Family Services, Forsyth County’s agency for helping the most vulnerable children and families improve their situations, received a generous boost from the BB&T Corporation, which selected the agency as a recipient of its 2016 Lighthouse Project.
“We are very grateful to BB&T and to their employees for donating a generous amount of labor and materials and for helping Family Services accomplish several much-needed projects that will enrich the personal care and support we are able to provide children and families whose circumstances have been threatened by violence and economic struggle,” said Bob Feikema, President and CEO of Family Services. “Their volunteer project is an example of how partnerships with local businesses can truly make a difference in our community.”
Now in its eighth year, the Lighthouse Project at BB&T is an all-hands-on-deck community service effort held throughout the banking corporation’s entire footprint.
“Teams of associates donate time away from work to partner with non-profit organizations that help people most in need of assistance,” explains Gail Peters, who led the Human System Division employees in its volunteer projects for Family Services.
According to BB&T Chairman and CEO Kelly King, “The concept is simple. We want every one of our associates physically working in their communities to make a tangible difference in people’s lives.”
In April, Peters’ volunteer team worked on landscaping and outdoor repairs at the agency’s main offices at 1200 South Broad Street. In addition to the physical labor, the project included three truckloads of mulch and several new plantings, which now enhance the overall curb appeal and the beauty of the Healing Gardens that surround the Gateway offices.
This week, the team turned their attention to the shelter for battered women. They applied new paint throughout the interior and updated the exterior landscaping and the children’s play area. Then, to help recognize 12 families and 18 youth who completed an educational series in the agency’s Strengthening Families program, BB&T volunteers brought dinner and donated filled backpacks for the teens and gift bags for parents who graduated on May 23.
“Family Services is a great asset to our community. Projects like these allow our team to be involved with an organization that provides support to many families and children. The projects have helped our team further its understanding of the organization and give back to a group that provides so much to so many,” said Peters.
“We understand the importance of having an organization like Family Services in our communities and anything we can do to assist them with their needs,” Peters added.