help, First Federal was able to win the Day of Caring food drive bank challenge.  Posted 11/3/2016


 United Way 2016-2017 Campaign


 First Federal UW Food Drive 2016


Junior Achievement Volunteer

First Federal employees recently volunteered at Crestview and Van Wert Elementary schools as Junior Achievement Instructors in Second and Fourth Grade Classrooms.  The five session Fourth Grade Junior Achievement classes helped educate students about Entrepreneurship. The five session Second Grade Classes helped the kids learn about Community.  First Federal enjoys serving the community by partnering with JA.  Posted 5/6/2016

 JA Class - Diana Cearns

Diana Cearns, BSA & Operations Officer, instructed one of Mrs. Roop's 4th Grade Crestview Classes.



JA Class - Connie Bassett

Connie Bassett, CSR, taught Mrs. Shindeldecker's
2nd Grade Class at Van Wert Elementary.

 JA Class - Ruth Schutz

Ruth Schutz, Operations Department, taught another 4th Grade Crestview Class for Mrs. Roop. 

 JA Class - Jessi Hardesty

Jessi Hardesty, Loan Operations, instructed
Mrs. Sinn's 2nd Grade Class at Van Wert


First Federal promotes Grimes to Chief Financial Officer

Suzie Grimes

The Board of Directors of First Federal of Van Wert has announced the promotion of Suzie Grimes to chief financial officer.  Grimes began her career at First Federal in November, 2007 as accounting clerk.  She was promoted to comptroller in 2013. 

Grimes is a graduate of Van Wert High School and the University of Northwestern Ohio, where she majored in accounting and business administration.  For the last five years, Grimes has been actively involved with the United Way of Van Wert County and currently sits as treasurer of the United Way.  She is a graduate of the Van Wert Leadership class and served on its Leadership Committee. 

Grimes is married to Jon Grimes and has one son, Gavin Cross, and one stepson, Travis Grimes.

First Federal of Van Wert is a locally owned and operated institution.  First Federal has been serving the Van Wert community since 1893.  As an independent community bank, First Federal takes great pride in supporting the Van Wert community.  Posted 2/12/2016



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Van Wert Economic Development Office

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Bee Gee Realty

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Jim Shaffer Realty

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Van Wert County Hospital


Brumback Library


Van Wert Co. Historical Museum

Van Wert County Fair

Van Wert Co. Convention Visitors Bureau

Performing Arts Center

Wassenberg Art Center

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