September 9, 2014
Christmas came early for Days of Caring Manager, Summer Darnell when Woodforest National Bank presented her with a Ford F-250 to help her in her day to day efforts in making life for Montgomery County residents a better place.
As the Days of Caring Manager, Summer works diligently to find skilled and passionate volunteers who can assist low income or disabled residents with minor home repair projects. These volunteer projects often improve the quality of life that a resident experiences and in some cases significantly impact the overall well being and future for the individual or family.
Whether Summer and her volunteers are building a wheelchair ramp, helping a senior who has aged in place maintain their property or building a new play ground for a local non profit, the supplies that each of her projects require have been transported with her personal family mini van for more than two years. During a recent presentation given to the MCUW Board of Directors, Summer lightheartedly asked for Board members to keep an eye out for anyone wanting to donate a truck. Two weeks later, Board of Directors member Kelly Holmes contacted Summer with some great news.
Holmes stated that one of their courier vehicles was up for retirement and Woodforest National Bank was interested in donating the truck to the Days of Caring program. Holmes further explained that the truck had been driven by their head courier, Robert Hall, who passed away last year. Holmes added that "Mr. Hall always made everyone feel important; he was known as one of the kindest men you could ever meet. Donating the truck to Days of Caring is fitting because Mr. Hall always offered his assistance when someone needed it. We couldn’t think of a better way to honor him than to make this donation.”
Summer raved, “I cannot begin to express my gratitude to Kelly and Woodforest National Bank. This blessing will allow me to maximize my time and serve more families in need. I have so many willing hands to help, but it is the logistics of delivery that often pose a challenge. This is absolutely amazing!!”
For more information about MCUW Days of Caring program, contact Summer Darnell at Summer@mcuw.org.
Press release provided by Jennifer Adams-Burkett of the Montgomery County United Way.
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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