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BLOG-Life Lessons BPackNavigating the World of Consumer Loans for Young Adults

Young adults, consider this your mini-crash course in consumer loans and basic financial literacy. The world of consumer loans doesn't have to.....

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BLOG-Life Lessons JCraigAdulting After Graduation - Part 2

As a new graduate embarking on the next chapter in life, managing your money can be a daunting task. However, it's important to remember.....

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BLOG-Life Lessons TTunnell"Banking" on The American Dream

June is National Homeownership Month. National Homeownership Week began in 1995, which was the strategy of the administration under....

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BLOG-Life Lessons CHarrisCareers In Banking

The banking industry offers a wide variety of rewarding career opportunities, whether someone is looking to enter the workforce for the first time or to advance.....

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BLOG-Life Lessons TTunnell5 Things You Should Know Before Your Home Purchase

The market is hot, and you’re ready to buy. The first step is getting prequalified for your loan.....

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BLOG-Life Lessons KRodeghierThe Feeling is Mutual

Thrift, Savings and Loan, Mutual Savings Bank – these terms have been used over the years to identify the type of charter held by First Federal Savings Bank.....

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BLOG-Life Lessons LWhitneyCheck Fraud: What’s old is new again!

Like some of those 80’s fashion ‘fads’, some things should be left in the past. Unfortunately, it appears that good old-fashioned check fraud....

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BLOG-Life Lessons DWeberDoes My Teenager Need a Checking Account?

You might be wondering if it is a good idea to open a checking account for your teen. Maybe they have asked or maybe ....

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BLOG-Life Lessons KApplemanLife Insurance: For Anyone Who Loves

Do you love someone? If the answer is clear, then so is the answer to whether you need life insurance. Because the truth is, life insurance ....

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Community Involvement

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FFSB Employees Involved in the Community

Employees giving back to their communities is a powerful way to make a positive impact. Not only does it promote a sense of teamwork and camaraderie among employees, but it also helps build stronger communities. There are many ways in which employees can give back, such as volunteering their time, donating money or resources, or organizing fundraising events. By participating in these activities, employees can make a difference in the lives of others while also building their own personal and professional skills. Overall, employees giving back to their communities is a win-win situation for everyone involved. It strengthens communities, builds teamwork and camaraderie among employees, and benefits the companies that encourage and support these efforts.

Pictured above: Jamie Herzog, Carolyn Buckingham and Jamie Giberson from our Accounting Department, Tracy Bedeker, VP of Marketing and Matt Mooneyham, AVP of Commercial Loans.


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First Federal Savings and FHLB Chicago Award

We were proud to join FHLB Chicago to award $13,000 in Partnership Grant Program funds to Precision K9 Training of Ottawa, IL. “Our customers are pet dog owners seeking guidance and direction on what is best for their dog, so they can have a sound relationship. We will use the grant funds to support our employees with advanced training in our industry as well as making much-needed improvements to our facility,” said President Bob Burkhead. Precision K9 was one of 32 small businesses selected from over 160 applicants.


Labor of Love 2022
Labor of Love 2022

Every year FFSB participates in United Way’s Labor of Love event. Our employees volunteer their time by providing home improvements to local families living with disabilities, fighting illness or single parents and grandparents. The repairs can range from outdoor clean up and landscaping to drywall work and painting.

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FFSB host Ottawa YMCA Summer Camp Kids

On Thursday June 30th, First Federal Savings Bank in Ottawa hosted Ottawa YMCA summer camp kids for a fun-filled day of sidewalk chalk, financial bingo, and a tour of the bank! Thank you to all the First Federal and YMCA staff who helped make this day such a hit.

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Freezin' for a Reezin'

Freezin’ for a Reezin’ is an annual fundraising event hosted by WCMY for the Community Food Basket of Ottawa, which serves five zip codes in LaSalle County. Food pantry officials estimate that every $1 donated is equal to 1lb. of food, so every winter we look forward to raising funds and participating in the 500lb. challenge. With the help of our employees, First Federal Savings Bank has surpassed the 500lb. goal every year we participated.

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The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program

Each year, families struggle to enjoy Christmas the way others do, which is why we participate in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. The Angel Tree program helps make the holidays a little brighter for less fortunate families in our communities by providing them with gifts to put under their tree. Every child deserves to experience the joy of Christmas morning, so we’re more than happy to help in any way we can.

Chamber Event
Bartlett Chamber Challenge

First Federal Savings Bank is a member of multiple Chambers of Commerce in the communities we serve, including the Bartlett Area. This year, Emmett Higgin volunteered at Good Will® for the Chamber Challenge to help participants through a series of puzzles and advance to the next location. It's always exciting to see organizations host innovative events that bring people together, and we look forward to all the other community events in store!


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