First National Bank and Trust Collects Over 45,000 Pounds of Electronic Donations to Benefit Goodwill

First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) recently collected 45,080 pounds of unwanted electronics through three free electronic recycling events held at FNBT branches in Clinton, Wisconsin and Roscoe and Winnebago, Illinois.

Goodwill was on hand at each event to collect and help community members securely dispose of unwanted electronic equipment and devices such as computers, stereos, cell phones, printers, appliances, VCRs, and DVD players.

Goodwill Check Presentation

Pictured in photo (L to R): Geoff Rand (FNBT Rock County Market Manager), Renae Stevens (FNBT Winnebago Branch Manager), Ben Bernsten (President of Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois), David McCoy (President of FNBT), Gail Daer (FNBT Roscoe Branch Manager), Deb Griffith (FNBT Winnebago County Market Manager)


“Our partnership with Goodwill has been very beneficial for the community,” said Theresa Wendhausen, vice president, branding and communications manager for FNBT. “We are pleased with the amount of donations we received this year and appreciate our customer and community families for supporting the events.”

“We really value this partnership with First National Bank and Trust,” stated Ben Bernsten, president of Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois. “In hosting these free electronics donation drives, First National Bank and Trust provides a valuable service to community members and keeps unwanted electronics out of our overflowing landfills. These drives benefit Goodwill’s educational programs, job training and employment services that put people on the path to work and self-sufficiency.”

FNBT recently presented a check totaling $1,949.78 to Goodwill to help with the administration costs of running the donation drive. Goodwill plans to recycle every electronic item that was collected.  Proceeds from the drives go to support Goodwill programs to help people gain employment in communities throughout northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

About Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois

Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois is a community-based not-for-profit organization whose mission is to create opportunities for individuals with barriers to enhance their lives. Goodwill funds job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in its 12 retail stores located in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. In 2017, Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois served 13,582 people in the communities in which we reside. A three year CARF Accreditation was awarded to Goodwill for its employment programs in 2018 which is official recognition that the organization is guided by internationally recognized service standards and best practices.  Goodwill stores in northern Illinois (Rockford, Machesney Park, Freeport, Sterling, DeKalb, Ottawa, McHenry, Huntley, Crystal Lake and Algonquin) and Beloit, Wisconsin employ over 550 people. Visit their website at

About First National Bank and Trust

First National Bank and Trust Company is a family-focused, community bank headquartered in Beloit, Wisconsin. Chartered in 1882, First National Bank and Trust has grown to be a leading financial services institution offering products and services for consumers and businesses, as well as trust, retirement services, investment management, brokerage and insurance. We now serve nearly 30,000 households in 13 communities and 16 locations in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois with assets of approximately $1.2 billion. We treat our customers, employees, shareholders and communities like family, with a goal of helping all our families succeed. Providing Sound Advice and delivering an exceptional experience has positioned First National Bank and Trust as a Stateline leader in the industry. For additional information, visit

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