At Forreston State Bank Bank we contribute to the communities we serve through our time, talents and contributions. We are dedicated to community involvement and believe it's our responsibility to give back to the communities that trust us with their financial well-being. We believe that part of our role as a community bank is to better the community for years to come.
Our officers, employees and Board of Directors serve on boards for nonprofits and volunteer their personal time for a number of charitable organizations such as Baileyville Reformed Church, Church of the Brethren Lanark, Dakota Community Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church Polo, Forreston Legion Riders, Forreston Lions Club, Forreston Sons of the American Legion, Forreston Sports Boosters, Forrestville Valley Educational Foundation, Forrestville Valley School District, Freeport Boys & Girls Club, Freeport Greater Partnership, Freeport Community Foundation, Freeport MasterMind, Freeport Noon Kiwanis, Freeport Noon Rotary, Freeport Scottish Rite Tebala Shrine, Highland Community College Adult Education Dept., Highland, Community College Foundation, Illinois Bankers Association Agricultural Committee, Jo Daviess County Association for Home and Community Education, Lincoln-Douglas Kiwanis, Little Cubs Field, Monroe Moose, Northwest Illinois Volleyball Officials Association, Orangeville Masonic Lodge, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, RAMP, Rock City Fire Department, Senior Resource Center, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Paul Church of Epleyana, Stockton Chamber of Commerce, Stockton Club of WA TAN YE, Stockton Heritage Museum, United Way of NW Illinois, Village of Rock City, Warren United Methodist Church.
In the Classroom
Forreston State Bank employees volunteer each year as an effort to help young adults develop good financial management strategies. We were able to visit with students at Forrestville Valley High School and discuss finances from saving to borrowing. Skills discussed include the understanding of compounding interest, certificates of deposit, FDIC insurance, loan applications, credit scores, loan documents, annual percentage yields and rates. Forreston State Bank invests time in our local students hoping to help them make wise financial decisions for today and into their future.
Forreston State Bank has a partnership with EverFi, a new interactive financial literacy program for high school students. This program provides financial education lessons which students use to make key financial decisions throughout their life. The students receive a Certification in Financial Literacy upon successful completion. We have students enrolled at Forrestville Valley School District and at Aquin High School with no cost to the school.
Forrestville Valley School Scholarship
Each year Forreston State Bank gives a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating student who is pursuing a higher education. To receive this scholarship, the graduate has not only achieved success in the classroom but also in their community. Forreston State Bank started this gift in 2010 and has continued it every year since.
Highland Community College Foundation
Forreston State Bank has partnered with Highland Community College Foundation to offer an annual $2,000 scholarship for a student that is entering an Applied Science or Certificate program at Highland Community College.
In March 2018, the Bank pledged $15,000 over the next three years in support of the HCC Agriculture program. The funds will be used in support of the “college farm” test plot activities, or for general Ag program support each year as needed. This pledge represents the continuation of previous HCC Ag support by the Bank. Forreston State Bank president Jeff Snyder states, “Highland’s Agriculture program is developing the ag leaders of tomorrow, in several ag-related industries. Forreston State Bank is proud to get behind the College’s efforts in this area.