BB&T VOLUNTEERS CONTRIBUTE TIME,
MATERIALS AND FUNDS TO
MANATEE GLENS CHILDREN’S DAY PROGRAM
(Bradenton, FL)… BB&T team members have
donated more than 250 hours and $6000 through its Lighthouse Project to the Manatee Glens Children’s Day Program. The Lighthouse Project is an annual community
service outreach of BB&T. The volunteers came from branches throughout Manatee and Sarasota.
They cleaned, painted, assembled new furniture, organized supply areas, installed a fence around the playground and one BB&T staff member even painted murals in two classrooms. The bank staff chose half-day shifts and
worked in teams over a two-week period this summer.
“We are so grateful for the contribution and the work by
the BB&T volunteers. They were enthusiastic and helpful and really put a lot of compassion into their work,” stated Manatee Glens President/CEO Mary Ruiz. “BB&T came to us with this concept. They not only organized the project and did the work, they also purchased the supplies, fencing, furniture, paints and educational toys! It was remarkable.”
“We wanted to work with Manatee Glens because of the absolutely critical work they do for so many families in Manatee and Sarasota counties. We’re proud to help
in any way we can,” said David Brooks, BB&T’s Area Executive for Manatee County. “We also appreciate the support of Foremost Fence and Crowder Brothers Hardware, who provided supplies at reduced rates.”
The Manatee Glens Children’s Day Program is for elementary and middle school age students who have mental health or behavioral issues and are unable to function in traditional classrooms. The goal is to enable them to return to their school and function successfully in the community and with their families. The children in the elementary program where the BB&T
volunteers worked, receive a lot of professional, personal attention and are rewarded as they achieve periodic goals throughout the day. “We give away hundreds of small toys and trinkets each year. Thanks to the generous donation
from BB&T, we have a wonderful fresh supply of games, books, toys and educational items the children will love,” said Children’s Intensive Programs Director Yvonne Gonzalez. “Also, the children and teachers will be very happy in these classrooms. They are bright, colorful and conducive for learning.”
Manatee Glens is a specialty hospital and outpatient practice in Bradenton treating mental health and addictions in youth, adults and seniors. www.ManateeGlens.org