Southern Ohio/Northern Kentucky

 


Huntington has a long legacy of giving back to the Southern Ohio/Northern Kentucky region, and we’re grateful for the opportunity. We help build stronger, safer communities, where everyone has access to a greater quality of life. Here’s how our work helps support communities.


Community Investment and Affordable Housing

Huntington helped celebrate the completion of the Over-the-Rhine affordable rental housing development Friars’ Court located at 1641 Vine Street in Cincinnati in 2011. The rehabilitation of the historic property, originally built in the 1800s, created 25 newly rehabilitated, modern apartments for income-eligible residents, replacing 39 out-of-date units. Huntington partnered with Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati to partially finance the project. Friars’ Court is an affordable rental housing development for income-eligible residents where they earn financial resources for future investments like a home, education, business or retirement. Huntington colleagues also completed a beautification project at Friars’ Court by installing 12 window boxes and filling them with soil and flowers.

Several other community investment projects include:

  • Urology Group
  • Yellow Springs Home

We support programs that help families and individuals with housing, counseling, foreclosure avoidance, and affordable mortgages including: 

  • CityWide Development Corporation
  • Neighborhood Housing Partnership of Greater Springfield
  • Talbert House
  • Working in Neighborhoods


Meeting Critical Needs

Project Backpack: We provide more than 1,500 backpacks with school supplies to organizations in Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Dayton and Springfield serving disadvantaged youth including:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clark County
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Clermont County
  • Chatfield College
  • Clark State Champion City Scholars
  • Dayton Community Action Partnership’s Youth Empowerment Center
  • Dayton Interfaith Hospitality Network
  • Edison School
  • Greene County Family Violence Prevention Center
  • Rocking Horse Community Center
  • Rothenberg Preparatory Academy
  • The Salvation Army
  • Urban League of Greater Cincinnati
  • Welcome House of Northern Kentucky

Coat Drives:  Every year, we partner with WCPO TV Channel 9 on the Caring with Coats program benefitting Brighton Center and with WDTN TV Channel 2 on the Carl’s Coats for Kids program benefitting Easter Seals Goodwill of the Miami Valley with thousands of coats to those who need them most.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Annual Fan Drive and Retro Fittings: We accept cash contributions at our branches to purchase new fans during the hot summer months for those who are less fortunate, and we support the annual Retro Fittings event where St. Vincent de Paul and the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning (DAAP) team up to showcase original fashion designs of the students. As part of their curriculum, DAAP fashion design students are provided a $10 voucher to a St. Vincent de Paul thrift store to purchase the materials to create original couture.

Other organizations we support include:

  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Warren and Clinton Counties
  • Center for Great Neighborhoods
  • Clark State Foundation
  • Junior Achievement of Greater Cincinnati, Dayton, Mad River Region
  • Neighborhood Housing Partnership of Greater Springfield
  • OneCity Foundation
  • Springfield Interfaith Hospitality
  • University of Cincinnati's Economics Center for Education & Research
  • United Way of Clark, Champaign & Madison Counties
  • United Way of Greater Dayton
  • United Way of Greater Cincinnati
  • United Way of Greene County
  • United Way of Warren County
  • Working In Neighborhoods
  • YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
  • YMCA of Greater Dayton
  • YWCA of Greater Cincinnati


Financial Education

Colleagues volunteer time teaching the importance of saving, budgeting, spending wisely, removing obstacles to homeownership, tax preparation, and more. Long-term relationships include Accounting for Kids Day®, Brighton Center Inc., Cincinnati Home Ownership Center, Junior Achievement, Northern Kentucky University scholarship program, and various local schools.

Through our sponsorship and participation since 2000, colleagues share their financial knowledge on Accounting For Kids Day® by making the subject of money and finances fun and showing the value of a dollar to Cincinnati Public School students. Our colleagues have a great time playing a game about buying and selling stocks with students. In 1993, through Cincinnati Youth Collaborative’s Partners in Education program, we began working with Rothenberg Preparatory Academy.

Dayton colleagues conduct an eight-week banking class during the summer at the Dayton Community Action Partnership's Trotwood Youth Empowerment Center location with students in age from 11 to 14 years old. Topics include: have money/need money; check book management; savings and more. 

Huntington joined other participating financial institutions in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for Bank On Greater Cincinnati. Bank On is an initiative to help the estimated 42,000 unbanked households in Hamilton County, Ohio and Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties, Kentucky learn the short-term and long-term benefits of a banking relationship. The program’s goals are to help families manage their money wisely and become financially fit.


Additional Community Involvement

We provide ongoing financial support and advice to area businesses through involvement with various organizations such as the African American Chamber of Commerce, Hamilton County Development Corporation, Downtown Cincinnati Inc., Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, Vision 2015, Tri-County Economic Development Foundation, and many other local chambers of commerce. 

Other organizations we support include:

  • The American Heart Association
  • ArtsWave
  • Cedarville University
  • Chatfield College
  • Cincinnati Ballet
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
  • Clark County Historical Society
  • Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty
  • Community Mercy Foundation
  • Dayton Children’s Hospital
  • Downtown Cincinnati Inc.
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk in Springfield
  • Malia's Cord Foundation
  • The Playhouse In The Park
  • SCORE Greater Cincinnati
  • Springfield Arts Council
  • The Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Urban League of Greater Cincinnati
  • Vison 2015
  • Xavier University
  • WCET


Volunteerism

Our colleagues dedicate their time to volunteer throughout the communities we serve. We donate resources and help raise money for many organizations that work to improve the quality of life in Greater Cincinnati, Miami Valley and Northern Kentucky. Each year, more than 250 colleagues participate in Huntington-sanctioned and sponsored events to help non-profit organizations meeting critical needs in Southern Ohio/Northern Kentucky.

Our Connecting with Community programs with WCPO TV 9 in Greater Cincinnati and WDTV TV 2 in Dayton/Springfield feature these efforts. Several non-profits featured on these programs include:

  • American Heart Association
  • Junior Achievement
  • Honor Flight
  • Kings Island for the Cure
  • Matthew 25: Ministries
  • Ronald McDonald House

Huntington colleagues volunteer with non-profits including Brighton Center Inc. to participate in the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) sites for the tax season. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program goals are to provide qualifying low-to-moderate income individuals education about the EITC and provide free and accurate income tax filings.

Huntington teamed up with Kings Island and the Greater Cincinnati affiliate of the Susan G. Komen organization to raise money for breast cancer awareness during the 2011 Kings Island for the Cure campaign.  In August 2011, Huntington retail colleagues wore pink ribbon stickers and customers could support the fight against breast cancer or honor someone affected by the disease by purchasing Snoopy’s in Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky branches for the chance to be selected to win a new 2012 white Mustang convertible.  Huntington volunteers passed out pink shirts and participated in Kings Island for the Cure’s attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records by forming the largest human pink ribbon.

Starfire, a non-profit that serves people with disabilities, began Starfire U in 2008 as a four-year educational program designed to be similar socially to a college experience. A Huntington colleague helped create a curriculum on banking where participants are taught how to fill out deposit slips, update a savings account register, balance a checkbook, and the like. Participants even visit a local Huntington branch to use the ATM and make a deposit.


Awards and Recognition

Huntington was awarded the Corporate Partner of the Year Award on May 18, 2012 from Dayton Community Action Partnership. This award is part of their "Helping People. Changing Lives." awards program and is in recognition of Huntington's involvement in their Youth Empowerment Center programs by providing financial literacy training to youth that gave them important information on budgeting and financial planning and by providing student book bags/backpacks, an important item for school readiness that many students would not otherwise be able to afford.

Sherri Miller, Huntington banker and community volunteer with Starfire U for the past three years, was awarded Starfire’s Community Partner of the Year Award in 2011. Starfire enables individuals with disabilities to become active and vital members of the community.

Huntington was named 2010 Lender of the Year by Cincinnati-based Hamilton County Development Company (HCDC) at its annual awards and appreciation luncheon. HCDC helps businesses secure financing for the acquisition of fixed assets through economic development lending programs as part of its overall mission to assist economic growth and revitalization in Greater Cincinnati. The award recognizes the bank that originated the most loans during the year utilizing the SBA 504 program or the Ohio 166 Regional program through HCDC. In 2010, Huntington’s Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky business banking team worked with HCDC to participate in nine SBA 504 projects and ranked first out of 18 lending institutions that participated in HCDC in 2010.

Business Banker Linda Johnson was also recognized by HCDC as 2010 “Banker of the Year” for working with them on three projects, which allowed her customers to purchase new facilities and grow their businesses.

Huntington was awarded the Greater Dayton SBA 504 Bank Partner of the Year Award by the Community Capital Development Corporation in 2010.



Southern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Contact:
Sally Gardner
The Huntington National Bank
Fourth & Walnut Center
105 East Fourth Street, 200A
Cincinnati, OH 45202
513-762-1878 Phone
513-762-1873 Fax
sally.gardner@huntington.com