In continued support of the Midlands’ efforts to recover from the floods of October 2015, Bank of America is donating $125,000 in 2016 to three local organizations.
Thursday, Kim Wilkerson, President of Bank of America in Columbia and SC, announced a new round of financial support to United Way of the Midlands, Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity, and Home Works of America to continue the ongoing work of assisting the Columbia-area flood recovery efforts. The collective grant funding totals more than $125,000 to the three organizations. Since the flood occurred in 2015, Bank of America has donated more than $400,000 to recovery efforts.
In addition to the financial donation, Bank of America also hosted an employee volunteer event with United Way of the Midlands, Central SC Habitat for Humanity, and Home Works. Community volunteers worked to repair siding on a flood-damaged home. This event is part of the Restoring Hope Rebuild Blitz where more than 350 community members join hands in recovery projects to commemorate the flood anniversary.
“Almost exactly one year after the flood, Hurricane Matthew has reminded us yet again how much we value the basic things that give life to our community,” said Kim Wilkerson, President of Bank of America in Columbia and SC. “That’s why we are honored to reaffirm our ongoing commitment to working with Central SC Habitat for Humanity, Home Works, and United Way of the Midlands—three organizations that have been instrumental in responding to the needs of our community in the last 12 months. Bank of America will continue to support partners like these and invest in our community for as long as it takes.”
One year after the flood, needs are still great with more than 1,200 families in the Midlands in need of home repair. Bank of America has made a lasting commitment to investing in local communities and working with strong partners to ensure the Midlands of South Carolina will fully recover from the “thousand-year flood” that impacted so many in the Columbia region. In addition to a financial commitment, bank employees have been donating their time as volunteers to flood relief organizations. As a policy, Bank of America gives its employees paid time off for volunteerism to demonstrate their commitment to local communities.