The Illinois Bankers Association (IBA) honored First Neighbor Bank, as well as two other community banks in Illinois, for their exceptional community service with 2020 Illinois Bank Community Service Awards. The awards were presented during the IBA’s virtual Annual Conference June 16. This is the 18th year for the Community Service awards, which honor Illinois financial institutions that demonstrate a high level of service in their communities. First Neighbor Bank has branches in five central Illinois counties — including Edgar County — and has a very community-minded staff and Board of Directors. When their community needs help, the bank steps up whether with manpower, funding or simply advice. The most recent project was the fundraising and construction of the Neal Center YMCA in Toledo — population 1,200 — and over $1 million was raised. This has had wide-reaching effect with 1,700-plus YMCA members from the surrounding communities.