Press Release

FNBT Collects Over 35,000 Pounds of Electronic Donations to Benefit Goodwill

Release date: 10/24/2018

Beloit, WI - First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) recently collected 35,176 pounds of unwanted electronics through three free electronic recycling events held at FNBT branches in Beloit and Clinton, Wisconsin and Rockton, Illinois.

2018-Electronic-Drive-check-presentationGoodwill 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.

“Our partnership with Goodwill has been very beneficial for the community, and the events are gaining in popularity,” said Theresa Wendhausen, vice president, branding and communications manager for FNBT. “We are pleased with the amount of donations we received this year and look forward to continuing our partnership in 2019.”

“We are so happy to have First National Bank and Trust as a partner and supporter of Goodwill,” stated Ben Bernsten, president of Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois. “By hosting their annual free electronics donation drive, not only is First National Bank and Trust helping community members get rid of their unwanted electronics and keep them out of area landfills, they are helping to provide individuals with the opportunity to experience the power and dignity of work through Goodwill’s employment programs.”

FNBT recently presented a check totaling $1,373.55 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-owned, community bank headquartered in Beloit, Wisconsin. Chartered in 1882, First National Bank and Trust Company now serves nearly 30,000 households in 13 communities and 16 locations in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois with assets of approximately $1.1 billion.  Commitment to full service banking, investments, asset management, exceptional service, and Sound Advice has positioned First National Bank and Trust Company as a Stateline leader in the industry. For additional information, visit