In the Community

Spotlight on El Barrio

The Centers is a nonprofit organization with a goal of creating life-changing solutions for people in Northeast Ohio to lead healthier and more successful lives, and the El Barrio workforce development programs and family services are an impactful part of the resources they offer.

Spotlight on LakewoodAlive

The deep connectivity between our team and LakewoodAlive undoubtedly stems from the unmistakable similarity between the heart of mutual banking and what LakewoodAlive describes as the heart of all they do — fostering and sustaining vibrant neighborhoods.

Spotlight on Habitat for Humanity

In 2023 First Federal Lakewood once again committed to support the organization with a two-year $60,000 sponsorship.

How We’re Making a Difference in Our Communities

Between volunteering at our local schools to helping at the local food pantry, our team is busy! Check out how we’re getting involved in 2024.

First Federal Lakewood Activity Book 2024

Learning about personal finance is important for tomorrow’s cosmic explorers! Join our team by helping my astronaut pals and I complete the 7 missions in this book.

Giving Back to Our Local Children, One Shoe at a Time

There’s no better feeling than giving to the children who need it most. Over the past five years our team has been a supporter of Shoes and Clothes for Kids.

How First Federal Lakewood Invests in Local Young Adults and Students for a Brighter Future

Our future relies on our children. That’s why investing in the young adults and students in our communities is a crucial and essential part of our bank’s mission. Teaming up with Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) helped us do exactly that.

Norma Herr Women’s Center Donations

Our Fairview Park and North Olmsted branches collected items to donate to they YWCA Greater Cleveland Norma Herr Women’s Center

We are proud to support local businesses

The PPP loan helped so many small, locally-owned businesses in our community get back on their feet. Check out how we were able to help.

Taking Financial Literacy to the Next Level – One Employee and One Customer at a Time

We understand that financial wellness is the key to success, which gives anyone access to learn the financial skills they need to buy their first home or help pay for their child’s education. That’s where our #GetWellwithFFL campaign and FFL University playlists come in.

Our Loan Officers can help you find your dream home too!

Love working with Caroline Purcell!

Getting Our Spirit On With School Spirit Debit Cards

From school alumni to community members, we all share a similar quality: we all love to show school spirit.

First-Time Homebuyer Seminar

on March 10, 2021 we hosted a virtual First-Time Homebuyer event featuring two of our very own loan officers, Julia Rutkowski and Doug Mathews

See what our Chief Community Development Officer says is her favorite part of her job!

My favorite part of my job is that I am able to create and foster relationships within the community.

A New Season at First Federal Lakewood: Refreshed for Change and Invested in Our Roots

Seasons change, and this year, it feels truer than ever. Our passion and energy have been focused on helping our community members and businesses navigate a crisis unlike any we’ve ever seen.

First Federal Lakewood Sponsors 2021 EVERFI Financial Literacy Bee

From setting budgets to saving, we are proud to be sponsors of the 2021 EVERFI Financial Literacy Bee and help high school students learn about financial literacy.

2020 Holiday Giving

The holiday season can be a difficult time for many people, especially in 2020. As a community bank, our goal is to help lift-up the areas we serve and last year was no different; here are a few instances of our teams and our customers giving back for the holidays.

2021 Activity Book

There’s something for kids of all ages in our 2021 Activity Book!

12 Days of Holiday Giving = 12 Days of Supporting Local Businesses

What better way to kick off the holiday season than with 12 days of excitement and some seriously amazing prizes?

Home Is Where Your Teammates Are. Home Is First Federal Lakewood.

Have you ever worked at a place where you just clicked with your colleagues and couldn’t wait to come back? Kyle Slovick, an intern-turned-employee, did!

A Community Outreach Moment with Tiffany Hill, Branch Manager

From handing out decorated Valentine’s Day cards to local nursing homes to participating in the Fairview Park parade, Tiffany Hill, branch manager at North Olmsted and Fairview Park, is always looking for ways to give back to our local communities.

Ask the Banker Webinar

The Ask A Banker Series features First Federal Lakewood experts answering questions and providing advice and information about a variety of financial topics.

We’ve had a wonderful relationship with First Federal Lakewood

Hear why Rosenberg Advertising has enjoyed about switching from a ‘big bank’ to First Federal Lakewood

Partnership Brings Financial Wellness Seminars to LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland

As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, we have enjoyed an ongoing relationship with the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Community Center of Greater Cleveland.

Learn more about why DeeDee loves to work for First Federal Lakewood

My absolute favorite thing is knowing that I work for an incredible company

Celebrating Mike Lamping, Columbus Market President and 2021 Volunteer of the Year

Mike Lamping, our Columbus market president and Dublin Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year Award recipient.

Coloring Book

There’s something for everyone in our 2020 Activity Book! With fun activities for any age, it’s also a great way to focus on financial literacy and start the conversation with your kids about developing positive short- and long-term financial habits and skills.

Honoring and Supporting Community Leaders at the 100 Black Men Ball & Awards Gala

The First Federal Lakewood team was ecstatic to receive an invite to the 100 Black Men Ball & Awards Gala, an event that celebrated and highlighted community leaders.

Mask Making for our Community

Our kind and compassionate team member, Sarah F., has been busy making masks to share with her community!

2022 Activity Book

What can provide fun AND education for your little ones? Our 2022 Activity Book! Celebrate Financial Literacy Month (and every month out of the year!) by getting the conversation started with your kids about developing healthy financial habits and skills.

Learn more about how our employees have enjoyed working together

The team’s willingness to work above and beyond the norm to push them through was pretty inspiring

First Federal Lakewood Invests in Young Professionals

First Federal Lakewood and our employees are consistently looking to serve our community as an essential part of our mission. One way we do that is by investing in the teens and young adults in our community.

See why Adam and Jenn are so grateful for the help of their Loan Officer

We highly recommend Nelson Custer for your home mortgage needs!

Financial Literacy Starts at an Early Age: A Community Outreach Moment with Chalana Williams

It’s never too late to start on a path of a healthy financial future. Chalana Williams, SVP, Chief Community Development Officer at First Federal Lakewood, saw an opportunity to educate students on banking careers and the importance of financial health.

Western Reserve Land Conservancy Partnership

What’s better than converting customers to eStatements and planting trees in the process?

Volunteering to Make a Difference in Kids Lives

There’s no better feeling than giving the gift of time to local students, and that’s exactly what the First Federal Lakewood team did!

What is a Mutual Bank

What does community mean to you? For us, it is at the center of everything we do.

Willson Elementary School

Back to school season is usually filled with new backpacks and fresh crayons, first-day outfits and the electric excitement of finding out who your teacher is.

Helping Students Start Thinking About Their Future Careers One Step at a Time

Figuring out a career path can be tricky – especially for students. There are so many different paths to take that it can get overwhelming. Where do you even start?

Virtual Financial Literacy Seminars for The NID Housing Counseling Agency

From budgeting basics to house-buying seminars, the NID Virtual Talks give people an opportunity to learn about topics in the comfort of their own home.

An Intern’s Perspective: Andrew M. and John S.

Andrew M. and John S. interned at First Federal Lakewood during the summer of 2022. Read on to learn what their experience was like.

Financial Literacy Classes at the Oriana House in Cleveland

There’s nothing more fulfilling than teaching – especially when it comes to financial literacy. When the Oriana House, a Cleveland-based community corrections and chemical dependency treatment agency, reached out to First Federal Lakewood, it was an opportunity that couldn’t be passed up.

Helping Students Prosper Through Financial Literacy Classes

In partnership with Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.), our team headed to John Marshall High School in Cleveland to host financial literacy classes for 11th and 12th graders.

Fostering Hope

Lauren Golick’s smile never left her face as she talked about the Fostering Hope donation drive, an effort that she describes as meaningful and impactful.

2022: A Year of Community Involvement

At First Federal Lakewood, 2022 was a busy time for community involvement, exciting events, and much more. From hosting financial literacy classes to sponsoring local events, we’re recapping all of our favorite memories from the last 12 months.

Our Community Outreach: 2023

Supporting our community is at the forefront of everything we do. From volunteering at schools to backing local businesses and organizations, our team is busy!

First Federal Lakewood’s Partnership with Youth Challenge

First Federal Lakewood has been supporting Youth Challenge since 2007, an organization that was founded on the principle of using adaptive sports as a channel for personal growth.

2023 Activity Book

There’s something for kids of all ages in our 2023 Activity Book.

Edna House Partnership with First Federal Lakewood

There’s no better feeling than helping someone in need.