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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. 


Paying it Forward in Rockford

Members of the Rockford Chapter of Credit Unions hosted their annual Cash Mob/Random Act of Kindness event at By the Dozen Bakery in Machesney Park, celebrating International Credit Union Day on October 18th, and all the good things credit unions do in the community. They were live with WIFR’s Andy & Aaron from 6am – 7am that morning.
CCU Marketing Director, Lorna Cote, (2nd row left) is standing behind Aaron from WIFR.

Rockin' with the Seniors in Freeport

Julie Smith and Nikki Nolan hosted our vendor booth at the Senior Expo in Freeport, which was held at the Eagles Club from 8:30-noon, October 12, 2018. Julie and Nikki invited attendees to spin our CCU prize wheel while talking to them about our loan specials and CCU products, along with our upcoming Shred Day.  Approx. 400 seniors attended the event. CCU also provided a gift basket for the expo raffle.
Pictured left to right: Nikki Nolan, Financial Services Representative and Julie Smith, Branch Manager, Freeport IL. 

Taste of Fiesta a Huge Success!

Cornerstone Credit Union helped celebrate Mexican Independence Day during the Taste of Fiesta event on Saturday, September 22nd at Rock Falls IL Riverfront Park. Our Sterling and Milledgeville teams welcomed visitors to our booth to spin the wheel for prizes. There was also a Grand Prize drawing for an Echo Dot, along with special discounts for products and services.

Milledgeville Member Appreciation Open House

On August 18th, MCCU merged with CCU and we welcomed these new members to our credit union with an Open House. Each visitor received a CCU gift bag and raffle ticket for one of five door prizes. CCU also donated $250 each to the Milledgeville Library and the Milledgeville Food Pantry, along with non-perishable food donations from our members. Thank you for coming.

Marketing Director, Lorna Cote presenting a $250 check to Deb Bailey, President of Milledgeville Library Board.

Shooting for par in South Beloit

Cornerstone Credit Union is happy to help support the South Beloit community through two separate golf outings. CCU was a hole sponsor for the Stateline Chamber Golf Outing; South Beloit Branch Manager, Barbi Ortiz, greeted golfers and handed out gifts.For the Family Promise golf outing, CCU VP, David Hoffert and Marketing Director, Lorna Cote teamed up with Miguel Granados and Jamie Hogan to support this Family Promise fundraiser, which helps homeless families in the area. 

CCU volunteers provide assistance to those in need in South Beloit

As part of Cornerstone Credit Union’s commitment to local giving for local living, our Community Relations committee sponsored the Northern Illinois Food Truck in South Beloit in September. Several Cornerstone volunteers helped the folks from St. Vincent De Paul Society with the food distribution to approximately 80 local residents in need.

Pictured left to right in group photo bottom left: Front row: Kayla Arnold, Gail Clore, Barbara Ortiz. Back row: Salvador Gomez, Scott Arnold, Julie Warren, Tom Ramsay, Lorna Cote.

South Beloit staff greet Snappers fans at the Ballpark

Cornerstone’s South Beloit branch manager, Barbara Ortiz, and Member Service Representative, Amanda  Verde, visited with folks at the Beloit Snappers game on Monday evening, August 13th in Telfer Park.

National Night Out

National Night Out was held Tuesday, August 7th. As part of the Rockford Area Chapter of Credit Unions (RACCU), Lorna Cote, CCU Marketing Director, and other representatives of RACCU greeted visitors and handed out prizes to game participants. It is a night across the nation for local police departments to meet and connect with the area they serve to build relationships with families. 

Music on Chicago

As a sponsor of Freeport's Music on Chicago summer series, CCU staff volunteered the evening of July 6th to greet the crowd and contribute their bartending skills to thirsty spectators, while listening to some great music by Miles Nielsen.

Pictured clockwise: Scott Arnold, VP of Lending & Lorna Cote, Marketing DIrector; Scott, Nikki Palas, Financial Services Representative, Uncle Sam & Lorna; Nikki & Scott serving the thirsty; and Scott & Nikki taking a brief break. 

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.

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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