Purchase with a Purpose Check Presentations | Summer 2023

We recently ended our “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!

Focus House

Focus House is a youth residential facility operated by the Ogle County Probation Department. They provide 24-hour care services for troubled youth residing throughout Northern Illinois, including residential care, on-site schooling and education, counseling, health care, leisure/recreation activities, and post-discharge (aftercare) services. Through their commitment to children, their residents are given the opportunity to develop self-worth, responsibility, and respect — enabling them to successfully return to their families and communities.

Stillman Bank Human Resource Coordinator Sara Mitchell, Retail Office Manager Ryan Spradlin (left), Vice President Retail Banking Kathy Yocum and Universal Banker Jasmin Galvan (right) presented the $2,500 check to Foundation for Focus House President Russell Crull, Focus House Director Brenda Mason, and Foundation for Focus House Executive Director Jeni Hardin (center).

Helping Hands Pantry is a non-profit organization that has been serving the community since 2003. They feed approximately 350-400 families from the Loves Park/Machesney Park area each month, relying solely on volunteers.100% of the donations they receive go to the purchase of groceries to feed hungry families. Helping Hands follows a “client choice” method for their patrons, which means clients go through their pantry with a shopping cart choosing only items that can be used by their family. This prevents waste and puts more items in the hands of those who can use them.

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


Junior League of Rockford

Founded in 1930, the Junior League of Rockford is an organization of women whose mission is to advance women’s leadership for meaningful community impact through volunteer action, collaboration, and training. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Stillman Bank Marketing and Social Media Specialist Jennifer Kerch, Executive Vice President Ed Munguia, Senior Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer Don Banks, and President and CEO Tom Hughes (right) presented the $2,500 check to Junior League of Rockford Fund Development VP Danica Keeton and Junior League of Rockford President Leslie Luther (left)



KFACT Inc. (Keeping Families and Communities Together) is a grassroots nonprofit youth development and holistic mentoring organization established to alleviate opportunity gaps among girls living in the Rockford community. They specialize in providing an array of comprehensive services such as “holistic mentorship.” KFACT is the only girls holistic mentoring organization in our community and strives to ensure that girls are not continuing the cycle of poverty. Holistic mentoring is the only way to truly alleviate generational poverty and consequently trauma because it requires the entire life of the girl to be part of the plan for her success. KFACT’s unique approach has supported the program’s outcomes – 100% high school graduation rate, 98% of girls attend post-secondary education, and less than 2% of their girls become teen parents.

Stillman Bank Executive Vice President Ed Munguia, President and CEO Tom Hughes (left), and Senior Vice President and Commercial Loan Office Don Banks (right) presented the $2,500 check to KFACT Mentor Specialist and Past Mentee Tavi Alston, KFACT Mentor Specialist Fabbie Williams, KFACT Founder and Executive Director Shamika Williams, KFACT Program Administrative Assistant Ebony Allen, KFACT Mentor Specialist and Past Mentee Kia Brown, and KFACT Marketing and Administrative Director Shavonda Walker


Shining Star Children’s Advocacy Center

Since 2002, Shining Star Children’s Advocacy Center has been providing services for child abuse victims and their families whose mission is to transform victims of child abuse into survivors. Their vision is to reduce the trauma of child abuse through identification, offender accountability, advocacy, counseling, and education on the path to eliminating child abuse. They provide forensic interviewing, case management and follow-through, as well as coordinated services to child victims of sexual and physical abuse and their non-offending family members in Lee and Ogle Counties. Additionally, they seek to minimize the trauma experienced by child victims by providing a comfortable and child-friendly environment for the interview and investigations of child abuse crimes.

Stillman Bank Retail Banking Representative Jodi Peters (left) presents the $2,500 check to Shining Star Children’s Advocacy Center Executive Director Jessica Cash (right)


Tommy Corral Memorial Foundation

The Tommy Corral Memorial Foundation (TCMF), a non-profit organization was established by the family of Tomas (Tommy) Corral III, a 19-year-old who lost his battle with depression to suicide. Since the Foundation was established, TCMF has been working in the community to increase education on the factors that lead to suicide, actively developing resources, and providing financial support to help those struggling with mental illness and suicidal thoughts. Their mission is to enhance the mental health of individuals, their families, and their community through awareness, prevention, support, and education.

Stillman Bank Retail Office Manager Lindsey Stopa, Marketing and Social Media Specialist Jennifer Kerch, and Universal Banker Cristy McKenzie presented the $2,500 check to Tommy Corral Memorial Foundation Board of Directors Member Crystal Schuring (left) and Tommy Corral Memorial Foundation Executive Director Xavier Whitford