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.


United Way of Northeast Georgia: First American participates annually in a campaign benefitting the United Way of Northeast Georgia.  Our CEO, Rhodes McLanahan served as 2018's United Way Campaign Chair.  We raised $21,943.20 through our annual Community Cookout for a Cause, Jeans Fridays, Bake Sales, Change for Change and employee contributions.


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.


Santa For A Senior:  First American takes part in Athens Community Council on Aging's Santa for a Senior program.  ACCA identifies seniors in our community who will not recieve gifts, takes their requests, and helps to ensure they receive needed items for Christmas. 


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 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.