Community Involvement

At First American Bank & Trust, we believe that having a heart for banking means celebrating the spirit of community-being an integral part of the places we live and work. That's why we're committed to supporting events and organizations that embrace kids, families and neighborhoods throughout the communities we serve. Check out some of the events we support. If you would like First American to get involved in your upcoming event, please contact us.


Relay For Life: We support the American Cancer Society and their efforts towards a world without cancer.  Each of our branches conduct different fundraisers to go towards each of the Relay For Life events in which we participate.  In 2015 we raised nearly $6,000 for Relay For Life in Clarke, Oconee, Rabun, and Barrow counties.


United Way of Northeast Georgia: First American participates annually in a campaign benefitting the United Way of Northeast Georgia.  In 2014 we raised over $17,000 during our campaign, and raised over $18,500 in our 2015 campaign.  We raise money for the United Way through a variety of unique fundraisers, including our annual cookout ("Grillin' Up For a Good Cause), Jeans Fridays, Gift Basket Drawings, a Penny War, and our inaugural "Charitable Chili Cook-Off."


Angel Tree Program:  We want to make sure there are plenty of smiles to go around during the Christmas season, which is why we take part each year in the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program.  We assist in the mission to help every child in need, in our surrounding areas, have presents to open on Christmas morning.


Classes for the Community:  Because we think that it is important for everyone to grasp the basics of banking, we partner with Action Ministries' "Athens Money Management Classes" throughout the year to the community to cover just this.  Dates and times will be released periodically through Action Ministries.  We also partner with Action Ministries to assist in their "VITA" (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program.


Done in a Day:  At our quarterly employee meetings, it is important for us to remember that we are surrounded by needs in our communities every day.  We have held collections for local non-profit organizations such as the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, Prevent Child Abuse Athens, Books For Keeps, and more.  These are just small ways that we can come together as a bank and help those in need in our communities.