January 9, 2015
Ways to Work is a unique Community Development Financial Institution based in Milwaukee, WI. Through a network of loan offices across the country, Ways to Work provides financial education and short-term, low-interest loans to working families with challenging credit histories. Most clients use their loan to purchase a reliable pre-owned vehicle to enhance their ability to remain engaged in the workforce and better manage their lives. The program provides an alternative to predatory lending for people with a demonstrated commitment to achieving increased economic self-sufficiency and who are intent on pursuing a higher degree of success in mainstream financial markets. All agencies that operate the Ways to Work program are members of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, a national network of nearly 500 human-serving organizations.
September 9, 2014
Woodforest recently donated a Ford-F250 truck to Days of Caring, a division of Montgomery County United Way, which assists low income or disabled residents with minor home repair projects. The donation was made in memory of Robert Hall, one of the Bank’s long tenured employees.
Robert passed away approximately a year ago, well before anyone at Woodforest was ready to see him go. He was the Bank’s head courier, managing a fleet of vehicles and scheduled deliveries for the bank. As Robert conducted his daily responsibilities for Woodforest, he became somewhat of an institution throughout the Bank and the communities it serves. Robert possessed a giving heart, and through his daily travels, offered a kind word to everyone he met and was always ready to lend a helping hand, regardless of the situation. Robert possessed a true spirit of giving and is missed by everyone who knew him.
After his passing, Robert’s truck was seldom used by another courier or Bank employee. It just didn’t seem right, so rather than sell or retire Robert’s bank vehicle, it was only fitting that the truck continue to carry on Robert’s legacy. As it would not be the first time the truck would be used to help others, the F-250 was completely overhauled, shined up and given a new home. In September, 2014, Robert’s truck was donated to Days of Caring to assist with their daily needs, the type of assistance that Robert would have been so pleased to be a part of.
April 4, 2014
Coburn Place is a non-profit organization located in the heart of Indianapolis. This organization serves victims of domestic violence through a safe house and program that allows these individuals and families to become self-sufficient after leaving a violent situation. The staff at Coburn Place seeks to empower their clients through on-site transitional housing, supportive services, and advocacy for up to 24 months. The housing offers residents a safe environment to live as each of the former classrooms have been transitioned into one, two or three bedroom apartments with private kitchens and bathrooms. Also, offered on-site is an outdoor playground, picnic area and meditation garden for the residents.
Through the outreach of Branch Manager, Jacob Brown, Woodforest has partnered with Coburn Place to assist in meeting the needs of our community. On July 30, 2013, Woodforest sponsored two apartments with an investment grant of $5,000 to provide fresh paint, furniture, and other household items for incoming families. In addition, a team from our Indianapolis branch located at 4545 Lafayette Road, Indianapolis, IN serves the organization by assisting with the upkeep of apartments for new clients. Jacob consistently advocates for the Coburn Place, serves as an advisor to their Board, and on two of their committees.
Woodforest is excited to share the Community Partnership we have created and if you would like more information on the organization, please visit their website.
Woodforest National Bank provided a grant in the amount of $75,000 to Junior Achievement BizTown in Charlotte, NC. The grant will be used to benefit low-to moderate-income elementary schools within the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System where Woodforest operates branch locations. Woodforest National Bank branded the "BANK" storefront located in the Junior Achievement BizTown facility in Charlotte, NC. The Junior Achievement BizTown facility is the only one of its kind in North and South Carolina and is one of only 24 similar programs in the nation. The 9,000 square foot facility features 15 storefronts designed to reflect businesses in the community. Through daily lessons, hands-on activities, and active participation in this simulated community designed to support differentiated learning styles, students develop a strong understanding of the relationship between what they learn in school and their successful participation in a worldwide economy. Woodforest has had over 130 employee volunteers that have assisted with the Junior Achievement Biztown experience.
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