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Local giving for local living

At Cornerstone Credit Union, we are committed to supporting programs and not-for-profit organizations that make a positive impact in the communities we serve. Our focus includes fostering partnerships with other community service organizations relating to health, hunger, home ownership, and financial education. Cornerstone strongly encourages educational achievement for local youth through our Founders’ Scholarship program. Learn more. 

Youth Month 2018 - "The Science of Saving"

Every April Cornerstone highlights our youth and how to teach our children good financial habits. Each of our three branches held a coloring contest and a guessing contest, with the grand prize of a bike for one lucky random winner. Eligibility was based on opening up new accounts and/or making deposits for youth up to 17 years old. Congratulations to all of the winners!

Sterling Winners:Sheila Del C Boites (coloring) with MSR, Laura Lemus & Elyiana Weatherby (guessing) with MSR Kathy Rodriguez

South Beloit Winners: Violet Jacobs (coloring) & Dylan Sooby (guessing)

Freeport Winners: Faith Kochsmier (coloring) & Vivian Bechtold (guessing, not pictured)

Bike & Helmet Winner: Maddox Hatfield, Freeport. (not pictured).

Money Smart Week awards winners of NEW Essay Contest

Cornerstone Credit Union was a proud sponsor of the NW IL Money Smart Committee Kid Essay contest. Students from 5th to 8th grade could write a 400-word essay that described the potentially devastating effects of a natural disaster on a family’s financial situation. This was Stephenson County's first contest. CCU awarded $250 to the 2nd place winner, Henry Engel.

Money Smart Week is a way to educate the general public about personal finance and this contest was created to get students interested in their finances at a young age.  

Congratulations to all three winners! Henry Engel, Le-Win seventh grader (pictured 4th and reading his speech above), won second place. Julie Smith, Cornerstone Credit Union Freeport Branch Manager (pictured 3rd above) presented CCU's $250 prize to Engel.

Money Smart Week sessions were held Saturday, April 21 through April 28. All events were FREE and open to the public. Thank you to all who attended CCU's sponsored events.

Cornerstone participates in “Today’s Dreamers, Tomorrow’s Leaders” Event

On March 28th, Cornerstone CU Marketing Director, Lorna Cote spoke to a class of young girls, grade levels 4 - 10, at the Stateline Boys and Girls Club South Beloit location. Lorna shared stories of her career path, including education, mentors, community involvement and choices she made along the way. The class was part of the “Today’s Dreamer’s, Tomorrow’s Leaders” Spring break program. Cornerstone is proud to partner with the Stateline Boys and Girls Club and to be a sponsor of the April 12th Gala event for young ladies.


78th Annual Membership Meeting

Cornerstone held its 78th Annual Membership Meeting on March 17, 2018. We were pleased to see so many in attendance. Congratulations to our door prize winners (pictured below) and thank you to our members, volunteers and staff for another great year!
Pictured above clockwise from top left: members listening to John Modica, Board Chair review the 2017 Annual Report; TV prize winner, Mary Alice Otterstein with Gail Clore, CCU President; John Modica gets in the St. Paddy's Day spirit and welcomes members; Gail with Bonnie Gennusa, Marvin Seymour, Penna Barker and Martin Duszynski Jr.

Family Promise of Greater Beloit Receives $1,000 Donation

Cornerstone Credit Union’s Community Relations Committee made a $1,000 donation to Family Promise of Greater Beloit. Family Promise helps homeless families build new lives. The donation will help provide children of these families with Christmas gifts from their wish lists this year. Visit www.familypromisebeloit.org/ for more information and click here for an article that contains more details.

Pictured are CCU employees Laura Bowers, Salvador Gomez, Lorna Cote and Skye Anderson with Family Promise Director, Jeff Hoyt and Board member, Jennifer Moran.

More Smiles for our Sterling area Children

Another great big thank you to our charitable members and CCU staff in the Sterling area! Our Sterling branch is hosting a Toys for Tots dropoff box this year and are happy to announce that the toys keep coming in. To put a smile on a child's face Christmas morning is part of the joy of the holiday season. Feel free to drop off your unwrapped, new toy or clothing and know it is very much appreciated by our families in need. 

Pictured: Johana Pedroza, Carolitza Mendoza, Mandy Zelle, Lupita Bonnell, Laura Lemus, Verenice Capilla and Kathy Rodriguez.

Thank you for your Salvation Army Angel Tree Donations!

Thanks to our generous members and CCU staff, many area children will receive toys and/or clothes under the tree this year. Making sure children don't have to go without is both a gift for the child and the giver. We appreciate your kindness and wish you a wonderful holiday season.

Pictured: Back row - Lisa Przytulski, Nikki Palas, Alix Kloepping, Julie Warren, Ashley Dietmeier, Lisa Miller; Front row - Tarrah Hawes, Jason Barklow, Julie Smith, Samantha Meyers and Katy Musser.

Thankful Thursdays leads to a Happy Thanksgiving for members

Throughout the year, the CCU team has the choice of donating $5/mo to a fund that allows our Community Relations team to help some members enjoy a Happier Thanksgiving. With the money raised this year, the team was able to assemble 25 bountiful baskets complete with a Thanksgiving meal and more. They purchase the food and materials, assemble the baskets, communicate with the members and deliver the baskets. 

Pictured above: Volunteers Kate & Tom Ramsay, along with some of the CCU Community Relations team, Ashley Dietmeier, Julie Warren, Alix Kloepping and Riley Austin.

Thanks to YOU! Cornerstone Credit Union's 1st WREX Freeport Food Drive was a huge success

Another Successful Community Shred Day

Protecting one's identity is so important and this event is one way Cornerstone CU can help you be a little safer.150+ vehicles brought 2700 pounds of sensitive personal information to shred for free on October 21 in Freeport. We encourage you to keep in mind all of the other ways you can prevent identity theft:

  • Only give out your social security number when required by law.
  • Do not click on links in emails unless you are certain they are safe.
  • Teach your children to protect personal information.
  • Visit identitytheft.gov for more info.
Right photo: Thank you to our CCU staff and volunteers: (standing from left) Gail Clore, Ashley Dietmeier with daughter Madisyn, Jason Barklow, Riley Austin, Nikki Palas' daughter, Graci, Kate Ramsay and Lorna Cote and (sitting) Tom Ramsay and Cindy Howarth. Left photo: Jason and Shred Beast driver, Ryan Wilds.

Reveling in Fiesta Day Festivities

Cornerstone Credit Union goes all out for this tradition in the Sterling/Rock Falls area. Celebrating Mexican Independence Day, this week-long event also honors the variety of rich and colorful cultural contributions that Hispanics brought to this region with music, food, art, dance and more. The Fiesta Day Parade is its 65th and brings out some extraordinary floats for the community to enjoy. We are proud to say that the CCU float once again took 3rd place, out of 97 floats this year. 


Celebrating South Beloit's Centennial

Cornerstone Credit Union was a proud corporate sponsor of the South Beloit Centennial Celebration, held Aug. 24 – 27, 2017. Cornerstone staff and board members participated in the Centennial parade down Blackhawk Blvd. Saturday morning. Following the parade, we handed out free SOBO Centennial commemorative tote bags (with a special CCU gift inside) to attendees of the Annual Firefighter’s Corn Boil in City Park. As South Beloit’s only credit union, CCU is excited to be part of this great community and congratulates South Beloit on its 100th Birthday!



CCU Supports United Way of NW IL


CCU is a corporate supporter of the United Way of Northwest Illinois. Cornerstone and its employees will contribute nearly $8,500 in 2017 to this organization, which improves the quality of life for many in our community. For more information, visit http://www.uwni.org/

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