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.

Community Investment and Affordable Housing

National Church Residences:
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. We have provided financing for over the years, resulting in 501 new units in five communities: Chestnut Grove, Commons at Chantry, Commons at Livingston, Commons at Third and Walnut Grove.

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’s longstanding relationship with LifeCare Alliance has developed into eight Meals-on-Wheels routes where more than 350 Huntington associates deliver meals during their lunch hours. Huntington reached a critical landmark by delivering its 100,000th meal in 2009. Devotion to the program continues to be strong, with associates already working toward the next 100,000 meals.

Huntington partnered with LifeCare Alliance through their Homeless Prevention program. The purpose of the program is provide emergency financial assistance to those individuals who are about to lose daily necessities such as housing and/or utilities. These individuals are elderly, living with HIV/AIDS, or active cancer who are unable to work for periods of time due to their illness. The end result will keep these individuals out of homeless shelters and in the comfort of their own homes, where they want to be.

Seeds for Growth Community Workshop:
In 2011, Huntington hosted its 10th annual workshop, “Seeds for Growth.” More than 200 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. In 2011, Huntington hosted five additional Seeds for Growth workshops throughout our Midwest footprint. The workshops were met with resounding excitement and success in Toledo, Youngstown, Indianapolis, 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 2011, Huntington expanded our Backpack Index Program. Annually, the Backpack Index Program highlights the cost of school supplies needed for K-12 students returning to school.

As part of the expansion, Huntington partnered with Big Lots and Meijer stores to purchase and distribute 30,000 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
  • Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence
  • Community Shelter Board
  • LifeCare Alliance
  • 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:
As a response to the ever growing need for financial education training, Huntington has worked diligently with community partners to provide our neighbors access to quality programs and financial counseling. These programs have made a big difference. 

Huntington has partnered with the FDIC Money Matters program to co-design a curriculum that can meet a variety of markets and audiences. Another example of this dynamic thinking is our partnership with St. Stephens Community House. Huntington has been a long-time supporter of the programs at SSCH, but when we were approached by the staff to look at supporting their Financial Fitness program we immediately knew we wanted to participate. Huntington not only provided financial support to this program, we gave them the curriculum we had produced, as well as provided volunteers to assist in the training of the staff and clients.

Through participation in this program we are seeing the clients at SSCH gain a better knowledge of budgeting and savings. Additionally, we have witnessed a decrease in the need for financial emergency assistance of the clients, and they are now working with established financial institutions.

Huntington has been working alongside the staff of Jewish Family Services to create a Financial Disaster Recovery Tool-kit. The premise behind supporting this program is to assist long term unemployed individuals from financial peril as they seek new employment and/or experience under-employment.

Our colleagues have stepped forward to teach JFS case workers the basics of financial education, which will assist them in working with their clients on budgeting and savings and the development of a working cash flow model to insure all necessary obligations, are met. Additionally, a select group of Huntington volunteers are serving as subject matter experts and in cases that need greater scrutiny.

Volunteers are working with both the case workers and clients, as they deal with mortgages, loans, and much more. Huntington understands the hardships clients are facing through their unemployment and is working to assure that each client is giving the best-in-class service they deserve.

In 2011, we provided over 65 financial literacy education opportunities to over 20 schools and nonprofit organizations, including:

  • National Church Residences
  • New Directions Career Center
  • Southeast, Inc.
  • YWCA Columbus

Additional Community Involvement:

  • American Cancer Society
  • American Heart Association
  • Audubon Society
  • BalletMet
  • Battelle for Kids
  • 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
  • Phoenix Theatre for Children
  • Prevent Blindness Ohio
  • Thurber House
  • West Broad Adopt-a-School
  • Wexner Center for the Arts
  • Women's Fund of Central Ohio

Volunteer participation has been a point of pride for Huntington with a large contingency of dedicated and committed volunteers. The number of volunteers has grown steadily over the past year both in number of volunteers, as well as in the number of donated volunteer hours. During a year in which we witnessed staff realignment, and where many associates had to take on bigger workloads, our associates proved to be even more dedicated to volunteering their support for our community. In 2011 more than 1,000 Huntington volunteers donated more than 21,000 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. 

We are particularly excited that we were able to reach a growing number of  volunteers by offering new and different volunteer opportunities, such as participating in Pelotonia, Central Ohio’s largest grassroots bike tour with one goal: to end cancer. In 2011, Huntington instituted a quarterly day of service for volunteerism and worked on projects such as the renovation of West Broad Street Elementary, our Partner in Education school for more than 25 years.  Additionally, Huntington continued to expand our program of feeding the families at the YWCA Family Center, assisting the Mid-Ohio Food Bank in the collection, sorting and repackaging of donated food, as well as stuffing and distributing more than 2,700 backpacks filled with school supplies to low-to-moderate income youth in the Central Ohio community.

Additionally, in 2011, 160 Huntington colleagues served on more than 270 nonprofit boards in Central Ohio, donating over 11,000 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:

  • Columbus Business First's 2010 Corporate Caring Award, Large Corporation Award in the education category
  • "Partner in Excellence Award" by the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges
  • "Commitment to Leadership Award" by Franklin University.
  • 2009 Governor's Award for the Arts in the "Business Support of the Arts" category
  • "Enriching the Experience" certificate from the Capitol Square Foundation
  • Recognition of support for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters 2009 Bowl for Kids' Sake event

Central Ohio Contact:
Steven Fields
The Huntington National Bank.
41 S. High Street
Columbus, OH 43287
614-480-3278  Phone
614-480-4973  Fax