As one of the few community banks in their region, Indiana First Bank finds it important to participate in the community. Initially organized as a Pennsylvania chartered mutual thrift, Indiana County Building and Loan Association was established in 1922. They have had a rich tradition of serving people of Indiana and Jefferson Counties and in recent years have expanded to Cambria and Somerset Counties. According to Tim Kronenwetter, Chief Executive Officer for Indiana First Bank, “The communities we serve are small communities and we feel it is important to serve not only the financial needs of our customers but also the basic life and cultural needs of the community at large. Participating with these organizations keeps our leadership and employees connected to our community.”
In 2012, Indiana First Bank teamed up with several local organizations to sponsor nine events. The bank sponsored YMCA of Indiana County’s Bowl for Kids event, Run for Kids event, and Good Friday breakfast. Indiana First Bank also contributed to United Way of Indiana County’s Annual Campaign, Indiana County Community Action Program, Inc., Community Action of Jefferson County, and helped to raise $43,000 for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign as the annual Red Kettle Kickoff event sponsor.
Captain John Brand from the Salvation Army of Indiana County said, “We are very thankful and appreciative that Indiana First Bank helps us every year to kick off our new fundraising season. They have underwritten the cost to host our Red Kettle Breakfast for the last several years. It’s great to work with Indiana First Bank. They are very generous and supportive, and we wouldn’t be able to host the breakfast in the same way without their help.”
Indiana First Bank encourages employees to become involved with community organizations. Kronenwetter explained, “Many employees feel very strongly about participating in bank sponsored community events to help raise money to support the organizations’ causes. Our employees have gone to school here, grown up here and now live here. It is important to be good neighbors.”
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