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 celebrates 125th Anniversary

First Federal of Van Wert, OH is excited to announce the celebration of its 125th Anniversary in 2018.  While the festivities will start in January, First Federal will be celebrating throughout 2018.  "We are very proud of our history of being a strong community bank. We emphasize customer service and community involvement and it's because of those attributes that we've been a successful organization for these 125 years," says Brian Renner, President at First Federal. "We take great pride in our community involvement and we understand for this company to be successful, we need Van Wert to be successful."

First Federal was first organized on January 9th, 1893 as the Fraternal Building and Savings Company.  The bank was initially located in downtown Van Wert at the J.H. Kaulke's Hardware store. It was in 1936 when the bank changed its name to First Federal Savings & Loan of Van Wert. After many years of being located next to the courthouse, First Federal moved to its current location at 679 Fox Road in September of 1997. The building recently received an interior remodel as well as new and improved drive thru equipment.  Renner indicated that First Federal has many of the modern banking conveniences and they will continue to add products to meet the customers' needs.

First Federal is locally owned and operated. The bank has five local board of directors and 19 local employees. While there is only one location, First Federal serves customers from all over Van Wert county and surrounding communities. "We want every customer interaction to be a great banking experience at First Federal. With a knowledgeable, friendly staff, we strive to make that happen with every customer." Renner adds. "With that company goal, we expect to be around for another 125 years."  Posted 1/8/2018

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First Federal Employees Donate to Toss a Toy

First Federal team members donated to the Toss a Toy children’s toy drive in return for wearing jeans on casual Fridays. The entire bank participated and team members enjoyed shopping local for new toys to be given to area families for Christmas! Special thanks to Lee Kinstle GM Sales & Service for spearheading this toy drive & Van Wert Walmart for sponsoring the recent special shopping event.  Posted 12/11/2017

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First Federal Donates to the Van Wert Robotics Club

Thank you to the VWHS Robotics CLUB for the educational tour & demonstration. We are so fortunate to have this program available to the students and First Federal is happy to be a part of it.

First Federal is sponsoring the Robotics Team and Northwest Ohio Regional Robotics Competition (January 20, 2018) through its donation of $1,000. Shown are First Federal employees Suzie Grimes and Jessi Hardesty and Robotics members Michael Etter, a senior, and junior Noah Carter. Posted 12/7/2017

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First Federal Supports the Van Wert YMCA

The YMCA of Van Wert County recently received a $1,000 donation from First Federal Savings & Loan for its 2017 annual Board Campaign. Campaign money is directed to the YMCA youth, and family financial assistance program. Here, YMCA CEO Hugh Kocab (center) is shown with First Federal employees (from the left) Diane Moots, Brian Renner, Adam Ries, and Suzie Grimes. Posted 11/21/2017

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First Federal and Its Employees Support United Way

First Federal recently completed its 2017 United Way campaign. Employee participation in the campaign was 100% and together with the bank’s donation, there was an increase in donations over the previous year.  First Federal, its employees, and customers were excited to take part in the United Way of Van Wert County Day of Caring food drive which helps provide to those in need in the community. First Federal wants to thank all its employees and customers for stepping up to the challenge and overflowing the barrels.  Vicki Smith presented First Federal with t-shirts won for being the bank that collected the most food items for the Day of Caring food drive.  First Federal has a winning streak now of 3 years in a row, and will wear their new t-shirts with pride!  First Federal is proud to have 100% participation for over the last 10 years donating to the United Way of Van Wert County. Posted 11/21/2017

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First Federal Matches Employee Contributions to the American Red Cross

In response to the recent natural disasters that so heavily impacted first Texas and then Florida, First Federal employees made personal contributions to be donated to the American Red Cross. The amount donated by employees was then matched by the bank, for a total of $900 donated toward relief efforts for those recovering from the destruction of both Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  Posted 9/15/2017

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Junior Achievement Volunteers

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 Class helped the kids learn about Community.  First Federal enjoys serving the community by partnering with JA.  Posted 4/29/2017

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

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

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



First Federal Hires MSVW Program Manager

First Federal is excited to announce the hiring of Adam Ries. Ries is a Van Wert native and has been the Program Manager at Main Street Van Wert for the last six years. Ries is a 2006 graduate of Van Wert High School and a 2010 graduate of Kent State University. Adam has served on the board of the Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce, the Convention & Visitors Bureau and several community event committees. Ries sings in the choir at First Presbyterian Church and is a member of the Van Wert Rotary Club. "We're excited to have Adam join our team at First Federal. He brings a great amount of energy and enthusiasm with him," says Brian Renner, President of First Federal.  Posted 3/10/2017

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First Federal Donates to Dog Park

First Federal is happy to donate to the Van Wert Community Dog Park Committee. This donation will go towards an off-leash area reserved at Rotary Park for dogs to run and play safely.  Posted 2/28/2017

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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

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Links of Interest


Local Weather

City of Van Wert

Van Wert Chamber of Commerce

Van Wert County

Van Wert Economic Development Office

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Bee Gee Realty

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Sharron Realty Associates, Inc. 

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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

Financial Links

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