Columbus/Central Ohio Region

Huntington has a long history in the capital city, Columbus, and we're committed to giving back to the community by focusing on affordable housing and financial literacy, and supporting the mission of a variety of non-profit organizations.

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Columbus/Central Ohio Region

Columbus is the headquarters of Huntington, and of our Central Ohio region. Huntington Bank has a long and distinguished history of supporting programs throughout Central Ohio that are designed to enrich the community and create an environment where our children can grow and thrive. The breadth and depth of these efforts range from multi-million dollar programs aimed at the revitalization of major parts of the city to the individual volunteer efforts of Huntington associates at all levels of the corporation. These programs are innovative and creative, and thanks to the partnership between Huntington and local governments and nonprofits, goals have been set and solutions found to area problems. Huntington provides support in a variety of areas including economic development, health care, housing, education and the arts.

Huntington Bank is proud to be in its 146th year as an essential partner in Central Ohio. The leadership and the colleagues at the bank take this role seriously. Several of Huntington’s major efforts were brought full circle in 2011. These programs underscored the innovation that is a hallmark of Huntington’s efforts to support Central Ohio programs and nonprofits for the long-term.

We believe in doing the right thing.

Pelotonia

Huntington is proud to be a lead sponsor of Pelotonia, an annual bicycle road race held each August in central Ohio to help fund cancer research. For those who ride, volunteer and give, Pelotonia is a uniquely powerful and moving event — and is remarkably effective at generating funds for fighting the disease.



Since our involvement with the first race in 2008, Team Huntington has raised nearly $11 million dollars for The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, based in Columbus. Every dollar raised goes to The James, one of only 41 centers in the U.S. designated by the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. It’s a national leader in creating and testing new therapies based on scientific research, many of which are offered nowhere else in the world.



Pelotonia funds are allocated to four primary areas:



• A fellowship program that encourages promising students to pursue research with faculty mentors



• Idea Grants that provide seed money to teams of faculty researchers who are collecting data in order to apply for larger external grants



• Sophisticated equipment to aid in cutting-edge research



• Recruitment and retention of the brightest minds in cancer research



The Huntington community will continue to support cancer research through our ongoing involvement with Pelotonia. The research at The James is both impressive and exciting, and we look forward to meeting our shared goal: to end cancer.





Other Critical Need Programs:

•American Red Cross



•Big Brothers, Big Sisters



•Children's Hospital



•The Center for Family & Safety Healing



•Community Shelter Board



•Mid-Ohio FoodBank



•Ohio Health/Grant Medical Center



•Pelotonia: Over 1,000 Huntington colleagues will participate in this fundraising bicycle ride across Ohio in 2010. The ride raises money for cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center—James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.



•Ronald McDonald House



•St. Vincent Family Center



•United Way of Central Ohio



•YMCA

Commons at Livingston II - Grand Opening

Roughly a third of homeless men are veterans, and their numbers are growing. Many require intensive mental health and substance abuse counseling in additional to treatment for physical disabilities.



Huntington celebrated the grand opening of the second phase of Commons at Livingston, a permanent supportive housing community for disabled and homeless veterans. Permanent supportive housing provides residents on-site social, educational, therapeutic, vocational and health care support services.



We provided a $2.6 million construction loan and a $5.4 million gross equity investment. The project added another 50 one-bedroom units, bringing the facility’s total to 100. National Church Residences developed the community, and owns and manages it. The project also included expanded offices for the Veterans Administration and a fitness suite.



Housing Ohio 2014 Conference

Huntington was a sustaining sponsor for the 20th Anniversary Conference of the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio in Columbus. The organization’s mission is to end homelessness and to promote affordable housing and housing assistance services in Ohio.



The April 2014 conference featured renowned speakers from around the country and workshops on youth and veteran homelessness, working with domestic violence victims and Medicaid assistance.





Other Affordable Housing Programs

•Coalition on Homelessness and Housing



•Community Shelter Board



•Homeless Families Foundation



•Homes on the Hill



•Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Council



•Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing



•The Salvation Army of Central Ohio





“Get Real” – Financial Education Program

Financial education is often lacking in high school curricula. So Huntington and television station CW Columbus hosted an all-day financial education workshop called Get Real. More than 600 students from 20 local high schools in Central Ohio participated in the May 2014. Thirty Huntington colleagues helped facilitate the event.



Get Real is a real-life, financial decision-making program that teaches high school students the basics. Learning to balance a checkbook, manage a monthly salary and maintain a mock Huntington Bank checking account are all part of the experience.





Reality Days and Junior Achievement “Champion Volunteer Day at Biztown”

If kids learn to manage their allowance and understand the importance of saving, chances are better they’ll grow up to be financially stable. We’re committed to providing financial education to students of all ages.



Reality Days is a financial decision-making program that teaches middle school students how to manage their money. One-day workshops were held at five schools in Columbus, touching the lives of more than 1,400 students. Nearly two dozen of our colleagues served as mentors to help students successfully navigate their way through the program.



Junior Achievement’s BizTown® is a hands-on learning program that includes a day-long visit to a simulated town at the JA headquarters in Columbus. Participants operate 14 businesses, oversee city government and manage their personal finances. Our colleagues helped 60 students at the Linden Stem Academy learn how to deposit paychecks, make purchases and complete banking tasks.      Junior Achievement BizTown® is a registered trademark of Junior Achievement USA and JA Worldwide.





Huntington Backpack Index

As part of our mission to address financial literacy among students and families, in 2014, Huntington continued our Backpack Index Program. Annually, the Backpack Index Program highlights the cost of school supplies needed for K-12 students returning to school.

Huntington partnered with Meijer stores to purchase and distribute 15,000 backpacks to families in need throughout Huntington’s six-state footprint. In Central Ohio, 2,700 backpacks were distributed to multiple organizations, including, but not limited to:

•YWCA Family Center



•Columbus Housing Partnership



•Children’s Hunger Alliance



•Oakstone Academy



•West Broad Street Elementary



•Homeless Families Foundation



•St. Stephens Community House



In addition to providing much-needed assistance to families, this one-of-a-kind program also provides budgeting and money saving tips for parents and families, so they can teach their children the importance of budgeting and financial literacy.



In 2014, we worked with 95 organizations by providing financial education, including:

•Columbus City Schools



•National Church Residences



•New Directions Career Center



•Southwestern City SchoolsSoutheast, Inc.



•YWCA Columbus






Seeds for Growth

We understand the importance of supporting non-profit organizations in the areas we serve so that our communities are strengthened and needs are met. In July Huntington hosted the 13th Annual Seeds for Growth conference at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank headquarters. About 250 people attended the half-day seminar, which included breakfast and lunch.

City of Whitehall "Food Truck Fun Festival"

Huntington was a proud sponsor for the City of Whitehall’s Food Truck Fun Festival last summer. More than 10,000 people who live in and around Whitehall attended this community event that showcased more than 25 of the best food trucks in Ohio. Huntington had a booth at the event that featured the My Home Program and the Unsecured Home Improvement Loan program.

Additional Community Involvement:

•American Cancer Society

•American Heart Association

•BalletMet

•Capital Area Human Society

•Columbus College of Art and Design

•Columbus Metropolitan Library

•Columbus Museum of Art

•Columbus Symphony Orchestra

•COSI

•Franklin Park Conservatory

 •Greater Columbus Arts Council

•Greenlawn Cemetery Association

•Komen Columbus Race for the Cure

•Lincoln Theater Association

•Ohio Historical Society

•Prevent Blindness Ohio

•Thurber House

•West Broad Adopt-a-School

•Wexner Center for the Arts

•Women's Fund of Central Ohio

 

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