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FUN Bank Donates to Clarion County Coalition for Suicide Prevention in Memory of Coworker


Picture of donation check presentation

Press Release - January 2023

CLARION CO., Pa. (EYT) – First United National Bank recently made a generous donation to the Clarion County Coalition for Suicide Prevention (CCCSP) in honor of a late co-worker and all those who are affected by suicide.

Clarion FUN Bank Branch Manager, Tom Spence, presented a check in the amount of $2,900.90 to CCCSP chairperson Lexis Twentier and CCCSP Treasurer Julie Patrick on Friday, December 16.

“Receiving a donation of any amount is always appreciated, but we were absolutely blown away at the gracious donation from First United National Bank,” Twentier told exploreClarion.com. “They have truly been hit hard with the loss of an employee to suicide. During their Employee Appreciation Week, they raised the money through various activities and chose, as a whole, to donate the final amount to Clarion County Coalition for Suicide Prevention.”

Employee Appreciation Week is filled with themed clothing days, BINGO, gifts, and much more, including a Penny War competition between the bank’s six branches and three internal departments. All proceeds collected benefit a local charity or organization. This year, the bank chose CCCSP. The donated funds will go to CCCSP’s general fund.

“We plan to allocate this money to awareness items and more,” Twentier explained. “We hope to make more of a presence in schools and in the community in the upcoming year.”

If you or someone you know needs help, call the Clarion Crisis Support Number at 814-226-7223 or 1-800-292-3866 (24-Hour Line) or text #63288.

“We chose to give to the CCCSP because the last couple of years have been a struggle and have been really hard on some people mentally and physically,” said Leigh Black, Marketing Manager for FUN Bank. “The need for mental health help has risen sharply and the number of suicides are up. (Our co-worker’s passing) had a big impact on all of us. She was a wonderful person. We chose CCCSP in her honor.”

The FUN Bank makes it a point to give back to the communities that they serve in Clarion, Venango and surrounding counties. “We are dedicated to being a hometown bank,” Black noted. “We really believe in keeping everything local that we possibly can. All of our employees and board members live in the communities that we serve and we recognize the need to support organizations that support us. Giving back is part of how we show the local area our appreciation.”

For more information, visit the CCCSP website or fun-bank.com.

The First United National Bank, headquartered in Fryburg, PA, is a nationally chartered, FDIC-insured, independently owned community bank that operates full-service branches in Fryburg, Oil City, New Bethlehem, Franklin, Clarion and Cranberry.

(Pictured above, from left: CCCSP chairperson Lexis Twentier, CCCSP Treasurer Julie Patrick, and Clarion FUN Bank Branch Manager, Tom Spence. Photo by Dave Cyphert of ProPoint Media Photography.)





Hope Rembold Receives Promotion


Picture of Hope Rembold

Press Release - April 2022

First United National Bank – The FUN Bank – is pleased to announce the promotion of Hope Rembold to the position of Loan Officer.

Previously holding the position of Customer Service Representative at the The FUN Bank’s Franklin location, she will now continue those duties, along with her new lending duties, at FUN Bank’s Cranberry location. Hope recently earned her NMLS (National Mortgage Licensing System) status which enables her to originate mortgages, construction loans, and commercial loans in addition to auto and personal loans.

Hope began her career at the FUN Bank in August of 2016 and has an extensive knowledge of FUN Bank’s products and services. She is excited to meet new customers in the Cranberry branch and create new goals that will enable both personal and professional growth.

Hope holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of PA in Human Resources with a minor in Psychology and is currently working towards her masters in Business Administration Finance Specialization at Clarion University of PA as well.

Hope also serves on the board of directors for Franklin Little League and enjoys spending time with her three children playing football, basketball, and baseball. She and her family also spend time at the bike trail with their dog Buddy, canoeing at 2-Mile Run, and hunting. Hope loves spending time with her family and being part of a small-town community.




FUN Bank Donates to Kirtland Foundation


Branch Manager Michele presenting check to Foundation

Press Release - February 2022

January 2021 kicked off another year of the FUN Bank’s Dress Down & Donate campaign. During the month of January 2021, FUN Bank employees contributed a total of $310.00 to be able to dress down from their professional attire on Fridays. In addition to dressing down, they chose a charity or organization to donate the collected funds to. Some employees of The FUN Bank have received the help of several local charities and organizations when going through difficult times in their own lives so they truly understand the importance of giving back.

The organization they chose to receive the donations from January 2021 was the Kirtland Cancer Foundation.

The Kirtland Cancer Foundation is based out of Franklin in Venango County, PA. Founded in 2005 by the late Dr. Howard H. Kirtland III, a Board Certified Hematology Specialist in Venango County and his wife, the late Barbara G. Kirtland, the foundation “brought to fruition their dream to give back to the community by helping those individuals dealing with cancer. They realized there was a need to provide quick financial assistance to those undergoing cancer treatments.” according to the Foundation’s website.

The Foundation helps people in and around the Venango County area who need assistance to help alleviate the burden of financial obligations as they battle through cancer. Assistance can help with groceries, childcare, caregiving, counseling, rent, utilities, insurance, transportation, propane, partial funeral, auto repairs, medical supplies, and more. The Foundation understands that financial burden can cause stress and at times delay treatments due to the patient trying to manage the costs of treatments combined with the cost of daily living. The Foundation’s website states “The Kirtland Cancer Foundation seeks to provide charitable assistance through a quick approval process allowing the patient and their families to focus on their cancer treatment.”




FUN Bank Accepting Lasagna Love Donations


Press Release - February 2022

February is the month of love but for area volunteers of the Lasagna Love organization, love knows no particular day – it’s spread all through the year

Founder, Rhiannon Menn, formed Lasagna Love, a non-profit organization, in 2020 when she recognized herself and those around her were struggling and in need of support in many ways due to the pandemic. What began as an act of kindness by making and delivering lasagnas to those in her community who were going through a hard time financially, emotionally, socially, or in other ways, has now become an international mission of showing love and hope one lasagna at a time. With over 20,000 volunteers throughout the world and growing, Lasagna Love is making a much-needed positive impact

Local Lasagna Love volunteers serving Clarion, Venango, and Forest counties have teamed up with First United National Bank – The FUN Bank, to collect non-perishable items that will be used for making lasagnas. These lasagnas will be baked with love by local Lasagna Love “chefs” and then delivered to people and families in Clarion, Venango, and Forest counties who are in need of some love and support

The FUN Bank will be accepting non-perishable items in all of their 6 locations to help the volunteer “chefs” with their mission. You can donate at any of the FUN Bank’s locations in Fryburg, Oil City, New Bethlehem, Franklin, Clarion, and Cranberry from February 22nd through March 11th, 2022. Items that are needed are: Lasagna Noodles, Spaghetti Sauce, Crushed/Diced Tomatoes, Tomato Paste, Parmesan Cheese, Cake Mix, Brownie Mix, Disposable aluminum pans (9x13 or lasagna pans), and Aluminum Foil. If you would prefer to make a monetary donation, visit your local FUN Bank branch and one of our tellers will assist you with making a deposit into the local Lasagna Love’s account.




Oil City FUN Bank announces new Branch Manager


Laura Nelson, new manager

Press Release - January 2022

First United National Bank – The FUN Bank – is pleased to announce Laura Nelson has been named as the new branch manager at their Oil City branch, effective January 10, 2022. She replaces former branch manager, Bob Cross, who retired January 7, 2022.

Laura comes to The FUN Bank with over 12 years of banking experience, several of those being in a management position. She was most recently a manager for PNC Bank in Franklin, PA.

During her tenure at PNC Bank, Laura received the Circle of Excellence award in 2012 and 2020; and also won Achievement Awards for being a top performer in her position in 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2020.

At the FUN Bank, Laura will be responsible for managing office staff, assisting customers throughout the entire loan process, maintaining current client relations and building relationships with the local community and area businesses. She is also looking forward to becoming more involved with local organizations. “I am excited to begin building new bonds with coworkers and customers, and also serving and assisting customers face-to-face as part of a local bank,” Nelson said. “I feel those special roles are being overlooked by larger banks and should always be included in providing excellent customer service.”

Laura is originally from Oil City and currently lives in Franklin where she loves spending time with her family, camping and doing yard work.