Bank Lends a Hand to UNA Volunteer Program

  • UNA Lions Lend a HandFlorence, Ala. – Wednesday, August 21, 2013 – Eight Bank Independent employees were among over 190 University of North Alabama (UNA) students who gathered on Tuesday, August 20, to offer a helping hand to 19 local charitable organizations.

    As part of the Bank’s Operation Helping Hands volunteer program, employees participated in UNA’s second annual Lions Lend a Hand event, which encourages students to sign up for an opportunity to earn service hours working with their choice of charity.  Bank volunteers spent the morning assisting UNA staff with the registration process then joined students for an afternoon of labor.  Duties ranged from yard work at the home of a hospice patient to picking up trash along Sheffield streets to folding clothes at a local thrift store.

    “I loved it,” says Mollie Sharp, a teller at Bank Independent who volunteered at Scope 310’s Blue Door Thrift Store.  “I worked with five other students sorting hangers, sending thank you letters and moving boxes.   Scope 310’s center for intellectually-challenged adults was in the next building, and it was good to know that the people we were helping were right next door.   I’m a UNA student, too, so it was nice to get to know other students.”

    Bank Independent’s Operation Helping Hands program was created in 2011 after employees requested opportunities to help the victims of the April tornadoes.  Since then, Bank employees have worked 1344 volunteer hours at community events, charitable organizations, animal shelters, and more.

    “We’re happy to see that our Operation Helping Hands program is growing, and that more organizations are requesting our volunteers,” says Macke Mauldin, Bank Independent President.  “Our employees are eager to contribute their time and efforts to the communities we serve.  This program demonstrates that ‘giving back’ isn’t just something we say, but something we really do.”