First Financial Bank received a Corporate Partnership Award from the National Community Action Partnership.
The Cincinnati, Ohio-based bank was one of two organizations to receive the award in 2023.
“First Financial Bank and our associates are thankful and honored to receive such a nationally prestigious recognition,” said Roddell McCullough, chief corporate responsibility officer for First Financial, in a press release. “This is a welcome reminder of our focus in recent years on being a positive influence to help our clients and communities thrive.”
McCullough accepted the award at the NCAP’s annual meeting Aug. 24 in Atlanta.
First Financial exceeded its goal outlined in its Community Benefits Agreement with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition for 2018-2022. More than $3 million benefited mortgage lending, small business lending, community development lending and investments, philanthropy and marketing. Associates volunteered more than 12,000 hours in 2022. The company offers eight hours of paid time off for full-time employees to use while volunteering. Its financial literacy program also reached 30,000 people in 2022, doubling its efforts of the previous year.
NCAP is a national nonprofit organization that provides technical assistance, training and other resources to the nation’s more than 1,000 local Community Action Agencies. These agencies improve communities and change people’s lives by promoting workable solutions that connect more families to opportunity.
First Financial Bank, which has roots going back to 1863, has locations in Crown Point, Hobart, Schererville, Gary, Hammond and Highland in Northwest Indiana.
Caption: The National Community Action Partnership's First Vice Chair Rick Baker bestows a Corporate Partnership Award to Roddell McCullough of First Financial Bank on Aug. 24 in Atlanta. (Provided by First Financial Bank)