Local bankers have been working hard at Girls Inc. as a way to give back to their community
Christina Groves’ daughter attends Girls Inc. of Washington County, and she loves it.
“Everyday, when I come pick her up, all of the girls are smiling, and they’re happy. This is like another home for the girls,” Christina Grove, Corporate Lighthouse Committee member, said.
So, when planning for what organization BB&T Bank would help through their Lighthouse Project, an initiative where the bank donates money and time to helping a local community organization, Grove knew she wanted to give back to them.
“Their slogan is to inspire the girls to be strong, smart and bold, and I think that that’s exactly what they do. I mean, it takes a community to raise our children, and the staff here in combination with the program, that’s what they’re doing,” Grove said.
The bank had about $2,000 that went towards building new wooden cabinets, repainting their crafts room and more.
“Our crafts room was a complete mess, so when they asked us if there were things that they could do, that was one of the first things that came to mind. We knew it would take a lot of time and some money especially to replace the cabinet doors,” Stacey Bishop, Volunteer Coordinator, said.
Volunteers said giving back is not only a core value for the company but also in their own hearts.
“There is more to life than the daily grind, and the Lighthouse Project gives us a different perspective, allows me personally to get out into the community, see some of the folks who that are in-need and be able to give back to the community,” James Malfregeot, Marketing President, Washington County, BB&T Bank, said.
“I really urge other members of the community to find another organization that really hits home for them. Reach out to them. Figure out what they can do to help impact the organization and impact the community,” Grove said.
The Lighthouse Project was first started in 2009.
The volunteers are not yet finished but hope to be done in the next two weeks.