Exterior of First Financial’s Parsons location in Columbus, OH
Exterior of First Financial’s Parsons location in Columbus, OH

First Financial Bank announces new financial center openings

Columbus, OH – Dec. 9, 2020 – First Financial Bank (Nasdaq: FFBC) is increasing access to banking resources in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods with the opening of a new banking center at 1865 Parsons Ave. in Columbus, and celebrating the opening with donations to Community Development for All People and LSS CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence.

“We are excited to strengthen our presence in Columbus with a new banking center that demonstrates our commitment to be woven into the communities we serve,” said Roddell McCullough, director of community development. “Community Development for All People and LSS CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence are doing amazing work for people’s health and well-being, so this is a great opportunity to support them as our good neighbors in the area.”

In 2018, First Financial committed to investing $1.7 billion over five years in local communities and is now more than three quarters of the way toward fulfilling that commitment.

Michele Cenci, vice president with LSS CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence, expressed thanks.

“This support from First Financial will go a long way for domestic violence victims and their children to have a safe haven and a place to go to receive healing and help in our community,” Cenci said.

With this new banking center alongside the Parsons Village community, First Financial has now opened five banking centers in low- to moderate-income communities across its footprint, more than halfway toward its Community Investment Plan goal of adding eight new locations. The Parsons Avenue location features an Interactive Teller Machine (ITM), which offers improved banking accessibility through extended hours and live interaction with Video Tellers. First Financial has located 14 of its 27 ITMs in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods.

We are excited to strengthen our presence in Columbus with a new banking center that demonstrates our commitment to be woven into the communities we serve. Community Development for All People and LSS CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence are doing amazing work for people’s health and well-being, so this is a great opportunity to support them as our good neighbors in the area.


Dayton, OH – Dec. 9, 2020 – First Financial Bank (Nasdaq: FFBC) is increasing access to banking resources in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods with the opening of a new banking center at 4801 N. Main St., and celebrating the opening with donations to Eastway Behavioral Healthcare and Wesley Dayton.

“We appreciate First Financial because it genuinely cares about its customers and truly seeks opportunities to support the communities in which it operates,” said Krystal Burke, vice president and corporate secretary for Eastway Behavioral Healthcare.

With the new banking center in North Dayton, First Financial has now opened five banking centers in low- to moderate-income communities across its footprint, more than halfway toward its Community Investment Plan goal of adding eight new locations. The new Dayton location features a drive-thru lane to access banking services without entering the building.


Cincinnati, OH – Dec. 9, 2020 – First Financial Bank (Nasdaq: FFBC) is increasing access to banking resources in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods with the opening of a new banking center at 926 E. McMillan St. in Walnut Hills, and celebrating the opening with donations to Mercy Neighborhood Ministries and the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation.

“We are so excited to have First Financial Bank as part of our Walnut Hills community,” said Aimee Shinkle, development director with Mercy Neighborhood Ministries. “First Financial Bank already collaborates with us on the financial literacy aspects of our workforce development programs, and now our students have a center in our neighborhood to utilize the tools they have learned.”

Exterior of First Financial’s Walnut Hills location in the Paramount Square building

With the new banking center in the Paramount Square Building in Walnut Hills, First Financial has now opened five banking centers in low- to moderate-income communities across its footprint, more than halfway toward its Community Investment Plan goal of adding eight new locations. The Walnut Hills location features a community room and wifi available for free public use. It also has an Interactive Teller Machine (ITM), which offers improved banking accessibility through extended hours and live interaction with Video Tellers. First Financial has located 14 of its 27 ITMs in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods.


Columbus, IN – Dec. 9, 2020 – First Financial Bank (Nasdaq: FFBC) is increasing access to banking resources in Columbus with the opening of a new banking center at 2737 Central Ave.

The Central Avenue location features a community room and wifi available for free public use. It also has an Interactive Teller Machine (ITM), which offers improved banking accessibility through extended hours and live interaction with Video Tellers. This banking center offers a drive-thru lane to access banking services without entering the building.

Additional support for the community from First Financial this year included a donation of over $50,000 from the First Financial Foundation to fund COVID-19 relief efforts by community organizations and nonprofits in Bartholomew County.

Additional initiatives by First Financial to support unbanked people in the community or underbanked clients include low service charge checking accounts and savings accounts in which organizations can match participants’ deposits to help them reach savings goals.

About First Financial Bancorp.

First Financial Bancorp. is a Cincinnati, Ohio based bank holding company. As of September 30, 2020, the Company had $15.9 billion in assets, $10.2 billion in loans, $11.6 billion in deposits and $2.2 billion in shareholders’ equity. The Company’s subsidiary, First Financial Bank, founded in 1863, provides banking and financial services products through its six lines of business: Commercial, Retail Banking, Investment Commercial Real Estate, Mortgage Banking, Commercial Finance and Wealth Management. These business units provide traditional banking services to business and retail clients. Wealth Management provides wealth planning, portfolio management, trust and estate, brokerage and retirement plan services and had approximately $2.8 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2020. The Company operated 143 full service banking centers as of September 30, 2020, primarily in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, while the Commercial Finance business lends into targeted industry verticals on a nationwide basis. Additional information about the Company, including its products, services and banking locations, is available at www.bankatfirst.com.


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