News & Events


December 27: It was a pleasure to end the year with a contribution to the Wrangell Medical Center Foundation to help support cancer care, health careers and scholarships.

December 23: In Wrangell, the Wrangell Burial Assistance program received $1,000 to aid their efforts to assist with the cost of burials or cremations of loved ones. 

December 23: We were able to provide the Ketchikan Wellness Coalition with $500 to help with their "Christmas Gifts for the Homeless" campaign. 

August 20: A $2,500 grant was provided to Ketchikan's Salvation Army for its monthly food distribution program.

June 23: Two Prince of Wales veterans' associations each received $2,500 in funding.

May 20: All of our branch lobbies re-opened after being closed as a precaution during outbreaks of COVID-19 in our branch communities.

March 23: We closed our Branch lobbies and service was limited to the drive-through windows only as the first reports of COVID-19 began to appear in Southeast Alaska. 

March 12: Our Prince of Wales Branch staff presented Craig Child Care Center with a $3,000 check to aid their services. 

March 9: Family Promise of Juneau received $5,000 in grant funds to help pay for comprehensive shelter services  for homeless children and their families.

March 4: $5,000 in grant funds was presented to the Sitka Economic Development Association  to aid in the development of a healthy and diverse economy.

February 21: A check for $3,000 was presented to the Juneau Pregnancy Resource Center to help pay for children's car seats

February 18: Our Sitka Branch presented a $5,000 grant to the Sitka Community Land Trust for affordable housing

January 31: A $5,000 grant was presented to the Juneau Community Foundation for its School Food Program that provides qualified students with free lunches and breakfasts. School Food Program


November 2: The Juneau Community Foundation received a $5,000 grant for its Youth Equity Project.

October 16: A grant for $5,000 was awarded to the Sitka Homeless Coalition to provide hot showers and laundry services to the homeless population there. 

October 2: First Bank hosted a collaborative gathering of organizations in Juneau serving youth in the community to share leadership ideas together.

August 20: Family Promise of Juneau accepted a $3,000 grant to aid their program that provides comprehensive homeless assistance.

July 26: The Sitka Sound Science Center received a $5,000 grant to aid student participation during the annual Sitka WhaleFest.

July 25: A check for $1,500 is presented to the Juneau American Legion Post #25 to help fund Juneau's annual Alaska National Guard Day Veterans Appreciation Dinner.

July 25: The First Bank Board of Directors announces the promotion of Rocky Elerding to Vice President, Mortgage Sales Manager.

June 19: Wrangell's Community Services Program receives $3,000 to fund monthly food boxes for low-income seniors.

June 18: The Sitka Legacy Foundation receives $5,000 to be used to supplement other funds that will be distributed this year to successful nonprofit grant recipients.

June 15: A check for $3,000 is presented to Alaska Legal Services Corp. to support their efforts to provide free civil legal aid for low-income residents in Southeast Alaska communities.

June 13: The Zach Gorton Youth Center receives a $5,000 grant for a workforce development program that hires youth to work on Juneau parks and trails.

May 31: Total contributions for our annual May Military Appreciation Month came to almost $14,000 this year. The funds will be distributed between 10 military support organizations in Southeast Alaska.

May 7: First Bank's Prince of Wales Branch celebrates its 45th anniversary!

March 25: The Petersburg Public Library receives a $3,000 grant to help fund its Summer Reading Program.

March 19: Four youngsters from the Wrangell Preschool Parent Committee accept a check for $2,000 to help purchase new educational classroom materials and playground equipment for Head Start students in that community.

March 1: The University of Alaska Southeast receives a $15,000 check to be split three ways between Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan campuses. The funding will be used for scholarships to help fill a void for some students who don't qualify for Federal Financial Aid, or other scholarship programs.

January 25: The Salvation Army in Wrangell receives a $5,000 check to help boost their food bank provisions.

January 24: A check for $5,000 is presented to the Southeast Alaska Food Bank in Juneau, part of an effort to fast-track donations in light of the federal government shutdown.

January 23: First Bank presents a $15,000 check to the Ketchikan Community Foundation -- the third in a series of four annual $15,000 contributions the bank has pledged to the Foundation between 2017 and 2020.

January 16: The Board of Directors of First Bank announces the promotion of Todd MacManus to President and CEO.


December 17: First Bank introduces Sarah Newhouse as the new Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager in Sitka.

December: The Wrangell Salvation Army expects to provide Christmas food baskets to more than 300 people this year, with help from a $5,000 First Bank Community Development grant.

Oct. 19: First Bank provides a $5,000 grant to the Juneau Housing First Collaborative to aid construction of 32 new units for Juneau's chronically homeless.

Oct. 1: First Bank is recognized as the # 1 Mortgage Loan Company in a "Reader's Choice" poll in the Juneau Empire. And in the same poll, Cathy Johnson, in our Mendenhall Branch, was named as the #1 Mortgage Loan Officer.

Sept. 21 -- Oct. 1: For three weeks in a row, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation named three of our loan officers as AHFC "Lender of the Week." Congratulations to Rocky Elerding, Sarah Griffin and Rocio Tejera!

August 19: Sitka Golf Tournament

August 17: Sitka Customer Appreciation Day

July 27: First Bank raises $18,000 for Petersburg Medical Center Foundation

July 23: Sarah Griffin, one of our Loan Originators in Ketchikan, named #1 lender in Southeast Alaska by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation.

July 21-22: Wrangell Golf Tournament

July 20: Wrangell Customer Appreciation Day

June 29: Ketchikan Customer Appreciation Day

June 20: First Bank provides a $3,000 Community Development Grant to Wrangell's Seventh Day Adventist Church to aid Wrangell's Senior Food Box program.

June 4: First Bank raises more than $9,400 for 10 military organizations in Southeast Alaska during May Military Appreciation month.

May 26: First Bank -- a Gold Level Sponsor for the Prince of Wales Island Marathon.

May 2: Petersburg Branch staff volunteer and help raise $4,500 for Mountain View Manor Food Service.

March 22: Wrangell Salvation Army receives $5,000 First Bank grant to help support its community food pantry.

March 1: Tyler Davis joins First Bank as Assistant Vice President, Loan Officer.

January 18: Joyce Cummings, Petersburg Branch Manager, recognized by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation as a "Lender of the Week."


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