West Virginia

 


West Virginia colleagues are connected and involved with the communities in which we live and work.  Because West Virginia is so geographically dispersed, that means that we’re very active in at least six of our largest cities across the region and we sponsored 200+ community activities statewide in 2011 alone! Beyond the usual housing-related initiatives, local chamber memberships, hospital foundations, and non-profit organizations that we support, we also try to sponsor festivals, fairs and other activities that are both diverse and unique to our targeted communities.

This includes title sponsorship of the YWCA Women of Achievement Awards luncheon in Charleston; hosting the Industry Appreciation Reception in Randolph County; sponsoring the Mylan Puskar Health Right Spring event in Morgantown and the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival and League for Service in Clarksburg; having a corporate table at the annual Partners in Education dinner in Parkersburg; and teeing it up as a title sponsor of the Thomas Memorial-St. Francis Hospitals Foundation Golf Tournament. We also sponsor, host or attend a variety of activities related to our two largest Universities, West Virginia University and Marshall. We also distribute nearly 2,000 backpacks statewide to children as they return to school. We strive to be balanced in our support of our market areas and the surrounding communities.


Community Investment and Affordable Housing

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. And Huntington Bank awarded a 2011 Community Development grant to the Fairmont Housing Authority and to the RCCR.


Financial Literacy

Financial Education is important at every level, and we recently worked with Junior Achievement on our “JA in a Day” event where more than 20 colleagues taught basic finance concepts to 180 eighth graders in the community. We sponsored the city of Huntington Housing Authority’s financial counseling luncheon. And we are working to develop even more financial literacy and homeowner counseling classes in our communities.


Additional Community Involvement and Volunteerism

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!


West Virginia Contact:
Kim Guilfoile
The Huntington National Bank
900 Lee Street
Charleston, WV 25301
304-348-5026 Phone
888-404-9181 Fax
Kim.Guilfoile@huntington.com