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.Community

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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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


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.

"Everyone at First Federal is proud of this achievement.  Our collective goal is to give Van Wert County a community bank that provides security, service and strength.  The staff at First Federal is what continues to drive this achievement, earning the trust and respect of the Van Wert County community." said First Federal President/CEO Brian Renner.

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 71 consecutive quarters.  Established in 1893, First Federal has been serving its local communities for 122 years.  Posted 1/22/2016

5 Star Logo 2016


First Federal Gives to Robotics Team 

First Federal of Van Wert, OH recently made a donation to Van Wert High School’s Robotics Team. Shown are (from the left) Ashley Kittle of First Federal, Robotics Team members Austin Carnahan and Michael Etter, Lisa Lawson of First Federal, and Robotics Team member Nick White. The $1,000 donation from First Federal to the Robotics Team allows the team to continue offering an excellent extracurricular academic opportunity.  Posted 1/9/2016

VW Robotics Donation 2016


Salvation Army Kettle Donation

The First Federal staff was excited to take on the $10 Salvation Army Kettle challenge and were able to donate $170.00 to help those in need this holiday season. Pictured are Becky Scheidt from First Federal and Major Art Barter from the Salvation Army.  Posted 12/21/2015

 Salvation Army Kettle Donation


First Federal Supports United Way

First Federal is proud to have employees and customers that helped raise some extra money for those in need in our area. United Way is a great organization and asset to the Van Wert community.  In addition to First Federal of Van Wert’s annual campaign its employees held two bake sales and a candy corn guessing game for the customers to enjoy. First Federal also sponsored an employee raffle that offered prizes including an extra vacation day, a car wash book, movie tickets, or a parking spot. Proceeds from these extra activities were presented to Executive Director Vicki Smith from First Federal employees (and United Way Executive board members) Suzie Grimes and Jessica Hardesty.United Way 2015 Jessi

First Federal Savings & Loan of Van Wert recently completed its 2015 United Way campaign. Employee participation in the campaign was 100 percent and, together with the bank’s matching donation, had a 33 percent increase in donations over the previous year. 

First Federal employees were also happy to present 2 over-flowing barrels of food to the Salvation Army for the 2015 Day of Caring food drive pictured in the banner below.  Posted 12/15/2015

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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

YMCA - Van Wert

YWCA - Van Wert


Bee Gee Realty

Sharron Realty Associates, Inc. 

Jim Shaffer Realty

Straley Realty


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

FDIC Insurance

FTS Identity Theft Site

US Savings Bond Purchases