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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 Gives to Salvation Army

Brian Renner, President /CEO and Rhonda Belt, Loan Officer, presented $10,000 to Major Art Barter of the Salvation Army. The donation is for the Salvation Army’s capital campaign to move the Corps to its new site on North Cherry Street.  Posted 2/4/2015

 Salvation Army 2015 Donation


First Federal and Employees Support United Way

First Federal continues to support the United Way of Van Wert County, with 100% employee participation... since 2005. This year, First Federal was able to collect $3909.00 between employee and corporate pledges. Our employees are happy to help our community through United Way of Van Wert County!  Posted 1/28/2015

 2014 United Way Donation


First Federal Donates to Children's Christmas Garden

First Federal made a donation for the Children’s Christmas Garden at Smiley Park which assists with the transformation of the garden into a winter wonderland of lights, candy canes, Santa and more. Becky Scheidt (left) and Jessi Hardesty (right) presented the check to Sue Heppeard (center), VW Parks Dept.  Posted 12/10/2014

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Toss a Toy Donation

First Federal employees donated toys to the local Salvation Army through the Lee Kinstle Toss a Toy event at the Van Wert YMCA this past Saturday, December 6th. We were happy to participate in such a great cause!  Posted 12/10/2014

Toss a Toy Donation


Smoke Detector Project Donation

Chris High (left) from the Wren Fire & EMS Department, on behalf of all Van Wert County Fire departments, accepts a $500 donation from Rhonda Belt, Loan Officer (center) and Ashley Kittle, CSR (right) of First Federal towards the "No Child Sleeps Unprotected" smoke detector project.  The goal of the project is to provide every school age child in the county with a free smoke detector that has a 10-year battery.  Posted 9/19/2014


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First Federal sponsors the Van Wert High School Robotics Team

First Federal of Van Wert has committed to sponsoring the Van Wert High School Robotics Team at $1,000 per year.  Jim Nelson, Vice President of Lending stated, "This donation will help the robotics team to purchase the items needed for their upcoming Northwest Ohio Robotics Competition to be held in our community on January 17th and achieve their upcoming academic goals."  Posted 9/19/2014

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                               Jim Nelson & Nancy Elston, First Federal along with VWHS Robotics Team Members


United Way Day of Caring Food Drive 2014

Jessica Hardesty (First Federal Loan Operations and Day of Caring 2014 Chair) would like to thank everyone for their participation in the food drive. First Federal’s goal was 900 food items and after a final recount, ended up with 1220 items out of the overall total of 33,619 items! Jessica received several comments about how amazed they were at the amount of food that First Federal brought in. That says a lot about our customers and employees. We are blessed with great people.  Posted 9/29/2014
United Way Day of Caring 2014
United Way Day of Caring 2014

The United Way Day of Caring food drive is in full swing! Barrels are set out around town, and the public is asked to help fill them. Employees of First Federal, Jessi Hardesty (Day of Caring 2014 chair) & Suzie Grimes (Day of Caring committee member) volunteer their time serving on the Day of Caring Committee and would love to see all of the barrels full this year. The barrels will be out for donations until Friday, September 26th. So join in the fun and next time you're at the bank, bring a can to help us fill our First Federal barrels.  Posted 9/10/2014


United Way JeansFund Support

Employees of First Federal donates food items to the United Way Day of Care food drive using money from their $1-donation-jeans fund.



Van Wert High School Robotics Team Demonstration

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Robotics Team

Employees enjoy an early morning demonstration of a remote controlled robot sweeping up yellow blocks and dropping them into a basket. The robot was designed and built by the Van Wert High School Robotics Team. Robotics Team Coach Bob Spath talks about their participation in regional and world robotics championships and how they are preparing students for future employment. Shown are Bob Spath, Spencer Teman (VWHS sophomore) and Zane McElroy (VWHS Teacher).  Posted 9/10/2014


Brian Renner's 20th Work Anniversary Celebration

Brian Renner 20th Anniversary Invitation

President/CEO Brian Renner has been at First Federal 20 years this August. Brian demonstrates exemplary leadership in helping his employees and the community. We are very fortunate to have such a talented, dedicated and loyal individual lead our team.  Posted 9/10/2014



First Federal Partners with Niswonger Performing Arts


The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is honored to partner with First Federal of Van Wert for the 2014-15 Season. As a Presenting Sponsor for three featured events that include Home Free, the Newsboys and The Temptations, First Federal proves that they are committed to serving community through supporting the performing arts. Their contribution of $5000 provides financial support in securing national artists and also enables lower ticket prices for patrons.

First Federal of Van Wert has been a valued partner of the Niswonger since inception. The First Federal Lecture Hall, located off of the lobby, welcomes thousands of guests each year through business meetings, school functions and special events. First Federal has also contributed every season since 2008 as an event sponsor or through providing lobby entertainment.

The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is grateful that the mission "To provide a premier venue for a wide variety of performing arts, concerts, lectures, meetings, and special events which will inspire, educate, and entertain residents of and visitors to Van Wert County, and to provide an economic catalyst by increasing cultural tourism, creating new jobs, and generating business for the region" is supported by First Federal. Jerry Beard, Niswonger Box Office Manager, is shown with Brian Renner, First Federal of Van Wert President & CEO.  Posted 8/27/2014

Basic Money Management Program for Children Ages 10-12

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First Federal’s Jessi Hardesty, Diane Moots, and Diana Cearns volunteered to teach the YWCA Summer Food Program participants about basic money management and savings.  This is the fifth consecutive year that First Federal has participated in the education of children ages 10-12. Pictured are Jessi Hardesty and Diane Moots.  Posted 8/27/2014


Donation to YMCA

YMCA Donation 2014  

The YMCA of Van Wert County receives a donation for the 2014 Annual Board Campaign. Campaign money is directed to the YMCA youth financial assistance program.  First Federal’s Sheri Tindall along with President/CEO Brian Renner presents Hugh Kocab, YMCA Executive Director with a check for $1000.  Posted 8/20/2014


Congratulations to Gloria Ringwald


Congratulations to Gloria Ringwald who retired from First Federal at the end of July after 14 years of service. During this time, Gloria built many great relationships with our customers. We wish Gloria much happiness.  Posted 7/25/2014



Donation to Van Wert Salvation Army 

First Federal along with Leland Smith Insurance & Statewide Ford donated $2,000 to the Van Wert Salvation Army.  Local business leaders proud to support our local community!!

 Salvation Army 2014 Donation

Pictured: (left to right) Andy Czajkowski of Statewide Ford, Brian Renner of First Federal, Major Art Barter of Salvation Army, and Randy Myers of Leland Smith Insurance.  Posted 7/31/2014


First Federal receives Superior 5-Star Rating

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First Federal of Van Wert, OH announces it has once again received a Superior 5-Star rating from BauerFinancial, Inc., Coral Gables, Florida, the nation's leading bank rating and research firm.  BauerFinancial, 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.
Under the leadership of Brian Renner, President and CEO, he states "the dedicated staff at First Federal continues to make this possible, earning the well deserved trust and respect.  Also, as a community bank, we take pride in contributing back to the Van Wert county area."

To earn this 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 65 consecutive quarters.  Established in 1893, First Federal has been serving its local communities for 120 years.  Posted 7/23/2014




First Federal Sponsors "When Pigs Fly"


When Pigs Fly DonationFirst Federal is sponsoring a "When Pigs Fly" event for a third consecutive year where pigs will fly through Van Wert for this year's eighth annual Van Wert Rib Fest. Shown are Deb Russell (Executor Director, United Way), Jessi Hardesty (Loan Operations, First Federal) and Suzie Grimes (Comptroller, First Federal), and Scott Mull (Campaign Chairperson for this year's United Way).  

When Pigs FlyAt approximately 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 9th, little plastic piggies will be dropped from overhead by the United Way of Van Wert County and fly over the festival grounds.  Each pig is numbered to a corresponding raffle ticket that the United Way is selling for $10 each. The person holding the number of the piggy that lands closest to the "pig pen" wins $650. The second-place prize is $350 and furthest away prize is $250. Tickets can be obtained from First Federal at 679 Fox Road, the United Way office, or from any United Way Board member.  For more information about this event call the United Way office at 419.238.6689 or the Van Wert Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at 419.238.9378.  

The Rib Fest was established eight years ago as a fundraiser to benefit the Van Wert Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.  In addition, this event will help support many area organizations that are aided by the United Way.  There will be lots of great food with the area's best rib cookers along with live musical entertainment.  The Rib Fest will be held on August 8-9 at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds.  Festival hours begin at 5 p.m. Friday and 11:00 a.m. Saturday.  Posted 7/1/2014


The Holiday at Home July 4th fireworks show will be coming soon!  First Federal will support the annual fireworks display again this year with a $500 donation along with many other local contributors.  The fireworks will be held at the Van Wert County Regional Airport on Friday, July 4th.  Posted 6/26/2014



Van Wert Historical Society Honors First Federal


Historical Society 2014 Donation




Brian Renner, President/CEO of First Federal, was presented the 2014 Certificate of Appreciation plaque by Dean Williamson and Larry Webb from the Van Wert Historical Society for many years of support from First Federal. Posted 6/26/2014







First Federal Donates to YWCA Summer Food Program

First Federal recently donated $250 to the YWCA Summer Food Program.  Shown are Tina Miller (left) and Diane Moots (right) of First Federal and Hannah Phlipot of the YWCA Summer Food Program. Several First Federal staff will be teaching a money management educational class to 10 - 12 year old participants as part of this program.  Posted 6/26/2014

YWCA 2014 Donation


First Federal Participates in 2014 Relay for Life Event 

Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society's signature event and offers everyone in the community the opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer during the weekend event at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds that was held on May 2nd and 3rd.  First Federal was one of the top fundraising teams again this year.   To help with fundraising prior to the event, First Federal sponsored five raffle drawings.  First Federal would like to thank all of its supporters and customers that purchased the raffle tickets, luminaria, moons & stars for display in the lobby, t-shirts, cookie day, and individual donations to support First Federal's team efforts. 

Members of the First Federal team took shifts and walked at the event.  Team members that raised funds/walked were Amber Evans, Ashley Kittle, Becky Scheidt, Brian Renner, Diana Cearns, Diane Moots, Gloria Ringwald, Jessi Hardesty, Jim (Jenny) Nelson, Lisa Lawson, Nancy Elston, Patty Boley, Rhonda Belt, Ruth Schutz, Sheri Tindall, Suzie Grimes, Tammy Nihiser, and Tina Miller.   


Relay 2014 Gold Team Relay 2014 Bike Raffle

Brian Renner holds the First Federal "Gold Team" Award for raising over $5,000.  Lisa Lawson, Deposit Officer (left) and Ruth Schutz, Operations Dept. (right) were this year's co-captains.  Special thanks to Elmco Engineering for donating a kid's bike, won by Joan Fox, with Steve Samples accepting the raffle prize from Rhonda Belt, Loan Officer on Joan's behalf.

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Randy Rhodes was the winner of the 2013 Golden Eagle Coin.  Standing with Randy is Ashley Kittle, CSR, (left) and Lisa Lawson (right).  Also, Ruth Schutz (left) and Lisa Lawson (right) with Bill Pontius, winner of the Joey Votto autographed baseball.

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Carter Renner was the lucky winner of the Urban Meyer Autographed OSU Football Mini Helmet.  Pictured with Carter is Ruth Schutz (left) and Suzie Grimes, Comptroller (right).  Also, Jim, Loan Officer (left) & Jenny Nelson donated an assorted gift basket for a raffle prize, won by Mike Stanley.  Lisa Lawson (right).

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First Federal 'campsite" at the event.  Rhonda Belt does a great job selling lap lanyards & t-shirts.  Brian Renner and Randy Myers, Board Member enjoy walking at the event.

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Diana Cearns (right), Operations Officer enjoyed the walk with family to support the event.  First Federal and Leland Smith sponsored the 5K run on Saturday morning at the Relay for Life event.

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Patty Boley, CSR (left) had fun walking for the relay event.  Moons & stars were displayed in First Federal's lobby in honor or memory of loved ones purchased by customers.

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After the Relay for Life event, Ruth Schutz accepted a "pie in the face" from Tammy Nihiser, CSR that helped motivate her coworkers to achieve the last few hundred dollars that met the $5,000 goal prior to the event.  Posted 5/21/2014


First Federal President gets "pie in the face" 

First Federal employees achieved the "President's pie in the face challenge" while raising funds for Relay for Life. Lisa Lawson, Deposit Officer is shown slamming one of the many pies in Brian Renner's face.  Jessi Hardesty, Loan Operations is also shown having fun with the pie throwing.  The First Federal team will be walking this weekend for the Relay for Life event at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds.  Posted 4/28/2014

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