Neighborhood care center receives donation

Local bank partners with neighborhood care center

February 5, 2020

The Mister Rogers quote, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping,” is a great reminder of a nonprofit organization in our community who does just that.

Each month, over 350 families visit the Neighborhood Care Center and nearly 150 ministry partners and volunteers assist with program needs. 

“For quite some time the lobby entrance and waiting area has been a space Neighborhood Care Center has wanted to update to better serve our guests,” said Cody Monkman, Neighborhood Care Center Director. 

Becoming aware of this need, First National Bank and Trust recently donated $5,000 to Neighborhood Care Center for a new entryway door and carpeting. The new remodel will now add 250 square feet to the facility to create more space and natural light for visiting families. The final installation is set to be complete by March 2020.

“We are so thankful to have a good neighbor like First National Bank who partners with us in our vision and mission to radically transform small town neighborhoods,” said Monkman.

With a mission to bring restoration to the broken, Neighborhood Care Center also offers crisis relief ministries, back pack programs, a clothing room, financial mentoring, counseling services and crockpot classes to name a few.

The Neighborhood Market is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00pm-3:00pm. Once a month families may receive a monthly care package that includes staple grains, frozen products and toiletries. Additionally, each week, families can choose various non-perishable products as well as fresh fruits, vegetables and breads. 

“We truly want to meet people where they are at,” continued Monkman. “Sometimes that means utilizing our mobile food pantry. We want to transform our neighborhoods, join others in their journey and help restore brokenness.”

To get involved or learn more visit: or call 217-935-3139.

Pictured: Josh Shofner, President of First National Bank and Trust with Cody Monkman, Neighborhood Care Center (NCC) Director and NCC ministry partners and volunteers.

About First National Bank and Trust Co: First National Bank & Trust Company is a community bank located in Clinton, Illinois. Dedicated to community prosperity, the bank was chartered in 1872 under the name DeWitt County National Bank. The name was changed First National Bank and Trust Company in 1974, and was acquired by TS Banking Group in 2017. With $186 million in assets, First National Bank is dedicated to community reinvestment and gives 10% of its net income back to the community. For more information visit