Our Community

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.

News

Annual Dinner Event

Congratulations to the Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce for hosting an impactful & memorable Annual Dinner event last evening! We applaud all of the businesses who received milestone or golden shovel recognition, and the special individuals who were honored for their positive contributions in making Van Wert a stronger, healthier community. Thank you for the recognition of our 125th Anniversary we celebrated throughout 2018. We vow to continue showing our love for the #VanWert community for many years to come. Posted 02/14/2019

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PTSD group lead by Post Commander David Beck

PTSD Group

The PTSD group lead by Post Commander David Beck meets each Monday night at the American Legion. The group is for veterans, parents, spouses, partners, siblings, and friends of veterans to share their stories of military experience and support each other like family. Outside of weekly meetings, the group has become active volunteers; installing a fence to ensure a veteran could receive a service dog and also remodeling part of a veterans home while they were receiving treatment at a VA hospital.

First Federal employees recently gave a donation from their weekly ‘jeans fund’ to the American Legion Isaac Van Wert Post 178 to further the work of the weekly PTSD group. The employee donation was matched by First Federal to double the contribution.
Anyone interested in learning more or attending is encouraged to contact David Beck by phone at 440-206-6515. Posted 12/11/2018

 First Federal joins the YWCA in warm gear giving

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Cold Days Warm Hearts. First Federal is joining with the YWCA of Van Wert County to help “chase away the chill” in our community. Employees purchased hats, gloves, & scarves for the YWCA to give away this weekend in Fountain Park. The warm gear will be tied to trees throughout the park for anyone who might need them.  Posted 11/08/2018

Celebrating 125 Years

A wonderful day spent celebrating what it means to be a community bank: serving our customers, thanking our employees, and continuously supporting projects that strengthen and grow the Van Wert Community. Thank you for helping us observe our 125th anniversary milestone this week, cheers to 125 years more!

Thanks to Congressman Bob Latta's office for visiting Friday during our 125th Anniversary Luncheon and presenting this American flag which was flown over the US Capital Building. Posted 09/24/2018

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 First Federal Donates to Historical Society

 Historical Society Donation

Like a tranquil park, the museum campus & multiple restored buildings of the Van Wert County Historical Society tell the story of our community. Thank you to the trustees and volunteers for their stewardship of our community’s history, First Federal is proud to support your continued work!  Posted 8/10/2018

First Federal receives Superior 5-Star Rating

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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 81 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 125 years. Posted 7/11/2018

First Federal Donates to Airport Funding Campaign

Airport Funding

First Federal of Van Wert made one of the important early commitments to the $1.25 million funding campaign to improve the Van Wert Regional Airport. Shown presenting a pledge card for their $50,000 commitment are First Federal representatives Diana Cearns, Randy Myers, and Lisa Lawson, Airport Manager Steve Bailey, First Federal President Brian Renner, First Federal’s Adam Reis, and Andy Czajkowski of Statewide Ford and a co-chair of the campaign. Posted 7/11/2018

First Federal Hosts Camp Clay Day

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First Federal of Van Wert is hosting a day at Camp Clay Aqua Park and Splash Pad. We have 75 wristbands to give away for FREE access to the park on Tuesday, July 24th. Stop by First Federal and ask for Jessi to get your wristbands before they are gone. If you do not get a wristband, entry into the park will be $3 per person. See you July 24th! Posted 7/10/2018

First Federal Sponsors structure at Wassenberg Art Park

Check out this incredible shade structure by artist Dave Tonegatto and Touron Norton from Detroit, currently being installed at the Wassenberg Art Center! We are proud to sponsor this piece of the new Art Park and excited to watch as it transforms over time with live plants! Posted 7/10/2018

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Employee Retires from First Federal

Nancy ElstonNancy Elston, Receptionist has retired with over 27 years with First Federal. Nancy was congratulated and thanked for her outstanding service to First Federal on her last day! Posted 7/10/2018

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First Federal's Customer Appreciation Day


Thanks to all of our customers who stopped in & visited with us on Friday, June 22nd and enjoyed delicious Venedocia Lions Club sausage sandwiches for our Customer Appreciation Day! Posted 6/25/2018

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First Federal Employees Walk the Peony Parade

First Federal employees had a blast greeting parade watchers & treating hundreds of kids to candy at the Van Wert Peony Festival Grand Parade on Saturday, June 2nd to help celebrate First Federal's 125th year. Posted 6/4/2018

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First Federal Supports Relay for Life

Congratulations to the winners of our Relay for Life raffles! A special thank you to two local businesses for their contributions to the raffle items: Elmco Engineering of Ohio for donating a custom outdoor fire ring and R & G Sports for screen printing these lawn chairs! Elmco designed this fire ring - complete with handles & roasting stick rests – to help our employee Relay for Life fundraising team. The fire ring features the message, “Never Lose Hope,” cut from the perimeter using their oxygen assist plasma cutting table!

Congratulations to the Relay For Life of Van Wert County for hosting a memorable and impactful relay event at Fountain Park on May 11th. Memories were made and loved ones were honored as our community came together to support those battling cancer & raise funds to find the cure. Thank you to all of our customers & community members who donated to American Cancer Society through our employee team!

Combined with 2 gift baskets, cookie sales & private donations, The First Federal Team raised more than $6,000 for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life! Posted 5/16/2018

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First Federal celebrates 125th Anniversary

One twenty fifth Graphic 2First 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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