Giving back to the community

Dave Eckhardt (left) and Brent Ohlinger of First State Bank present Rochelle Area Community Foundation director Kim Montgomery with a $5,000 donation. The monetary donation will be applied toward the foundation’s new home as well as helping to fund grants in the community. (Photo by Lori Hammelman)

ROCHELLE — A donation made by a local bank to the Rochelle Area Community Foundation will help in more ways than one.

On Thursday, Brent Ohlinger and Dave Eckhardt with First State Bank presented a $5,000 check to Kim Montgomery, RACF Executive Director. The monetary donation will be applied towards the Foundation’s new home as well as helping to fund grants in the community.

The foundation recently moved into a dedicated office after 13 years. Since 2009, RACF operated inside Fehr Graham’s office in downtown Rochelle.

“The support of First State Bank giving this generous donation means so much to the foundation,” Montgomery said. “This will help us make a comfortable space for donors to visit us.” 

Montgomery added that the community has been very generous, including Charnock Flooring and Meyer Furniture who provided items at cost.

“We want to buy locally as much as possible,” Montgomery said.

Local impact

The Rochelle Area Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving the residents of the Rochelle Township High School District with donor services, grant making and community leadership. Their mission is to improve the community through charitable giving, encourage a spirit of philanthropy and improve the quality of life of the community. 

In 2018 the foundation’s local impact reached over 30 non-profit organizations, totaling about $60,000 in grants. The 2018 grant recipients include, but are not limited to:  CASA, Central School Library, Downtown Rochelle Association, Eswood Boosters, First Presbyterian Church of Rochelle, Flagg Township Museum, Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District, Flagg-Rochelle Public Library District, VFW Post 3878, Focus House, Girl Scouts of Northern IL, Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County, HOPE of Ogle County, Hub City Senior Center, Lee Ogle Transportation System, Lifescape Community Services, Northern Illinois Food Bank, Pegasus Special Riders, Rochelle Child Care Center, Rochelle Christian Food Pantry, Rochelle Community Action Network, Rochelle Elementary District Fine Arts Fair, Rochelle Elementary District HUB Project, Rochelle Middle School Music Program, Rochelle Township High School Counseling Center and Marching Band, Rochelle United Methodist Church, St. Paul Lutheran School, Village of Progress and Vince Carney Community Theater.


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