At Solutions 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, Dakota Community Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church Polo, Forreston Community Monthly Prayer Breakfast Committee, Forreston Legion Riders, Forreston Lions Club, Forreston Sons of the American Legion, 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, Freeport Scottish Rite Tebala Shrine, Graduate School of Banking, Greater Freeport Partnership, Highland Community College Adult Education Dept., Highland Community College Foundation, Illinois Bankers Association Agricultural Committee, Illinois Bankers Association Future Leaders Alliance, Illinois High School Association, Jo Daviess County Association for Home and Community Education, Little Cubs Field, Ogle County Farm Bureau, Monroe Moose, Orangeville Masonic Lodge, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, RAMP, Realtor Association of Northwest Illinois, 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, Tebala Shrine, United Way of NW Illinois, Village of Rock City, Warren United Methodist Church.
In the Classroom
Solutions Bank employees volunteer each year to help young people develop good financial management strategies. We regularly visit with students in Forrestville Valley School District and discuss finances from saving to borrowing. We recently provided a session on financial responsibility for CareerTec students from several local school districts. Solutions Bank invests time in our local students, hoping to help them make wise financial decisions for today and into their future.
Solutions Bank has a partnership with EverFi, an 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.
Solutions Bank Scholarship
Each year Solutions Bank provides three $1,000 scholarships to graduating students who are pursuing a higher education. To receive this scholarship, the graduate has not only achieved success in the classroom but also in their community. Solutions Bank started its scholarship program in 2010 in the Forrestville Valley School District, and expanded it in 2019 to include students from other high schools in FSB’s service area. Applications for the 2020-2021 scholarships are due on April 1, 2020. Application forms are available here, or in the guidance offices at your high school.
Highland Community College Foundation
Solutions 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 one of the following areas of study: Agriculture, Automotive Technology, Manufacturing Technology, or Mechatronics. Click here for an application form.
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. Solutions Bank president Jeff Snyder states, “Highland’s Agriculture program is developing the ag leaders of tomorrow, in several ag-related industries. Solutions Bank is proud to get behind the College’s efforts in this area.