Surprise Squad: Mother Helps Daughter
Junior Board of Directors 2023 Kick-off
The Junior Board program was created in 2005 and continues to be a successful initiative in 12 of our bank communities. The purpose of the program is to introduce outstanding high school upperclassmen to the local business community by providing them the opportunity to lead various community service projects while representing United.
9/11 National Day of Service 2023
Surprise Squad: Local Mom Making a Difference
Surprise Squad: Upstate Couple Starts Nonprofit to Help the Homeless
Financial Literacy Month
Financial Literacy Workshop in Marietta, GA
G-Force Robotics sponsored by United in Clayton, NC
The United team in Clayton, NC is proud to sponsor G-Force Robotics, Johnston County's first and North Carolina's largest all-girl robotics team.
Since forming in April, they have been hard at work prepping for upcoming robotics competitions. In addition to their STEM-focused programs and many hours spent in the shop, the team has also volunteered over 500 community service hours within Clayton and surrounding communities. The team is comprised of 12 young women in grades 9 through 12 from communities and schools across a tri-county area. The team seeks to encourage girls’ interest in STEM fields while also developing skills in business, marketing, and leadership.
Recently, the team presented their competition robot at the Clayton, NC Town Council Meeting and spoke to council members about their accomplishments and upcoming community service initiatives. We're so proud of all they've accomplished so far, and we can't wait to see what's to come!
Habitat for Humanity volunteering in Greenville
Habitat for Humanity volunteers in Wake County, NC
We've officially kicked off our partnership with Habitat for Humanity! Our first official build took place in Wake County, NC, on July 1. This new partnership will both support the cost of local builds and provide local United team members with the opportunity to volunteer on a build in their area. We believe it will impact our communities and help all of us connect to each other and our mission as bankers.
Supporting housing strategies and the path to affordable homeownership is a core pillar of the United Community Bank Foundation. This means investing in our communities and helping our customers reach their housing goals from a lending perspective. Partnering with Habitat for Humanity lets us go one step further and directly contribute to families' homeownership dreams in our communities.
Bankers Participate in Habitat for Humanity Build in Charleston, SC
The East Cooper Habitat Chapter’s Executive Director, Gabrielle Yarborough, expressed how the goal for this build is to have the families in their homes by May 31. This is the 79th and 60th home build for the chapter! The United team is looking forward to meeting the families and seeing how their hard work helps to place them into a home.
Junior Achievement in Orlando, FL
School Tools donations in Greenville, SC
Seaside bankers volunteer in "The Big Backpack Build"
The donation, along with their volunteer efforts, allowed Seaside to support “The Big Backpack Build” event. They filled 15,000 backpacks with school supplies that will be given to underprivileged students for the upcoming school year. The event took place at the Valencia West Campus in Orlando. While this group has donated to the organization before, it was the first time they got in on the hands-on action of stuffing the bookbags.
The bankers say it was great opportunity to give back to our community – and – “We had so much fun doing it!” Thanks to these teammates for their commitment to our communities!
Service Dog visits Nashville, TN
In response to the heartbreaking events at Covenant School in Nashville, TN, United partnered with Crisis Response Canines. Crisis Response Canines (CRC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that certifies, trains, and deploys certified Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and Animal Assisted Crisis Response (AACR) teams. CRC deploys carefully selected, highly trained teams to scenes following traumatic events.
United's Green Hills branch in Nashville sits less than a mile from the school, and many of our area employees knew or had connections to the victims. These dogs spent a week visiting the branch, local fire stations, prayer vigils, hospitals, and more. They were also able to be present at the funerals of the victims.
With gratitude, the United Foundation has donated to Crisis Response Canines to help them continue the amazing work they have done in Nashville--and across the country.
Surprise Squad: Atlanta, GA
Surprise Squad: Mother and Daughter Surprised in Nashville, TN
Surprise Squad: Pickens County Humane Society
Surprise Squad: United Banker Honored in Marietta, GA
Surprise Squad: United Honors Fifth Grader who Helped his Community
Surprise Squad: Western, NC
Toys for Tots Collection in Charlotte, NC
Corporal A. Zavala was designated to facilitate the collection at this branch. She explained how the program sent out over 600 boxes this season to be filled across the area. Each Marine coordinator is responsible for planning, organizing, and conducting the campaign in their community. “We touch every individual toy,” explained Corporal Zavala.
Once these toys are collected, they are then sent to local, central warehouses, such as a former school in Charlotte. From here, they are then sorted by age group to be given as needed. Toys for Tots partners with local social welfare agencies, church groups, and other community agencies to identify and deliver the donations to less fortunate children of the community. Local campaigns stretch across America, including in each of United’s footprint states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Financial Literacy Month & Treasure Chest Savings Account
United bankers honoring Veterans Day
In observance of Veterans Day, we are celebrating America's veterans through acts of kindness and service across our footprint. We're also proud to highlight some of the veterans on our team. They shared their thoughts on what serving our country meant to them and what we can do to honor the veterans in our country.
Our teams are finding unique ways to thank and support veterans in their communities including organizing collection drives for care packages to send to military personnel, assembling and distributing care boxes to military families, raising funds to supply a veteran with training to train their own service dog, and writing thank you cards. In addition to the acts of service, the United Community Bank Foundation will be making a total of $25,000 in donations to local organizations that support veterans.
United bankers volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in metro Atlanta
United Community Bank team members were out in full force on July 23 to help Habitat for Humanity build a new home for a deserving family in Metro Atlanta. More than 25 United volunteers gathered to take part in planting, laying sod, touching up paint, and much more!
The family who will be moving into the home spent the day working alongside our team. Bridgette Reynolds, Assistant Vice President in Marietta, GA, said, "I was inside when the kids saw the house for the first time. They were so excited about the downstairs, but the excitement went to another level when they saw the upstairs. They were imagining where they were going to place their furniture. It was priceless. I am so glad that we could bless this family, but I was the one who was truly blessed to be able to volunteer on this build!"
The partnership with Habitat for Humanity is part of United's mission to support housing strategies and the path to affordable homeownership within our communities.
United Charleston Team Builds Habitat Playhouses
Several members of our United team took part in this project, from construction and design to amazing freehand painting! (Nancy Aurora – Branch Manager, Mt Pleasant- Coleman Boulevard; Bhaumik Desai – Branch Manager, Charleston; Kara Johnson Nungesser – Mortgage Loan Officer, Mt. Pleasant; Tom Kutyla – Commercial Team Member, Charleston; Lea Pinckney – Regional Banking Manager, Charleston; Jon Presley – Commercial Relationship Manager, Summerville; Mikell Richards – Regional Mortgage Manager, Charleston; Faye Shepherd – Executive Assistant, Mt. Pleasant) “It is amazing to find out the talent that you have on your team when presented with a challenge!” said Faye Shepherd.
United Community Bank Partners with Urban League of Greater Atlanta
United Supports Boy's Ukraine Efforts
7-year-old John Panter has a spirit of caring beyond his years. When the Cartersville, GA boy saw what was happening in Ukraine on the news, he wanted to do something to help. The first thing he did was empty his own piggy bank and pull out everything he had: $4.28. Then, with the help of family and friends, he began making crafts to sell. He set out with an initial goal to raise $250.
Then, John's story started to spread. With the help of our CBS 46 Surprise Squad team, United donated $1,500 to John's mission, and when cameras showed up to surprise John, his family and friends were there cheering him on.
His family says John is now nearing $20,000 in funds raised to help the children and families in Ukraine. The money will be sent to the aid organization 'This Child Here,' and the money will help make a difference for families who will be able to purchase food, formula, diapers, hygiene products, and more.
United-Fox Carolina Surprise Squad Visits Shelter of Hope
Opened and operated by Sunshine and Tracy Gantt, the couple made history by opening the shelter. Their mission is to strengthen and support the community by providing emergency shelter, food, clothing, showers, and supportive services to people who are experiencing homelessness, while collaborating with local social services agencies to end homelessness. Shelter of Hope recently celebrated 3 years of operation. In recognition, they were nominated to be recipients of a donation from the Surprise Squad.
Mrs. Gantt shared her gratitude to United for acknowledging their work. "Thank you for what you do for the community. Being honest, open, and transparent, we are often overlooked for opportunities like this," she said.
United's 9/11 National Day of Service
Employees were encouraged to organize acts of service within their communities or participate in projects led by the Together for Good Council. In addition to the acts of service, the United Community Bank Foundation will make a total of $25,000 in donations to local organizations supporting first responders.