Just imagine you are standing in front of Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Robert Harjavec and Lori Griener on the set of the TV hit series “Shark Tank” pitching your business in 30 seconds or less and maintaining your cool. Now imagine you are one of eight non-profits pitching your business in front of a group of engaged bankers, community leaders and informed citizens. Hopefully the latter is a little less stressful. This spring, Woodforest National Bank presented two nonprofit organizations with grants of $10,000 each to aid with specific goals and organizational needs following a “Shark Tank”-style competition. I was fortunate enough to attend one of the grant competitions in Raleigh and spoke with Matthew Clatworthy, vice president of Woodforest National Bank. Just imagine you are standing in front of Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Robert Harjavec and Lori Griener on the set of the TV hit series “Shark Tank” pitching your business in 30 seconds or less and maintaining your cool. Now imagine you are one of eight non-profits pitching your business in front of a group of engaged bankers, community leaders and informed citizens. Hopefully the latter is a little less stressful. This spring, Woodforest National Bank presented two nonprofit organizations with grants of $10,000 each to aid with specific goals and organizational needs following a “Shark Tank”-style competition. I was fortunate enough to attend one of the grant competitions in Raleigh and spoke with Matthew Clatworthy, vice president of Woodforest National Bank.
Source: Kathleen Donnelly, Carolina Banker
May 5, 2015
Woodforest is the “can-do” crew. When in doubt we can always turn to their friendly team for a helping hand! Our community partnership with Woodforest National Bank has resulted in a mutually beneficial relationship for our young families, the health of our agency, and for the development of Woodforest staff. We appreciate having Woodforest volunteers who work alongside staff in the followings ways; development and delivery of financial literacy program, board and committee involvement, ‘flash-mob’ volunteers with high-level customer service skills and great personalities.
In the past 15 months, Woodforest has generously offered 49 financial literacy classes, collectively contributing over 11,500 hours of volunteer service. Woodforest tailors curriculum and realistic shopping experiences for our young moms which help them to visualize themselves as the sole providers for their households. Not a week goes by without Woodforest volunteers modeling community responsibility on our campus. Mommy’s Place at Seton Home, sponsored by Woodforest, challenges our agency to rethink how we provide for our families – shifting to a model which encourages independent decision making.
Woodforest’s planning and extraordinary effort with Seton Home program staff has made it possible for Seton Home moms to earn leadership points which translate into buying power at Mommy’s Place. Since the Mommy’s Place Award Program started in December Seton Home moms have earned over 2,400 leadership “bucks” from doing extra housework, job shadowing, having perfect attendance/punctuality, and for going out of their way to befriend their peers. Woodforest has gone out of its way to make Mommy’s Place parallel the real-life struggle that we all have when it comes making the decision to either purchase material items or save our money. The program teaches consumer choices and helps our moms learn how to best manage limited resources. With the help of Woodforest volunteers, Seton Home moms are setting financial goals and making progress toward those goals.
In the San Antonio region, Woodforest has garnered 100% volunteer participation from all 19 bank locations with each local branch manager serving on a board or committee of a local nonprofit. We are fortunate to have local branch managers serving on special event and development committees as well as on our Board of Governors. Other agencies benefited by the bank include San Antonio Food Bank, Christian Hope Resource Center, and Guadalupe County United Way. Woodforest employees advocate for the success of our young families in 4 area counties: sporting volunteer shirts on Fridays, making special appeals which encourage local philanthropy, and never ceasing to surprise us! Seton Home proclaims, “Woodforest is an especially noteworthy organization in the San Antonio community!” They make an effort to consider how they can really be of help before they are even asked. They serve not only with resources and talent, but also with true heart.”
Article provided by Seton Home
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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