Community First Bank of Indiana Supports Local Hamilton County Teachers with Grants

August 15, 2022 – Community First Bank (CFB) has donated $5,500 to support teachers and their classrooms for the 2022-23 school year. Community First Bank will be partnering with the Westfield Education Foundation and the Noblesville Schools Education Foundation in Hamilton County to offer three teacher mini-grants. The bank also supports teachers in Marion and Howard Counties.

Robb Blume, President and CEO of Community First Bank, said, “We have continued to witness the way that teachers pivot and persevere through challenges to still give their very best to their students, and our team would like to honor and support the work of these educators. One of our core beliefs is that we must be actively involved in making our communities better places to live, and this partnership is a way that we get to continue to live that out.”

Local winners from the 2021-22 CFB-funded grants were Atieno Boyd and Heather Young’s “Your Future is Bright” grant (Miller Success Academy), Jennifer Sawa’s “Lunch Bunch Book Club” grant (Washington Woods Elementary School), and Erin McKinney’s “Getting Interactive“ grant (Westfield High School). Teacher grant applications for 2022-23 are now open to Westfield and Noblesville staff, and winners will be selected in the fall.

Through community partnerships, the Foundations can provide resources that will enrich and enhance teaching and learning in the local schools and promote lifelong learners. Community First Bank encourages other local businesses to join them in partnering to support teacher grant programs.

Image of donation check for teacher grants being presented to Westfield Education Foundation
Westfield Donation Presentation: (Left to Right) Bonnie Riley (CFB Executive Banker); Ashley Knott (Westfield Education Foundation); Janelle Campbell (CFB Residential Mortgage Sales Manager)
Image of donation check for teacher grants being presented to Noblesville Schools Education Foundation
Noblesville Donation Presentation: (Left to Right) Taylor Davis (CFB Assistant Branch Manager); Adriann Young (Noblesville Schools Education Foundation); Korbin Cruea (CFB Mortgage Loan Originator)

About the bank: Community First Bank (CFB) was chartered in 2003 in Kokomo, Indiana and is committed to keeping outstanding customer service, local decision-making, and relationship-building at its core. The locally owned and operated bank currently has branches in Indianapolis, Kokomo, Westfield, and Noblesville. CFB has been named as one of the Best Places to Work in Indiana for 8 consecutive years by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Additional information can be found at MEMBER FDIC, Equal Housing Lender