First Financial receives NCAP award

Photo provided NCAP’s First Vice Chair, Rick Baker, with Roddell McCullough of First Financial Bank.

CINCINNATI – First Financial Bank has been selected by the National Community Action Partnership (NCAP) to receive the Corporate Partnership Award, recognizing the bank’s long-term commitment in supporting community action and working directly to impact economic growth and increase opportunities for children and families. Nationwide, First Financial is one of only two organizations receiving this award in 2023.

“First Financial Bank and our associates are thankful and honored to receive such a nationally prestigious recognition,” said Roddell McCullough, First Financial chief corporate responsibility officer. “This is a welcome reminder of our focus in recent years on being a positive influence to help our clients and communities thrive.”

First Financial Bank was nominated by the Northwest Indiana Community Action Agency. McCullough accepted the recognition at the NCAP’s annual meeting in Atlanta on Aug. 24.

First Financial achieved 183 percent of the goals outlined in its Community Benefits Agreement with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition for 2018-2022, totaling almost $3.2 billion in mortgage lending, small business lending, community development lending and investments, philanthropy and marketing. In 2022, First Financial Bank associates gave more than 12,000 volunteer hours and over $4.3 million in donations to organizations.

Donations of time are made possible because First Financial offers up to eight hours of paid time off for full-time associates to pursue volunteer activities during work hours. Additionally, community participation in the bank’s financial literacy programming reached over 30,000 people in 2022, nearly double that of the previous year.

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