First Bank Provides Volunteer Support for House Rehab

On Wednesday, staff members of First Bank presented a $3,000 check to Community One to support the renovation of an abandoned home at 1710 South Bedford Avenue in Evansville.

Volunteers have been working to rehab the home since late June.  When completed, the home will be offered at an affordable purchase price to perspective homeowners.  The First Bank sponsorship supports the purchase of a complete set of new appliances including a stove/oven, refrigerator, garbage disposal, dishwasher, microwave, and clothes washer and dryCommunity One Restoring Community Togetherer.

In addition to financial support, volunteers from First Bank have worked directly on the rehab house project. First Bank also offers a Community One branded debit card for checking account customers that raises funds for Community One every time it is swiped.

“Community One is improving our neighborhoods while enhancing the lives of so many simply through the generosity of others. We are proud to support this wonderful organization,” said Al Fritschle, President and CEO of First Bank.

Eric Cummings, Executive Director of Community One, welcomes the support. “First Bank is a great partner in housing restoration in our community, providing both hands-on volunteers as well as financial support in cleaning up blight in our city.  This gift enables us to include a full appliance set along with the purchase of the home, making it even more affordable for potential homeowners.”

First Bank employees making a donation to Community One

From Left to Right: Dean Ackerman and Tracie Young of First Bank, Kristine Cordts and Eric Cummings of Community One.

Launched by Crossroads Christian Church in 2012, Community One is a Christian nonprofit Community Development Corporation (CDC) addressing housing restoration and community development needs in Evansville and Henderson, KY.  Their mission is Restoring Community Together.

To learn more about Community One or to join their efforts through volunteering, donating or sponsoring a home renovation project, visit their website at