Happenings in the Community

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!

School Tools donations in Greenville, SC

Our Greenville, SC teams partnered with United Way of Greenville County and their School Tools Initiative to collect backpacks and school supplies for children in our community. Through the generosity of our team members, we were able to donate 141 filled backpacks and serve over 27 volunteer hours working with the United Way team.

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 familyin 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 dayworking alongside our team. Bridgette Reynolds, Assistant Vice President in Marietta, GA,said, “I was inside when thekidssaw the house for the first time. They were so excited aboutthe downstairs, but the excitement went to another level when they saw the upstairs.They were imaginingwhere 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 tosupport housing strategies and the path to affordable homeownership within our communities.

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.

Seaside bankers volunteer in "The Big Backpack Build"

We’re still in the middle of summer, but Seaside bankers down in Orlando, Florida are already thinking about back to school! This group, partnering with the Together for Good Council, donated to the “A Gift for Teaching” organization.
 
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!

Financial Literacy Workshop in Marietta, GA

Bridgette Reynolds, Senior Customer Service Representative in Marietta, GA, was recently a part of a Financial Literacy Workshop in her community, and she got some help from a friend! Bridgette, on behalf of the Together for Good Council, presented a donation to Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta. This program serves nearly 500 girls, ages 5-18, through in-school, after-school, and summer programs. Bridgette spoke to a group of young girls recently and explained her role as a Senior Customer Service Representative at United Community Bank. She gave details on specific checking accounts for students and youth and spoke about multiple financial literacy topics such as saving, mortgages, investing, and more!

Habitat for Humanity volunteering in Greenville

Teammates in Greenville, SC worked hard to help a neighbor’s dream of home ownership come true. Our bankers partnered with Habitat for Humanity for the day. The team worked alongside the future homeowner to help paint and install closet doors, and shelving. They even got in on some power tool action! Michelle Seaver, President of Greenville-Spartanburg said it was great fun, and her team can’t wait to do this again soon.

Junior Achievement in Orlando, FL

"Bright eyes and tons of questions!” That’s what our United Community Bank team was met with when they visited with the local Junior Achievement group in Orlando, FL recently. The bankers had the opportunity to teach various grade levels at Pinar Elementary about money, savings, taxes, business, and more! The kids were enthusiastic and eager to learn, and even sent our team thank you cards asking them to please come back again! It would be our pleasure to do just that.

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.

Financial Literacy Month

Financial Literacy Month is one of our very favorite celebrations at United Community Bank. We believe strongly in supporting our communities’ financial health. This year, we coordinated with our branches across the Southeast to invite our youngest banking members in to celebrate our brand new Treasure Chest Savings Account. This is a special account just for kids! The branches had stepstools for the little ones to be able to reach across the counter and see exactly what happens to their money once they put it into their new savings account! They also were given piggy banks, coloring books, and more! The money they’re saving will, hopefully one day come back to them tenfold, but for us, it’s the smiles that are worth their weight in gold!