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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. Since 1999, the employees of CCU have invested over $112,778 through The United Way Workplace Campaign, helping to fund  Partner Agencies and programming in Stephenson, Jo Daviess and Carroll counties. In addition to what we do corporately, CCU has a dedicated Community Relations Committee, CRC, made up of staff volunteers. Please see below (not inclusive) for a list of activities we proudly support. 

Salvation Army Angel Tree 2022

Thank you to our members and staff for helping to fulfill the wishes of local children during this Christmas season. Every tag on our Salvation Army Angel Tree was realized, allowing children in need to experience the joy of a gift on Christmas morning. Happy Holidays to all!

Pictured staff include from left to right, front row: Lisa Miller, Riley Willson, Kim Terviel, Julie Smith; back row:Karla Heinz, Cindy Howarth, Jim Coons, Tana Reed, Brittany Roach, Laura Cook. 

2022 WREX Food Drive a Huge Success

The rain did not dampen the awesome spirit of giving in Freeport last Friday, November 4th, for the 8th annual WREX FREEPORT FOOD DRIVE. We had another record year of donations, with a huge amount of food and toiletries collected along with over $3400 in monetary donations, including $1500 from Cornerstone Credit Union. The need is great in the Freeport community. Freeport Area Church Cooperative will distribute them to help as many as possible. THANK YOU to all who donated!


Taking Part in the Stateline area Job/Skills Fair

Cornerstone Credit Union was excited to participate in the Job/Skills Fair at the Stateline Boys & Girls Club (SBGC) on Maple Avenue in Beloit on Oct. 13th. Hosted by SBGC, local businesses offered information on careers with their companies to the over 100 high school students who attended from Beloit and South Beloit area schools. What a terrific way to help seniors learn about some of the options they have for jobs in the future.
Pictured are CCU HR Manager Julianne Johnson and S Beloit Branch Manager Melodie Cruz with students at our booth. If you’re interested in a career at the credit union, visit https://www.cornerstonecu.org/about/job-listings.aspx



Family Promise of Beloit Receives Donation as part of CU Kind Day

Cornerstone Credit Union’s Community Relations Committee became aware of a need at the new Family Promise of Greater Beloit facility on Bluff St. in Beloit; they were short beds for the number of guests needing shelter there. Cornerstone presented a check for $615 to Family Promise for the cost of several new institutional beds. This donation was CCU’s CU Kind Day effort #CUKind

October 10, 2022 is the fourth annual CU Kind Day, a time designated for local credit unions to give back to the communities they serve, showing how “people helping people” is at the heart of the credit union movement. The Illinois Credit Union League launched CU Kind Day in 2019 with the purpose of spreading kindness and generating awareness for the good work done by credit unions in their communities. Over the past three years, more than $225,000 has been donated to over 600 charitable organizations.

Pictured (left to right): CCU Marketing Director Lorna Cote, Family Promise of Greater Beloit Executive Director Tammie King-Johnson, and CCU South Beloit Branch Manager Melodie Cruz.

CU Kind Day was a Huge Success on October 10th! This graphic displays the impact that credit unions throughout IL made in our communities. Thank you to everyone who participated in spreading kindness and demonstrating the CU difference! Our post from 10.10.22 (above) shows our donation to Family Promise of Greater Beloit with a check for $615.

CU Kind 2022


Influential Women in Business Luncheon Sponsor

CCU S Beloit Branch Manager Melodie Cruz and CCU Marketing Director Lorna Cote had a great time at the Greater Beloit & Stateline Chambers’ Influential Women in Business Luncheon at the Eclipse Center in Beloit on Wed, Sept. 21. As a member of both chambers, Cornerstone was proud to be a sponsor of this wonderful annual event that celebrates women’s achievements. Keynote speaker Tracie A Burress gave an inspirational presentation about how to get “Connected to You”, and awards to local businesswomen were presented.

Influential Women in Business

               Lorna Mel Chamber Luncheon Lorna Mel Chamber Luncheon Photo 2


Free Community Shred Day at our Freeport Branch

Saturday 9/10 was a perfect day for our annual Community Shred Day in Freeport! Thanks to all who took advantage of this free service to help prevent identity theft. We appreciate our CCU volunteers: Riley, Melody, Jason & Jennifer (our traffic directors), Julie, Kayla, Karla, Juli, Lorna and Reed; and a big shout out to our friend Dennis Horton and the Better Business Bureau for co-sponsoring this event and volunteering as well!

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Juli Kayla Jason Traffic BBB Banner Shred Day 2022


Taste of Fiesta - A Great Celebration in Sterling-Rock Falls

What a wonderful day for a Fiesta! CCU Sterling branch staff had a good time greeting folks at the Taste of Fiesta event in Rock Falls Saturday, 9/10. Along with colorful dancers, delicious food and other exhibits, visitors enjoyed trying their luck at the Cactus Ring Toss and entering to win a gift certificate to La Laguna Restaurant, while learning all about the benefits of CCU membership. Thanks to all who stopped by our table. Pictured are our terrific CCU Sterling staff volunteers Melissa, Iridian (& daughter Aalyiah), and Alma.

Taste of Fiesta Sign

Iridian Melissa Alea at booth CCU booth table fiesta stage 2022


6th Annual Pars for Promise Golf Fundraiser

Our CCU foursome enjoyed a beautiful day of golf at the 6th annual Pars for Promise on Friday, Aug 26 at Beloit Club. A fundraiser for Family Promise of Greater Beloit, which provides housing for homeless families, CCU is proud to support this wonderful organization helping those in need in our community. Pictured (left to right) are: Scott Alwes, CCU Marketing Director Lorna Cote, Jamie Hogan, and CCU VP of Operations David Hoffert; Team CCU placed 2nd.


Annual S Beloit Firefighters Corn Boil Fundraiser

Look who volunteered at the annual S Beloit Firefighters Corn Boil on Saturday, Aug 27th at Viking Lanes, right down the road from our CCU S Beloit branch location! Our own CCU South Beloit Branch Manager Melodie Cruz and CCU HR Manager Julianne Johnson were serving up some good eats at this family fun community event. CCU is proud to be a sponsor of this local fundraiser.


Toni McCombie Golf Fundraiser

Representing the Illinois Credit Union League CUPAC, Cornerstone employees enjoyed a fun day of golf at the State Representative Tony McCombie Golf Fundraiser in Port Byron, IL today, Aug. 25. Pictured with Tony (center) is our fearless foursome, left to right: CCU Collections Manager Julie Smith; CCU President Gail Clore; CCU Member Services Manager Riley Willson and her husband CJ.


Rockton River Market Gift Certificate Winner

Congratulations to Anna Pipitone of Durand, winner of a $25 gift certificate from Prairie Hill Meats in South Beloit. Anna stopped by our sponsor table at the Rockton River Market on August 3rd. Thanks again to all who entered our drawing.

Anna Pipitone GC winner


Sponsoring the Rockton River Market

The rain gave way to a beautiful sunny evening at Settlers Park for the Rockton River Market, Wed., August 3, 2022. Proud to sponsor this wonderful community event, Cornerstone welcomed attendees at our sponsor table, as they enjoyed great music from Bree Morgan. Thanks to Tricia from the Village of Rockton for hosting us. Pictured are Mel Cruz, CCU S Beloit Branch Manager, and Lorna Cote, CCU Marketing Director. It was fun greeting other local vendors including our friends at the Dairy Haus! Be sure to visit this event every Wednesday evening through August 31st.
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    Rockton City Market Sign     Dairy Haus vendor


Rotary Ribfest Gift Certificate Winner

Congratulations to Tracy Patrick of S Beloit, winner of a Prairie Hill Meats gift certificate! Tracy visited our table and entered to Win at the Rotary Ribfest on July 23rd. She is also a CCU member. Thank you Tracy, and Enjoy! Pictured are Tracy (left) with CCU S Beloit branch manager Melodie Cruz.


Rockton-Roscoe Rotary Ribfest 

We had a great time as a sponsor of the Rotary Ribfest on Saturday, July 23 at Viking Lanes in South Beloit. Cornerstone S Beloit Branch Manager Melodie Cruz, along with her Rotary friends, greeted attendees at this fun community event, with local Fire Departments competing for the best ribs! Over $4,000 was raised by Rockton-Roscoe Rotary Club. Thanks to all who came out and said hello while enjoying some delicious food.
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Family Promise of Greater Beloit Ribbon Cutting

Tuesday evening, June 28, CCU S Beloit Branch manager Melodie Cruz and CCU Marketing Director Lorna Cote attended a ribbon cutting at Family Promise of Greater Beloit’s beautiful new facility on Bluff Street in South Beloit. Family Promise hosted an Open House, celebrating their 20th Anniversary year serving families facing homelessness in the Stateline area. We are proud to be a community partner with this wonderful organization and look forward to continuing our support.

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Pictured above:  Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce Ribbon cutting by Family Promise with Executive Director Tammie King-Johnson & Beth Gliebe, Family Promise board president and their support staff; (pictured left to right) Melodie Cruz, CCU S Beloit Branch Manager; Tammie-King Johnson, Family Promise Executive Director; and Amanda OKane, Family Promise Shelter Manager.

Stateline Boys & Girls Club Golf Outing Fundraiser

The rain didn't dampen the day of fun at the Stateline Boys & Girls Club Golf Outing Fundraiser at Beloit Club on Monday, June 6. Pictured is Team CCU (left to right): VP of Finance David Hoffert, Director of Marketing Lorna Cote and Miguel Granados. We are proud to continue our support of this great community partner providing terrific programs for our area youth.

Scholarhip Presentation to South Beloit HS Recipient

CCU Marketing Director Lorna Cote was honored to present a big check for $1250 to one of our 2022 Founders' Scholarship recipients, Savannah Weinberg, at the S Beloit High School Awards ceremony last night, May 17th. Congratulations again, Savannah! You and the other recipients are outstanding!

Congratulations to our 2022 Founders' Scholarship Recipients!

Cornerstone Credit Union proudly announces the recipients of its 2022 Founders’ Scholarships. Each deserving winner receives a $1,250 award as they embark on the next chapter of their educational journey. Pictured clockwise from upper left:

ADDISON GITZ - Freeport High School
Addison will attend the University of Wisconsin in Madison with the intent on getting her Bachelor's degree in Political Science.

SAVANNAH WEINBERG - South Beloit High School 
Savannah will attend Bradley University to obtain her degree in Psychology, specifically studying the effects of social media in the brains of young children.

CAILYN PIERCY - Fulton High School
Cailyn will attend the University of Iowa to obtain a Bachelor's degree in Nuclear Medicine. 

LINDSEY MELANCON - Freeport High School
Lindsey will attend Eastern Illinois University to obtain her Bachelor's degree in English Education.

CCU wishes each of you a bright and happy future.

Ugly Sweater Day 2021

Every third Friday of December (December 17), people all over the nation trade their casual garments for something more festive for National Ugly Sweater Day. Our Freeport & South Beloit branch staff joined in the fun! How about you? Whether you find a hidden gem to wear, or you make your own, one things for sure — this holiday will certainly have you laughing all day long!

CCU Employees Donate to Freeport Salvation Army Angel Tree

Continuing our tradition of giving, CCU generously filled the wishes of 90 area children through this wonderful cause. We're happy to contribute to help bring a smile to children who otherwise might not have a gift on Christmas day. And, Santa appreciates the help!

CCU Best of Sauk Valley Gold Medal Winner! 

Pictured are CCU Sterling/Milledgeville Branch Manager Melissa Rippy & CCU Marketing Director Lorna Cote at the Regional Media studios in Sterling, proudly displaying our Best of Sauk Valley award certificate and medal. Cornerstone is proud to have been voted the first place gold medal award of BEST CREDIT UNION in Sauk Valley! Thanks to all who voted for us; we have the Best members whom we are happy to serve every day. Be sure to stop by our Sterling branch and see our award! And don’t forget to listen to our monthly podcast, Rock Solid Advice, at www.saukvalleynow.com

7th Annual WREX Food Drive

Cornerstone Credit Union hosted the 7th annual WREX Freeport Food Drive on Friday, November 5 at our Freeport location. WREX personalities broadcasted throughout the day from the credit union, and the local community’s generosity was tremendous, as this year’s drive was the biggest yet.
THANK YOU to those who contributed to help those in need! Cornerstone topped off the event with a corporate donation of $1500, presented by VP of Operations David Hoffert and Member Services Manager Riley Willson to WREX anchor Brittany Hardaway live on the 6pm newscast. Over $3,000 total and well over 2 tons of food was received for the Freeport Area Food Cooperative. WREX recaps the event with this video

CU Kind Day--A Time for Community Outreach to YWCA

In celebration of the third annual CU Kind Day, Cornerstone Credit Union made a donation of $500 to the YWCA Northwestern Illinois. The YWCA serves nearly 12,000 families monthly through child care subsidies, legal and support assistance, economic development and racial justice through training.

By participating in CU Kind Day today, October 11th, CCU demonstrates how “people helping people” is at the heart of the credit union movement. Over the past two years, over 50,000 people have been positively impacted by charitable efforts of credit unions across Illinois as part of CU Kind Day. #cukind #ywcanwil #empoweringwomen #eliminatingracism

Pictured left to right: CCU RTS Manager & Community Relations Chair Riley Austin, CCU Marketing Director Lorna Cote, YWCA Northwestern Illinois Marketing & Fund Development Coordinator Jennifer Bowman, and YWCA Northwestern Chairwoman, Board of Directors Karen Brown.

South Beloit Branch Outreach to Area Business

On Saturday, Sept. 25, Cornerstone S Beloit branch manager Barbi Ortiz greeted employees at the annual Thompson Pipe family picnic at the company grounds in South Beloit.

Congratulations to Axiel Martinez

Congratulations Axiel Martinez, winner of our prize drawing at this year's Taste of Fiesta. Pictured with CCU Sterling/Milledgeville branch manager Melissa Rippy, Axiel won a brand new Ninja Blender. Muchas gracias to all who stopped by our booth at the event. We love our community!

Feelin' the Vibe at Taste of Fiesta 2021

Our Sterling branch staff including Melissa, Letty, Vere and Iridian had a great time at Taste of Fiesta on Saturday, Sept. 11 in Rock Falls. Kids and adults alike enjoyed playing the grand prize game at our sponsor table. Food, music, dancing and fun made for a wonderful event!

No fumbles here. Only touchdowns and goals as the official NFL season kicks off!

Enjoy the game, along with these CCU football fans!  Pictured clockwise from the left: Sterling Branch Manager Melissa Rippy, Lending VP Scott Arnold, HR Manager Julianne Johnson, Collection Support Specialist Karen Orsborn, Accounting Specialist Cindy Howarth, Accounting Director Cherie Duffy, Financial Services Reps Lisa Miller and Jason Barklow, Senior Loan Specialist Tana Reed, Compliance Director Amy Skow, Freeport Branch Manager Julie Smith and RTS Manager Riley Austin.

CCU Tees Up for Family Promise

Team Cornerstone scored well at the 5th Annual Pars for Promise golf fundraiser for Family Promise of Greater Beloit on August 27th. Pictured (from left) are awesome team members Jamie Hogan & Scott Alwes with CCU VP of Operations David Hoffert & CCU Marketing Director Lorna Cote. A great time for a great cause!

CCU donates to Stateline Boys and Girls Club

Mark Rand, Executive Director of the Stateline Boys & Girls Club, happily received our donation of CCU cooling towels for the SBGC Summer Carnival on August 26, held at the Beloit Club. Cornerstone is happy to help keep kids COOL at this great event for the local community. 

Mark Rand Sobo Boys and Girls Club

Hitting the Green for Tony McCombie

Representing our Illinois Credit Union League, employees from CCU played in the annual State Representative Tony McCombie Golf Outing in Port Byron August 26. Pictured left to right: David Hoffert, CCU VP of Operations; Tony McCombie; CCU Director of Finance Cherie Duffy; and CCU Freeport RTS Manager Riley Austin. Happy to support our local rep!

CCU Greets and Treats Golfers

CCU Freeport branch manager Julie Smith is greeting golfers on August 26 with some special treats at the Greater Freeport Partnership Golf Outing at Wolf Hollow Golf Course in Lena. CCU is proud to sponsor this annual event. Julie is happy to share our sponsor table with our friends at Wishful Acres.

CCU receives prestigious 2020 BBB Torch Award
for Marketplace Ethics

Dennis Horton, Regional Director of the Rockford Region of the Chicago Area Better Business Bureau, presented the prestigious 2020 BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics to Cornerstone President Gail Clore at the CCU Freeport location. This award recognizes superior practices and outstanding community involvement by local BBB accredited businesses. Cornerstone is proud and honored to receive this recognition as we continue over 80 years of focus on  excellence in member service and dedication to our communities in Northwest Illinois. 

CCU Sponsors Rotary Ribfest

Cornerstone was proud to sponsor the Rotary Ribfest held at Viking Lanes in South Beloit on Saturday, July 17. Five local fire departments competed for the Ultimate Rack of Ribs at this first time event. Visitors to the CCU table won a prize by answering the CCU Quick Quiz and entered to win a $25 gift certificate for Prairie Hill Meats. Congrats to our winner Bekah Smith!
Pictured left to right: South Beloit Branch Manager Barbi Ortiz, HR Manager Juli Johnson, Finance Director Cherie Duffy, SoBo MSR Faith Bailes & gift winner Bekah Smith.

CCU Donates to Stateline Boys and Girls Club

On behalf of Cornerstone’s Community Relations Committee, CCU Director of Finance Cherie Duffy presented a $500 donation check to Stateline Boys and Girls Club (SBGC) CEO Mark Rand, at our S. Beloit branch. The SBGC is a valued community partner making a difference in the Stateline area, providing programs to help local youth develop into confident, capable, responsible adults.

CCU and BBB host successful Shred Day

Thanks to all who came to our Community Shred Day last Saturday morning, June 5th, co-sponsored by our friends at the Better Business Bureau. We had a great turnout on a warm, sunny day. We love helping our members and community to prevent identity theft. 270 cars came through, and we shredded 3,800 lbs. of paper. Saturday totals shatter our previous record by over 100 cars and 1,000 lbs. of paper.
Thanks to our CCU employees who volunteered for the event (pictured in top left photo); Lorna Cote, Julianne Johnson, Riley Austin, Tana Reid, Melody Welch, Dennis Horton from BBB, Gail Clore, Jason Barklow and wife Jennifer, and Julie Smith.


CCU Donates to Freeport Salvation Army

Cornerstone Credit Union’s Community Relations Committee (CRC) is a group of CCU employees who seek out organizations in our service communities in need of support. The Freeport Salvation Army recently reached out with a long list of current needs for their clients.  The CRC elected to donate over 750 items, $400 worth, to the Freeport Salvation Army, including personal hygiene items such as deodorant and tooth brushes plus non-perishable food from peanut butter to pasta.


Pictured are CCU Financial Services Representative Jason Barklow and CCU RTS Manager Riley Austin (CRC members) with Jessica, Salvation Army’s supportive housing case manager.


Cornerstone Credit Union proudly announces the recipients of its 2021 Founders’ Scholarships. Each deserving winner received a $1,250 award as they embark on the next chapter of their educational journey.

AMY ZEIGLER - Sterling High School
Amy will be choosing a path of education with either Augustana College or the University of Illinois with the intent on getting a degree in Actuarial Sciences.

KIRSTEN FRAUTSCHY - Orangeville High School 
Kirsten plans to attend Highland Community College to obtain a degree in Psychology, transferring to complete her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree and become an Occupational Therapist.

REESE COON - Freeport High School
Reese plans on attending Elmhurst University with the goal to obtain a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. 

MATTHEW IFERT - Eastland High School
Matthew will be attending Highland Community College to obtain certification in their Welding & Fabrication program.
CCU wishes each of you a bright and happy future.

Sharing the Love on Valentine's Day

Riley Austin & Julie Smith, managers at CCU's Freeport branch, delivered a monetary donation to Craig Deininger, owner of Deininger's Flowers in downtown Freeport, to help spread some cheer to nursing home residents in Stephenson County. Deininger's is delivering flowers to 600 residents on Valentine's Day, with the help of local donors. What a wonderful way to share the love to seniors in our community. Thank you Deininger's. We love our Freeport community! 

CCU employees get in the Ugly Sweater mood!

Don't they look festive! Pictured left to right: FSR Jason Barklow, MSR Brenda Purple, Branch Manager Julie Smith, FSR Lisa Miller, MSR Brittany Roach, MSR Kimberly Moore, TRS Manager Riley Austin, MSR Tasha Rivera and Executive Secretary Lori Tielkemeier. 

CCU employees and family members donate to Freeport Salvation Army Angel Tree

Giving to local children in need through the Freeport Salvation Army’s Angel Tree has been a long-standing tradition at our Freeport branch. Due to our lobbies being closed because of COVID-19 this year,  we could not have the Angel Tree tags available to our generous members. Keeping with our tradition of giving, CCU staff and their family members generously filled the wishes of 50 children to fulfill all gift tags given to us. We’re proud to contribute to the wonderful work of the Salvation Army to provide a  happy Christmas for more local children this year.

Cornerstone participates in Freeport High School Career Fair

Julie Smith, CCU Freeport Branch Manager and Riley Austin, CCU RTS Manager, shared credit union career opportunities with FHS students during the virtual Career Day on December 2nd. Working with several teachers, the CCU managers engaged students in discussion about what a local credit union does and future job options they could consider at this educational event.

Cornerstone Credit Union donates $17,500 to Local Organizations through FHL Bank Targeted Impact Fund Grant Program

Cornerstone Credit Union (CCU) was the recipient of a $15,000 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) Targeted Impact Fund. CCU added $2,500 to the grant amount, for a $17,500 total donation fund. As a key focus of this program was providing housing sustainability for individuals and families hardest-hit by COVID-19, Cornerstone selected organizations serving those adversely affected in our service communities. Recipients, which include three organizations located in the 11-county area served by CCU, were presented with their donation check the last week of September 2020. Shown below:

$6,000 to Twin Cities PADS Homeless Shelter in Sterling – pictured are Miles Newberry, PADS Executive Director with Melissa Rippy, CCU Sterling & Milledgeville Branch Manager.

$5,000 to Freeport Salvation Army Pathway of Hope Program – Pictured are Riley Austin, CCU RTS Manager, Julie Smith, CCU Freeport Branch Manager  with Tom and Lisa Thorson of Freeport Salvation Army.
$6,500 to Family Promise of Greater Beloit  - pictured are Lorna Cote, CCU Marketing Director; Devin Blay-Stahl, Family Promise of Greater Beloit Executive Director, and Barbi Ortiz, CCU S Beloit Branch Manager.

CCU Pays It Forward with WIFR at Union Dairy 

Lorna Cote, CCU Marketing Director, talks with WIFR Morning Show’s Aaron Wilson at Union Dairy in Freeport on August 12th
Below, our friend Aaron Wilson and the WIFR-TV23 Team, helped CCU Marketing Director Lorna Cote to Pay It Forward at Union Dairy in Freeport. Joined by Union Dairy General Manager Martiny McClellan & Nicole Haas from Greater Freeport Partnership, we had fun giving out free ice cream coupons & CCU scoops to local patrons.

Cornerstone Credit Union donates $21,000 to Community Organizations through FHLBank COVID-19 Relief Program

FREEPORT, IL Cornerstone Credit Union (CCU) was a recipient of a $20,000 grant as part of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago’s (FHLB) COVID-19 Relief Program, designed to support its member institutions and the communities they serve in Illinois and Wisconsin directly impacted by the current pandemic. An additional $1,000 was donated through an employee fundraiser lead by the CCU Community Relations Committee. 
Gail Clore, Cornerstone Credit Union President/CEO, stated, “We are committed to supporting our members and communities, now more than ever. Through our partnership with FHLB, we were able to award monies to seven local organizations we selected based on three pillars: health, safety and family. We are grateful for this opportunity to give back.” Clore added, “Cornerstone is proud to join the long list of community partners that have donated their resources to those in need over recent months.” Recipients include six organizations located in the 11-county area served by Cornerstone, plus the Illinois Credit Union Foundation. 
The following are recipients of monetary donations in varying amounts totaling $21,000:

                    Voices of Stephenson County
                      Freeport Health Care Foundation
                      Freeport Arts Center
                      CGH Health Foundation
                      Sauk Valley Food Pantry
                      Beloit Health System Foundation, Inc./South Beloit Clinic
                      Illinois Credit Union Foundation
Clore noted how incredible it has been to watch how these communities have bonded and strengthened each other in the midst of crisis. Cornerstone is dedicated to their over 80-year commitment of local giving for local living

Congratulations CCU Door Prize Winner!

Congratulations Richard La Franka of Beloit! Richard entered to win at our Stateline Expo booth the weekend of March 7th and 8th. His name was drawn as our winner of a beautiful spring bouquet with gift certificates from Prairie Hill Meats & Mobil Gas in S Beloit.

Helping our local Salvation Army and Toys for Tots

Thank you to our charitable neighbors and CCU staff for helping provide joy and relief to our families
in need. Here are a few pictures of the toys received for Salvation Army's Angel Tree and food for their red barrels in Freeport and South Beloit, along with toys for Toys for Tots in Sterling. It's a nice feeling to know we've helped area children experience the magic of Christmas!


Milledgeville Gets in the Christmas Spirit!

Our Milledgeville branch staff is decking the “halls” on Main Street! Check out our Cornerstone tree as part of the town’s holiday decorations. Please keep in mind that our Milledgeville and Sterling locations are accepting donations for the local Marine Toys for Tots program. Thank you!

Our Community Relations Committee Continues to Give Back!

Continuing our spirit of local giving for local giving, the Cornerstone Credit Union Community Relations Committee (CRC) made a $500 donation to CGH Medical Center / PADS Homeless Shelter in Sterling, IL. Cornerstone’s Sterling Branch Manager Melissa Rippy presents the check to Joan from CGH / Miles from PADS (pictured below). And in Freeport, representatives from the Cornerstone Credit Union CRC delivered a donation check of over $500 to the Freeport Police Department to use for their Shop with a Cop program. The program has been in the area for over 30 years, providing an opportunity for local underprivileged kids to pair up with a police officer to purchase items of need first (shoes, clothing, etc.), then wanted items such as toys.

Pictured above from left to right are: Deputy Chief Travis Davis; Riley Austin and Ashley Dietmeier from Cornerstone’s CRC; and Chief Matt Summers.

Christmas is in the air!

All of our branches are decorated and ready for giving to local charities. Sterling and Milledgeville are accepting donations for Toys for Tots, and South Beloit and Freeport are accepting donations for the Salvation Army's Angel Tree (toys for children in need) and Food Barrels. We appreciate your generous contributions and wish you all a peaceful, safe holiday season!

CCU Gets Involved with Career Fair for our area Students

In an effort to recruit and retain area talent, the Greater Freeport Partnership and FSD145 brought area businesses together to expose students at Freeport High School to local career options. On November 26, 2019, CCU gladly took part to bring awareness to credit unions and the career opportunities that lie ahead for students, from teller to loan officer to accounting, IT, marketing and upper management. 

Pictured from left to right: Julie Smith, Freeport Branch Manager; Nikki Nolan, Financial Services Representative; Riley Austin, Call Center Representative; and Kayleigh Davis, Member Services Representative.

Paying it Forward in Roscoe

‚ÄčThe Rockford Area Chapter of Credit Unions hosted their 2nd Pay It Forward event at Louie's on Tap in Roscoe on Thursday evening, Nov 14. Patrons enjoyed $5 off their purchase. A great way to show the credit unions' support and outreach to our local communities. 


Another successful WREX Freeport Food Drive is complete!

Another successful WREX Freeport Food Drive is complete and your donations brought in the biggest contributions yet! We went well over the 2+ tons of food and supplies from last year, and more than $3,000 in monetary donations! The food pantries were very happy with the outpouring of generosity. A sincere thank you to everyone who donated and to WREX for once again selecting CCU as the host for their food drive.
Pictured below are some photos from the day: (from top left - two young boys doing their part; Lorna Cote being interviewed by Justin Ballard; CCU Community Relations Committee members, Riley Austin and Jason Barklow talking with WREX about the van they filled with donations; the CCU check presentation for $1000 with Gail Clore, James Stratton, Kristin Crowley & Julie Smith; what the table looked like at 7am (compare to the other photos); WREX's Andy, Mary Sudgen and Justin; and Dan Cohen & Justin.

Christmas in October

CCU staff & family members got in the Halloween spirit, or should we say, Christmas spirit for the Trick of Treat Trail in Krape Park this past Saturday! We hope everyone enjoyed the treats despite the rain. Thanks for stopping by! Pictured from left: Tana Reed and her son Zeb as Santa; Kayleigh Davis as Mrs Claus; Julie Smith and Samantha Meyer.


South Beloit Trunk & Treat a Huge Success

The CCU South Beloit team, Amanda Verde, Barbi Ortiz & Sal Gomez, sure got into the Halloween spirit during the Trunk & Treat event on October 24, 2019. More than 1,000 folks took part in this event and received a slap bracelet, crayons or other gift. Thank you for stopping by; it was great to see our community come out for some wholesome fun!

Congratulations to our International Credit Union Day
Basket Winner!

Rebecca Calberg and daughter, Arya, of Freeport IL are the lucky winners out of the many entrants we received. They won a lovely basket filled with a cozy blanket, hot cocoa with mugs and coasters and other items. Enjoy!

CU Kind Day 

CCU Branch managers Julie Smith, Barbi Ortiz and Melissa Rippy, along with HR manager Juli Johnson and Marketing Director Lorna Cote, delivered 8 fleece blankets plus a check for $200 and a thank card signed by all staff to Sister Oosie at Madonna Renewal Center. Located in Freeport, the MRC helps young women in crisis. Cornerstone employees crafted the fuzzy tied blankets as a CU Kind Day activity on October 14 as part of its staff education day. CU Kind Day is a statewide initiative to spread kindness, led by the IL Credit Union League. The idea is to generate awareness for the good work CUs do in their communities. A special THANK YOU to Joann Fabrics for their kind donation to this worthwhile project!

CCU Staff take part in IL Credit Union League CU Kind Day

During CCU's Annual Education Day, all staff came together to make 8 Fleece-Tie blankets for the Madonna Renewal Center. Please read above story for more details. Pictures from the eventful, worthwhile day are below.

Celebrating our 1st Anniversary in our new South Beloit Branch

The South Beloit staff had a great time with on air personality Eric Stone from WSJY 107.3FM Radio, during a live broadcast Monday afternoon! Thanks to those who stopped out to take advantage of our First Anniversary prizes. If you haven’t been to the branch at 640 Blackhawk Blvd. yet this week, be sure to  come in, enjoy refreshments, enter to win a $100 gift card from Prairie Hill Meats, and take advantage of other specials. Pictured left to right: Lorna Cote, CCU Marketing DIrector; Heather Thorne, CCU Member Service Representative; Eric Stone, WSJY; Amanda Verde, CCU Member Service Representative and Barbi Ortiz South Beloit Branch Manager. 

Pictured below: Amanda Verde and Salvador Gomez, Financial Service Representative and delicious apple cider doughnuts and fresh apple cider...YUM! Be sure to stop by this week.

Fiesta Days a Huge Hit Despite the Rain

Our Sterling & Milledgeville staff teamed up to greet friends and neighbors during the 2019 Fiesta Days in Sterling-Rock Falls on Saturday, September 21st. Folks visited our booth to Spin our Prize Wheel and enter our Grand Prize Kitchen Set. It rained pretty good at set-up and tear-down, but thanksfully the rain held off for a pleasant Fiesta Days event. Pictured left to right: Teresa Lopez, Verenice Capilla, Kayla Olson, Kathy Rodriguez, Melissa Rippy and Barbara Ainsworth.

An Exciting Chamber Event in Beloit WI

Pictured are Barbi Ortiz, Lorna Cote and Lisa Przytulski, CCU Staff from our S Beloit branch, who attended the Influential Women in Business Luncheon in Beloit, WI on September 18, hosted by the Greater Beloit and Stateline Chambers. It was a sold out event with more than 600 guests in attendance to hear Diane Hendricks’ keynote presentation, Dare to Dream. Hendricks ended her inspirational story with a surprise appearance by Lee Greenwood, who awed the crowd by singing God Bless the USA! On top of all that, our own Lorna Cote, Marketing Director, was honored by being nominated for the  Role Model Award, so congratulations to Lorna!

FREE Community Shred Day A Huge Success!

Cornerstone Credit Union held our annual Free Community Shred Day on Saturday, September 14 at the Freeport branch. We assisted 182 cars and shredded 3200 pounds of unwanted personal papers to help our members and friends prevent identity theft. A big Thank You to our awesome volunteers who made this outreach event possible (left to right, top photo): Sheila Wagner, Lori Rigotti, Jason Barklow, Riley Austin, Tom Ramsay, Julie Smith, Kate Ramsay, Gail Clore and Lorna Cote; plus Julianne Johnson pictured bottom left photo, 2nd from right.

Take me out to the Ballgame!

Employees from our South Beloit location greeted fans at the Beloit Snappers ballpark on Tuesday night, August 20th. Thanks to those who stopped by our sponsor table to spin the prize wheel. Pictured are: Salvador Gomez, Amanda Verde, and Heather Thorne.

RACCU at Rockford National Night Out

Had a great time at National Night Out at City Market with our friends from the Rockford area Credit Unions. Cornerstone’s Marketing Director Lorna Cote (second from right below) joined the group hosting a vendor booth at the event. Thanks to all who came by to play the grand prize game and learn about the credit union difference. A wonderful evening for our community!


Enjoying Good Times at Rockton River Market

Thanks to our friends at Village of Rockton for sharing their tent in the shade. Tricia and Jaylin do a great job hosting this weekly family Fun event! Also pictured is CCU Branch Manager Barbi Ortiz with Tricia and Jaylin, and again with CCU Marketing Director Lorna Cote. 

Paying it Forward with Ice Cream!

Had a great time this morning (June 11, 2019) at Union Dairy in Freeport with WIFR’s Aaron Wilson broadcasting live on the morning show! Cornerstone Credit Union is celebrating 80 years in Freeport by Paying it Forward! We are giving away 80 coupons good for one free single scoop at Union Dairy this summer season. Come by today and get yours, while they last! Thanks to Jodi Miller for being our host. Cornerstone and Union Dairy = 2 icons of Freeport!

Pictured: Brenda Thoren, Julie Smith, Aaron Wilson, Jodi Miller, Lorna Cote and Riley Austin.

CCU Supports South Beloit Food Truck

Cornerstone is proud to support organizations in our community who help those less fortunate. Volunteers from our South Beloit and Freeport location helped St. Vincent de Paul in South Beloit at their monthly food distribution. Cornerstone funded the food purchase from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Pictured are (from top left clockwise) Salvador Gomez, Amanda Verde, Lorna Cote, Riley Austin, Gail Clore, Barbi Ortiz, Alix Kloepping, Ashley Dietmeier and Juli Johnson.

Stateline Boys and Girls Club Golf Benefit

Supporting one of Cornerstone’s  favorite community partners, Stateline Boys and Girls Club, by participating in their annual golf outing in Beloit on June 3. What  a beautiful day and a great organization!

Congratulations 2019 CCU Founders' Scholarship Recipients

We are pleased to announce the six (6) recipients of our $1,000 scholarships. All of our winners demonstrated strong leadership skills and dedication to their education and community, with an impressive list of activities and achievements.We wish them all the very best as they embark on their college career. 

Cade Benson - Lena-Winslow High School, will attend Highland Community College, majoring in Agricultural Business.
Jasmine Bigelow - Freeport High School, will attend University of Illinois, majoring in Astronomy.
Justin Malone - Orangeville High School, will attend University of Illinois, majoring in Journalism & Political Science.
David Swegle - Newman Central Catholic High School, will attend Hillsdale College, majoring in Political Economy.
Zachary Weinberg - South Beloit High School, will attend Beloit College, majoring in Molecular & Integrative Biology.
Esther Xiang - Freeport High School, will attend Harvard University, majoring in Neurobiology, Psychology, Pre-Med.

We wish each of you a very bright future!

Derby Day Luncheon

Cornerstone S Beloit manager Barbi Ortiz with daughter Verania, along with marketing director Lorna Cote, sported their finest hats at the Stateline Chamber WOW Derby luncheon at North Pointe in Rockton today. Local women business owners shared their inspiring success stories and networking was enjoyed by all.


A Hoppin' Good Time at the Bunny Trail

CCU staff and family members helped to make a memorable time for hundreds of visitors to Krape Park in Freeport on a beautiful Saturday, April 20th. Samantha Meyer and her son Jaxson; Tana Reed and her son Zeb, AKA CU CA$H the bunny; and Julie Smith, handed out A LOT of candy and special offers. It was great to see such huge community participation--more than 600 kids and families! 

Greater Freeport Development Dinner

Cornerstone staff members Julianne Johnson and Lorna Cote attended the Greater Freeport Development Annual Dinner on April 4th at the beautiful Masonic Temple. They enjoyed good food and good conversation with other Freeport business people and learned about all the exciting things happening in the City.

Freeport Dinner in April 2019


Free Financial Education during Money Smart Week 

Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign to promote financial education across all age groups. Cornerstone Credit Union did its part March 30 by hosting a number of events, including the Big Read in South Beloit (see post below), Retirement Readiness focusing on Medicare & Social Security, Eating In vs Eating Out Savings, Coupon Clipping and Finding Unclaimed Property (April 6). 

South Beloit Kids Big Read a Big Success!

A group of captivated kids enjoyed South Beloit Mayor Ted Rehl read the story, "Count on Pablo", during Money Smart Kids Big Read event on Saturday, March 30th. Each kid also received a Free copy of the book. Thank you to Mayor Rehl and the So Beloit Public Library for their participation. 

Big Read Image 1
Big Read Image 2

Cornerstone Women Share Career Path during SBHC Dreamers Program

Lorna Cote, Marketing Director and Barbi Ortiz, South Beloit Branch Manager, (below, center) enjoyed visiting with the young ladies at the South Beloit Boys & Girls Club to teach them about all of the different careers that are available at the Cornerstone Credit Union. Thank you for having us!


79th Annual Meeting Wrap-up

Cornerstone Credit Union held its 79th Annual Meeting on March 16, 2019 at the Freeport Service Center. Those members in attendance received a special gift, plus four lucky members won prizes including a TV/DVD and one of 3 gift cards! Congratulations to our winners!

Elected to the 2019 Board of Directors are: Charles Beyer, Dr. Kenneth Eichholz Jr, Sarah Goeke, Carla Homan, Tony Honchar, Connie Kraft, John Modica, Wayne Radzi, Valerie Rothermel-Nelson and Dr. Dan Schoaf. Thank you to our volunteer directors for their generous donation of time and talent in service to the Credit Union and its members.

Grateful Recognition from CGH Health Foundation

Riley Austin, Alix Kloepping and Ashley Dietmeier, CCU employees who serve on the Community Relations Committee, attended the CGH Health Foundation Annual Appeal Reception at CGH Hospital in Sterling on March 14. Cornerstone's Community Relations Committee was honored for giving over $1,000 to the Foundation over the years. The evening featured heartfelt testimonials and stories of all of the different programs CGH offers to the community.  Cornerstone will be added as a leaf on the Tree of Life wall in the main lobby at the CGH Hospital in Sterling.


Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner

Salvador Gomez, CCU Financial Services Representative, attended the 92nd Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner, March 12, at the Eclipse Center. Keynote Speaker Brandon Williams, former NFL player and current author/innovator, gave an inspirational speech on the Power of Purpose. Salvador also had the privilege of having his photo taken with Bucky Badger!



RoRo 2019 - A Not-to-Miss Event

Our South Beloit staff enjoyed meeting visitors to the RoRo Expo last weekend. Thanks to all who stopped by to spin the wheel and learn the exciting things CCU has to offer!

Pictured left to right: CCU staff, Amanda Verde, Amy Skow, Salvadore Gomez, Heather Thorne, Barbi Ortiz and Lorna Cote. 


And...the winner of the Gift Basket is Barbara Barrios from Loves Park IL. Congratulations and thanks  for stopping by our booth!

Taking Part in the Stateline Chamber Awards

Cornerstone's South Beloit  Branch Manager Barbi Ortiz and Marketing Director Lorna Cote attended the Stateline Chamber Awards Gala on February 7th. Congratulations to all the award nominees and this year's winners. Even with the snowy weather, a great time was had by all!

Thanks for supporting our Angels this Christmas!

Along with our generous members, CCU Community Relations Committee (CRC) and our dedicated, caring CCU elves, children in need will have a smile on their faces Christmas morning when they open their special gifts. Many thanks to all who contributed to fulfilling all of the wishes on the Salvation Army Angel Tree to help make the season a little brighter for these little angels.
Pictured left: CCU CRC members - Alix Kloepping, Riley Austin, Jason Barklow, Ashley DIetmeier, Lorna Cote. Pictured right: CCU Staff - Back Row: Brenda Purple, Sue Genandt, Jason Barklow, Amy Skow; Front Row: Nikki Nolan, Ashley Dietmeier, Julie Smith, Shellie Knox, Alix Kloepping. 

Helping to Ring the Bell for Salvation Army

Several CCU staff members were eager to ring the bell for Salvation Army donations on December 13th at Shopko in Freeport. We were in awe of how generous our community is and thank you! Sending you all warm wishes this holiday season!

Pictured from top left: Alix Kloepping, Melody Welch, Shellie Knox, Riley Austin, Denise Lamm & Jocelyn Lamm (middle), Ashley Dietmeier, Tana Reed, Brenda Thoren, Lorna Cote, Karen Orsborn and Nikki Nolan.

CCU's Community Relations Committee Continues to Spread Holiday Cheer!

To help bring cheer to area families, Cornerstone's employee-run Community Relations Committee (CRC) presented two South Beloit charities, Stateline Boys & Girls Club and  Family Promise of Greater Beloit, with monetary donations to be used toward holiday wish lists provided by the organizations.

Pictured: (at left) Meghan Moffett-Minter and Mark Rand of Stateline Boys & Girls Club with CRC member, Deisy Galvan and S Beloit Branch Manager, Barbi Ortiz: (at right) Jennifer Moran of Family Promise of Greater Beloit with Lorna Cote, CCU Director of Marketing and Daisy Galvan.

Paying it Forward at The District

The Rockford Area Chapter of Credit Unions celebrated their final Pay It Forward event 12/5/18 at The District in downtown Rockford. RACCU board members made sure patrons enjoyed $5 toward their lunch, courtesy of your local credit unions. The gift card drawing was also held at 1pm. Watch for announcement of winners on the Rockford Area Chapter of Credit Unions Facebook page. Thanks to all who came out and enjoyed lunch on us!


CCU's Community Relations Committee Spreads Thanks

As part of our People Helping People philosophy, CCU's Community Relations Committee (CRC) shared their "Thankful Thursdays" donations with local Salvation Army groups in Beloit, Sterling and Freeport, with each receiving a $100 check. "Thankful Thursdays" is an employee-based donation collected for “jeans days” throughout the year. This year, the Committee shared the donations with several local member families in need as well as the Salvation Army in our branch areas  who provide Thanksgiving meals to their local communities.
Pictured from left: CCU CRC member, Alix Kloepping with Christal Johnson of Sterling, Captain Jacob Tripp with So. Beloit Branch Manager, Barbi Ortiz, and Captains James & Lennea Brickson of Freeport, with CRC member, Riley Austin.

Thank you Stateline Neighbors!

Cornerstone was named 1st Runner Up in the Best Credit Union category of the 2018 Beloit Daily News Best of Stateline contest. Our members are always the Best!

Pictured: Cornerstone South Beloit location staff 

Thanks to YOU, another hugely successful WREX Food Drive

Cornerstone Credit Union hosted the 5th annual WREX Freeport Food Drive at their Freeport location on Friday, November 2nd, with WREX broadcasting live throughout day. In 2014, WREX became aware that some food pantries were at risk of closing their doors due to lack of food, so they held a food drive. Those Freeport pantries were able to keep their doors open because of the community's response and now it's an annual event. Our generous community steadily came in throughout the day, dropping off dozens of non-perishable food cans and boxes. The drive brought in more than last year, which was estimated at over two tons. Plus, monetary donations totaled over $3000, which included Cornerstone's corporate donation of $1,000. All of the donations were divided among eight Freeport food pantries.Thank you to everyone who donated to this worthy cause!
Pictured from top left: Meteorologist Justin Ballard interviewing Branch Manager Julie Smith; Anchor Nicole Stein interviewing Cornerstone's Community Relations Chair Riley Austin and Financial Services Representative Jason Barklow; food donations are growing by midday; Chief Meteorologist Alex Kirchner, Sports Director Derek Bayne and Anchor James Stratton nearing the end of the day as the donations continue to grow; VP of Lending Scott Arnold and VP of Operations David Hoffert present Cornerstone's $1,000 donation to Alex and James on the 5 o-clock news. 

Having fun at the Trick or Treat Trail in Krape Park, Freeport                                 

Cornerstone Credit Union joined in the Halloween festivities, Saturday, October 27th in Krape Park. From 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., kids and parents lined up for goodies, giveaways and a Youth Account Special, to help kids learn about the benefits of savings at a young age. We enjoyed being a part of this safe, fun way to enjoy Halloween!

Pictured from CCU Kitties: Nikki Nolan, Financial Services Representative; Julie Smith, Freeport Branch Manager; and Samantha Meyers, Member Service Representative.

Celebrating the Grand Opening of our New South Beloit location

Cornerstone Credit Union celebrated the grand opening of their new South Beloit location at 640 Blackhawk Boulevard with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Stateline and Greater Beloit Chambers on Tuesday, October 23rd. The nearly 50 attendees included partners from local businesses, credit unions, vendors and media.  Along with President Gail Clore, Cornerstone welcomed special guests Tom Kane, Illinois Credit Union League President, as well as Lori Duffy, City of Beloit Commissioner, who spoke on behalf of Mayor Ted Rehl, who was unable to attend. Along with the official cutting of the chamber ribbons in front of the beautiful new facility, the highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of three $500 donations to local organizations with which Cornerstone has partnered in the South Beloit community: Stateline Boys & Girls Club; Family Promise of Greater Beloit; and South Beloit High School. Prior to the ribbon cutting, Branch Manager Barbi Ortiz and Marketing Director Lorna Cote were also interviewed live by Aaron Wilson on WIFR-TV23’s The Blend about the excitement of opening the new branch and being part of the South Beloit community.



Having Fun at Trunk or Treat in Beloit

Barbi Ortiz (left), South Beloit CCU Branch Manager, and Daisy Galvan, Financial Services Representative, enjoyed handing out treats and a small gift to the many kids--at least 1,000--that stopped by. It was a spooktacular night of music, food and, of course, an array of wonderful costumes, October 18 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Happy Halloween!

Protecting your Privacy with Shred Day 2018

A steady lineup of automobiles confirms that folks are concerned with protecting their privacy and helping our environment, which is a great thing. Cornerstone Credit Union assisted 148 cars and took in 2,300 lbs. of paper shredded on Saturday, October 20th. Many thanks to the group of volunteers, both CCU staff and not, who withstood the heavy wind and chilly weather to make this a very successful day.

Pictured: Back Row: Emma (Scott Arnold's, VP Lending, daughter), Zach (Scott's son), Julie Smith (Freeport Branch Manager), Mari Heck (former CCU staff member), Kate & Tom Ramsay (Kate is a former CCU staff member, Joscelyn (Denise Lamm's, Call Center Representative, daughter) and Riley Austin (Call Center Representative). Front Row: Gail Clore (CCU President) and Denise.

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.

Sterling Team
Lining up for the wheel
Sterling Team with Dancer

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. 

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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