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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.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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First Federal receives Superior 5-Star Rating

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.  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 69 consecutive quarters.  Established in 1893, First Federal has been serving its local communities for 121 years.  Posted 8/6/2015

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First Federal Raffle Winner

Brian Renner, President/CEO and Jessi Hardesty, Loan Operations of First Federal presented a gift basket to Fred Early, raffle prize winner. Those contributing to the raffle drawing helped First Federal raise funds for the recent Relay for Life event for the American Cancer Society.  Posted 5/21/2015

  • Relay 2015 Basket Winner


First Federal Donates to Run for Warriors 5K Event

Brian Renner, President/CEO and Lisa Lawson, Deposit Officer (right) with First Federal presented Ty Coil (left) and Jessi Hardesty with a donation for the upcoming Run for Warriors 5K Event held Saturday, May 23rd at 9:00 am, at the Middle Point Community Building.  Proceeds go toward the Wounded Warrior Fund, Middle Point Amvets Post 698, and the Middle Point Ball Park.  Posted 5/21/2015

Run for Warriors Donation


First Federal Participates in 2015 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 event at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds that was held on May 2nd.  First Federal was one of the top fundraising teams again this year, receiving the Silver Team award.

To help with fundraising prior to the event, First Federal sponsored two 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, "Banking on a Cure" 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 or walked were Ashley Kittle, Becky Scheidt, Brian Renner, Connie Bassett, Diana Cearns, Diane Moots, Jessi Hardesty, Jim (Jenny) Nelson, Lisa Lawson, Nancy Elston, Patty Boley, Prima Hertel, Rhonda Belt, Ruth Schutz, Sheri Tindall, Suzie Grimes, Tammy Nihiser, Tina Miller, Yvonne Brubaker.   Posted 5/13/2015.

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Ruth Schutz, Operations Dept. (left) and Diane Moots, CSR (middle), were this year's co-captains.  Brian Renner, President/CEO, together with his First Federal Team raised $4,600 for the American Cancer Society Event.

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Rhonda Belt, Loan Officer (left) enjoyed the games for the kids and sold lap lanyards at the campsite to raise funds.  Jessica Hardesty, Loan Operations shared the event with her family.  Diana Cearns, Operations Officer enjoyed walking at the event.  Prima Hertel, CSR (right) also enjoyed the afternoon with family.
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Tammy Nihiser (left), CSR enjoyed the nice weather!  Brian Renner, President/CEO & Randy Myers, Board Member enjoyed the event with family. 
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Sheri Tindall, Head Teller (left picture), walked to support the team.  Suzie Grimes, Comptroller (right picture) also enjoyed walking to support the team!


Junior Achievement Volunteer

Diana Cearns, First Federal, recently volunteered at Crestview Elementary as a JA Instructor for Mrs. Roop's 4th Grade Class. This five session Junior Achievement class helps educate students about entrepreneurship. First Federal enjoys serving the community by partnering with JA.  Posted 5/13/2015

JA Class


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


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