The Good Neighbor
West Virginia Region
West Virginia is known for its rugged landscape and coal mining. While coal production has been decreasing, the development of the Marcellus Shale natural gas resource has been a shot in the arm. Huntington cares about the people of this beautiful state, investing in small businesses, supporting efforts to revitalize its economy and helping to care for those in need.
Prepare Young People
Huntington Bank is proud to teach kids to empower their own economic success. Through a partnership with Junior Achievement, we help give young people early insight on the business world.
Branch locations for West Virginia
We believe in doing the right thing.
While schools focus on reading, writing and arithmetic, learning how to manage money is often not part of the curriculum. So for the last several years, we’ve volunteered for Junior Achievement Day at several elementary schools throughout West Virginia to teach financial literacy.
In 2014 Central City Elementary in Huntington, Emerson Elementary in Parkersburg and North View Elementary School in Clarksburg were selected. Our colleagues worked with students in kindergarten through fifth grade, the majority of whom are from low-income families, teaching a series of interactive financial lessons. Our goal was to help students understand basic concepts of business and economics, and the value of entrepreneurship to our economy.
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In partnership with various non-profits throughout the state such as the Salvation Army and United Way, Huntington Bank has distributed backpacks and school supplies to low income students for more than five years. In 2014, 1000 backpacks and school supplies were distributed to elementary students in Charleston, Clarksburg, Huntington, Parkersburg and Morgantown.
Jenny Parsons, treasury management sales advisor in Charleston, was named “2014 Volunteer of the Year” by Junior Achievement (JA) of West Virginia. Junior Achievement BizTown® is a registered trademark of Junior Achievement USA and JA Worldwide.
Parsons received the recognition for the work she and other Huntington colleagues do for “JA in a Day” programs offered at several elementary and middle schools. In addition to her leadership in recruiting and coordinating colleague schedules for these programs, she also taught the JA curriculum to students.
Through JA programs, our bankers have the opportunity to be role models and teach important business concepts to children as future members of the workforce. The one-day session provides educational programming on financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness.
Helping a sick child fight their illness takes a big emotional toll on a family. And when that child is being treated far from home, the emotional and financial strain of commuting and sleeping is hospital waiting rooms can almost be too much to bear. The Ronald McDonald House Charities was created to help support these families with a free place to stay and often, free meals.
Recently, a team of six colleagues purchased, prepared and served dinner for several families at the Ronald McDonald House in Charleston. Having a hot, home cooked meal and the time to simply relax, if even for a few minutes, was a priceless gift to these families.
For the second year, Huntington has supported the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots annual holiday toy drive. Collection stations were set up in ten Huntington branches throughout the Charleston/Huntington area.
Non-profit agencies often scramble to just keep the doors open day after day. Understandably, when it comes to maintenance or basic improvements, these agencies may lack the necessary resources and manpower to tackle such tasks.
Team members from Huntington in Charleston volunteered an entire day of service for the Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center through United Way’s Day of Caring. The 12-member team spent their time cleaning and painting two of the dorms, the kitchen and an outside area of the Center’s Giltinan Shelter. The facility serves 60 men homeless men with housing, health care and mental health services.
South Charleston is the hometown of our Region President, Andy Paterno, and he is tremendously active in his local community and the state of West Virginia. Paterno is a past Board Member of Wheeling Jesuit University, and currently serves on the Concord College Foundation Board of Directors, the Board at Edgewood Summit, and the Coal Contractors Insurance Limited Board. In recognition of his efforts, he received the 2000 Son of the Year Award from the West Virginia Society of Washington, D.C., the 1999 Italian Man of the Year from the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival, and in 2008 was a Meritorious Inductee into the University of Charleston Hall of Fame. Huntington Bank is a main sponsor of the South Charleston SummerFest each August.
In Charleston, we have many colleagues that hold leadership positions on local non-profit boards and committees, including the YWCA, The American Heart Association, Thomas Memorial-St. Francis Hospitals Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Edgewood Summit Board, Children’s Home Society, and the South Charleston Chamber of Commerce. As a corporation, we provide financial support not only to these groups, but also to a wide range of organizations, including the Charleston Area Alliance, the Center for Rural Health, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure that provides funds statewide.
Another of our colleagues is extremely active in the community and serves on the Interagency Housing Council as commissioned by the Governor of West Virginia and on the Board of the Religious Coalition for Community Renewal in Charleston, West Virginia. He also is on the steering committee for the Charleston/Kanawha Housing Section 8 Readiness Committee, and another colleague in Elkins serves on the Board of Directors for the Randolph County United Way.
Many colleagues participate in the United Way Day of Caring, which gives people the opportunity to get out and perform volunteer work in the community during a half-day of normal work hours. Projects vary, and may include painting, mulching, building a shed, or visiting inbound seniors. Huntington also supports the Dollar Energy Fund, a program that provides comprehensive utility assistance to West Virginia individuals, senior citizens and families in need. One of our vice presidents serves on the board of directors, and several of our colleagues volunteered their time to raise money at the annual Warmathon around the winter holidays.
Activities in the Parkersburg branch include the annual American Heart Association Heart Walk and Bank Day, Toys for Tots, United Way, Emerson School - our partner in education – at which colleagues have helped with reading day, their mini Relay for Life, judged the Science and Social Fair, and worked a carnival. Our Parkersburg team stays active with several community and economic development organizations in the area.
In Morgantown, many branch colleagues also are active volunteers and some hold board positions with local non-profit organizations. They raise money for the Randolph Cancer Center, host the United Way Leadership Giving Recognition Dinner, and sponsor the C. E Taylor Christmas concert and MountainFest every year. Colleagues typically participate in an annual blood drive competition between the local banks. And they serve and support many programs associated with West Virginia University, its Children’s Hospital, Extension Service, and the Mountaineer Athletic Club.
So in every community across the West Virginia Region, you’ll likely find a Huntington Bank colleague volunteering in some manner to improve the quality of life here for all of us!
To further our philanthropic goal of affordable housing in our communities, we work with the USDA, FHA, and VA. We partner in those programs with the city of Charleston Mayor’s Office of Community and Economic Development’s home blend product which provides grant funds for low to moderate income borrowers. We work with the City of Huntington’s Consortium program, also a Community Development Block Grant Fund program again providing down payment assistance for low to moderate income borrowers. We utilize the affordable second product offered by the Randolph County Homeownership Center to our customers throughout West Virginia.
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