Columbus/Central Ohio Region

 

Columbus is the headquarters of Huntington, and our Central Ohio region. Our commitment to investing in our communities began here in 1866.

 

Fund Cancer Research

Help Team Huntington raise money to support cancer research. Sign up for or donate to Pelotonia, which has raised more than $82.3 million to date.

Join Team Huntington in the fight against cancer. Ride in our donate to Pelotonia, an annual grassroots bike ride that's raised more than $82.3 million since it was founded in 2008. In 2014, more than 1,230 colleagues pedaled routes from 25-180 miles, and more than 1,000 volunteers and 510 virtual riders participated. All of which helped Team Huntington raise more than $3 million for The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

"We had another great year, and Team Huntington helped Pelotonia raise more than $21 million in 2014, making a huge impact on cancer research being done at The James," said Christina Brown, financial education and volunteerism manager, who is leading Team Huntington's efforts this year. "We're looking forward to another exciting year."


Community Investment and Affordable Housing

National Church Residences:

Huntington is only as successful as the communities and neighborhoods where we do business. Our colleagues are involved locally in lending decisions, because they know their own communities better than anyone in a corporate office.

National Church Residences is dedicated to providing quality housing in affordable, caring communities to seniors, families and adults, the homeless, and persons with disabilities. Huntington has partnered with National Church Residences since 1996.

Huntington not only provides financial support to their programs, but is also a financial education partner to the residents of the communities. In addition we have continued to provide financing for over the years, which has resulted in new units throughout the community.

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


Meeting Critical Needs

LifeCare Alliance:
Huntington partnered with LifeCare Alliance through their Critical Needs Assistance program. The purpose of the program is to provide meals for older adults and individuals with a disability or medical challenge in their homes, at community dining centers, and through pantry visits in Central Ohio. The program aims to reduce the number of Central Ohioans who experience food insecurity, malnutrition and/or hunger by providing underserved individuals with access to their most basic critical need: food.

Seeds for Growth Community Workshop:
In 2014, Huntington hosted its 13th annual workshop, “Seeds for Growth.” More than 250 nonprofit leaders attended. Each year the workshop becomes more popular with nonprofits. For many attending, it’s the only professional development they will receive annually because of tight nonprofit budgets. Since 2011, Huntington hosted eight additional Seeds for Growth workshops throughout our Midwest footprint. The workshops were met with resounding excitement and success in Toledo, Youngstown, Indianapolis, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh.

The Seeds for Growth program becomes more critical each year as many of our community nonprofits are facing challenges ranging from a sluggish economy to fundraising needs to increased client need. Huntington will increasingly play an essential role in the development of nonprofit stability and advancement for the future. This is a mission which we are committed to and excited about fulfilling. 

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.

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

Financial Education:
In nearly every community we serve, our colleagues are actively involved in teaching money and finance fundamentals. Financial education is more important than ever. Consumers of all ages and stages of life are faced with complicated choices nearly every day in order to balance budgets, save for a home, save for college, pay off debt, or save for retirement. Last year, our colleagues volunteered thousands of hours to teach kids and adults how to manage their money wisely. We also partnered with other organizations that provide financial education programs.

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

  • Columbus City Schools
  • National Church Residences
  • New Directions Career Center
  • Southwestern City SchoolsSoutheast, Inc.
  • YWCA Columbus

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

Volunteerism:
Our colleagues are much like our customers: They're committed to giving back to their communities. Whether they're volunteer mentors or tutors, helping to clean up city parks, raising money to fight diseases, or fixing up old homes in low-income neighborhoods, they give with passion. In 2014 close to 1,000 Huntington volunteers donated more than 19,000 hours to organizations and charitable causes throughout the Huntington footprint (Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Kentucky), with a majority of these hours occurring in Central Ohio. 

Additionally, in 2014, 150 Huntington colleagues served on more than 200 nonprofit boards in Central Ohio, donating over 8,000 additional volunteer hours. Huntington leadership not only took an active role in serving the community, but also encouraged colleague involvement. Their talent and leadership ensured that Huntington was acting as an essential partner to community organizations. 

Awards and Recognition:

  • 2014 "PeaceMaker Award" by Choices for Victims of Domestic Violence
  • 2014 Milton Lewin Legacy Award by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio
  • 2014 Wonderful Workplaces for Young Professionals by Columbus Young Professionals Club
  • 2014 Best Bank Award by Columbus CEO magazine
  • 2014 Community Service Award by the American Council of the Blind of Ohio


Central Ohio Contact:
Steven Fields
Corporate Engagement
The Huntington National Bank.
41 S. High Street
Columbus, OH 43287
614-480-3278  Phone
614-480-4973  Fax
steven.fields@huntington.com 

Christina Brown
Financial Education and Volunteerism
The Huntington National Bank.
7575 Huntington Park Drive
Columbus, OH 43231
614-480-6787  Phone
Christina.Brown@huntington.com