Stories of Service: SunTrust

Congratulations to SunTrust of Richmond — winner of the 2017 Virginia Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Award for Outstanding Corporation! Among SunTrust’s corporate commitments is “employee volunteerism that helps to build and strengthen communities.” This commitment and culture of caring is evident among Richmond-based SunTrust employees where more than 800 SunTrust teammates have volunteered for a host of organizations contributing nearly 38,000 hours of service! Volunteers focus on three key areas: financial education, support for the military and veterans, and continuing to help Virginia communities and residents recover from the 2008-2010 financial crisis. Nearly 3,000 volunteer hours were spent delivering financial literacy information to students through Junior Achievement where volunteers helped more than 6,000 K-12 students gain basic budgeting knowledge and foundational understanding for how local economies function. Supporting Virginia’s veterans, SunTrust volunteers have helped to fully renovate a donated property in Fredericksburg for a deserving wounded warrior and have volunteered at the Richmond Fisher House and the McGuire Veterans Trauma Center, Operation Homefront at Fort Lee. For more than two decades, SunTrust has encouraged volunteerism, giving each teammate a minimum of eight hours a year to serve their communities. With permission from managers, teammates are encouraged to dedicate even more hours to service. In fact, SunTrust Virginia had more than 100 teammates earn the Presidential Volunteer Service Award which recognizes individuals who give at least 100 hours to community service in a year! Their long-standing commitment to help improve the quality of life for Virginia communities is creating a lasting impact for the thousands of people taught, mentored, counseled, and supported by the SunTrust teammates who are passionate about serving their neighbors!

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