Community Involvement

As a local community bank, we are committed to supporting the communities we serve throughout Ogle, Winnebago, and Boone Counties. That is why you’ll see us getting involved and actively supporting a variety of area organizations, agencies, activities and events. We strive both as a bank and as individuals to do our part to help make our communities better places to live and work—and that benefits all of us!

At our core, we are a local bank sharing the narrative we have been promoting for 142 years: the importance of bringing the “community” to community banking.

Purchase with a Purpose Debit Card Campaign

In July 2023, we held our fourth “Purchase with a Purpose” Debit Card campaign in which a $1.00 donation was made to local charities with every Stillman Bank Debit Card transaction up to $15,000! We were excited to be able to present checks for $2,500 to 6 non-profit organizations throughout the Rock River Valley!

Pictured here is Stillman Bank Executive Vice President and COO David Mecklenburg & President and CEO Tom Hughes presented the $2,500 check to Helping Hands Pantry Community Outreach Facilitator Gloria Gregory and Executive Director Jerry Gibson

Stillman Bank Contributes $5,000 to Rock River Valley Blood Center Fund the Bus Campaign

With the current Rock River Valley Blood Center bloodmobile aging out, the RRVBC purchased a new state-of-the-art bus. We were honored to contribute $5,000 to their Fund the Bus Campaign!

Pictured here is Stillman Bank Executive Vice President and COO David Mecklenburg presenting our contribution check to the Rock River Valley Blood Center CEO Lisa Entrikin.

Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity Twenty-Three in '23 Sponsor

We are honored to partner with the Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity for their Twenty-three in ‘23” program! As 1 of the 23 sponsors of this program, we contributed $7,000 and have employees on site throughout the summer & fall to help with the building of the home.

Being a local bank, we love being able to collaborate with wonderful organizations like Habitat for Humanity! Together, we can help build hope, homes, and community.

Ogle County Habitat for Humanity Rochelle Lot

We were proud to contribute $2,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County in June 2023 to assist in purchasing a lot in Rochelle for their next home build.

Pictured here is Stillman Bank President & CEO Tom Hughes (second from left) and Stillman Bank Vice President Retail Banking Kathy Yocum (right) presenting our contribution check to Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County Executive Director Sheri Anspaugh (center), Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County Board President Gail Tuttle (second from right), and Mayor John Bearrows from the City of Rochelle (left).

Nearly 60,000 Pounds of Paper Recycled at Annual Shred Days

Stillman Bank is proud to sponsor annual shred days throughout Ogle and Winnebago County. Since the event's debut in 2012, nearly 60,000 pounds of paper have been recycled during our shred days.

Bank Employees Build Bikes For A Good Cause

Stillman Bank is honored to be involved in Build-A-Bike, an event run by Hamblock Ford Lincoln, in which local businesses, organizations, and individuals sponsor bikes to donate to kids in need throughout Boone County.

For more information on the Build-A-Bike event, visit buildabikebelvidere.com.

Doing Our Part To Support Local Students

With the help and generosity of our employees, customers, and community members we were able to donate 10 large totes and 3 bags full of various school supplies to Remedies Renewing Lives in 2023. These totes consisted of numerous school items including 41 backpacks, 90 folders, 119 notebooks, 693 pencils, 60 boxes of crayons, 135 glue sticks, and much more!

Remedies, the only domestic violence shelter in Winnebago and Boone counties, provides a variety of domestic violence program services to around 2,000 adult and child survivors of domestic violence, approximately 25% of which are children.

Pictured here is Stillman Bank Senior Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer Don Banks (right) presenting our school supply donation to Remedies Renewing Lives Vice President of Marketing and Fund Development Miranda Swanson (left).

Stillman Bank Graciously Donates to United Way

Stillman Bank is proud to be the second largest United Way contributor in Ogle County. In 2023, we donated a total of $16,281 to United Way. This monetary gift came from a variety of bank-wide initiatives including individual employee donations, Casual Days, and a corporate contribution. Over the past 20+ years, Stillman Bank and its employees have contributed over $450,000 to United Way.

In 2020, we were honored as a "Centennial Club" member, which symbolizes the founding of United Way of Rock River Valley 100+ years ago and recognizes organizations for making a big impact from collective contributions.

Rockford Symphony Orchestra Concert Sponsor

We were happy to sponsor of one of the 2022-2023 Rockford Symphony Orchestra concerts at the Coronado Performing Arts Center.

Over 14,000 Pounds of Food Collected For Families In Need

Each year, the bank holds a Christmas Food Drive to benefit area families. Over 14,000 pounds of food has been collected since 2008. Food is donated to local food pantries. Thank you to all who have contributed!

ByronFest Parade

Stillman Bank is proud to be a Festival level sponsor of ByronFest in Byron and participants of the parade. Check out our video from the 2023 ByronFest parade here: Stillman Bank | ByronFest Parade 2023

For more information on ByronFest, visit byronfest.org .

Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival

Stillman Bank is proud to be a Gold Level sponsor for the Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival in Rochelle.

For more information on the festival, visit lincolnhighwayhertiagefestival.org .

Stillman Valley Fall Festival Parade

Stillman Bank is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of the Stillman Valley Fall Festival.

For more information about SVFF, visit stillmanvalleyfallfestival.com.

Autumn on Parade Festival

Stillman Bank is proud to the Fun Zone Sponsor of the Autumn on Parade Festival in Oregon.

For more information on AOP, visit autumnonparade.org.

Stillman Bank Donates $9,500 for SVHS Soccer Scoreboard

In the spring of 2023, we were honored to donate $9,500 to Stillman Valley High School for the purchase of a new scoreboard for their soccer field!

Pictured here from left to right are Stillman Bank President & CEO Tom Hughes, Meridian CUSD #223 Athletic/Activities Director Heather Alderks, and Stillman Bank Executive Vice President & COO David Mecklenburg.

Stillman Bank Donates $10,000 for OHS Gymansium Scoreboard

In the spring of 2023, we were happy to donate $10,000 to Oregon High School for the purchase of new scoreboards for their gymnasium!

Pictured are: Stillman Bank Executive Vice President & COO David Mecklenburg, Oregon High School Athletic Director Mike Lawton, and Stillman Bank Senior Vice President Pat Donahue.