First Financial Bank and First Financial Foundation awarded $6,000 grant to Boys & Girls Club of Seymour as part of a collaborative effort to help people and communities in the area prosper and develop .
First Financial’s 2022 Annual Grant Campaign includes 59 organizations in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois.
“First Financial and our associates are proud of our role as neighbors, leaders and supporters in the communities we serve,” said Roddell McCullough, director of corporate responsibility for First Financial Bank. “By teaming up with these awesome local organizations, we’re advancing our mission to positively impact our communities, and we’re excited for the lives that will be touched along the way.”
This year’s campaign grants are directed toward neighborhood development, workforce development and education and culture and the arts with a particular focus on low-income communities.
Total funding from all sources for this campaign is $494,000, making it the largest campaign in First Financial’s history.
First Financial has broadened the impact by adding funding from external sources to funding from the First Financial Foundation. External funding sources include CREA, a low-income housing tax credit organization, and the Ohio Capital Impact Corporation, which funds programs specifically for residents and neighborhoods in affordable housing areas.
Campaign grants have pushed First Financial’s total community giving to more than $18.3 million since 2018, far exceeding the $8.5 million goal originally set out in its Community Benefits Agreement. for 2018-2022.
As further evidence of its commitment to local communities, First Financial also earned the Federal Reserve’s highest overall rating for its performance under the Community Reinvestment Act last year, an assessment that took into account its position leadership in providing an excellent level of qualified giving and investment for community development.