GREENVILLE, S.C. – July 22, 2021 – United Community Bank Foundation is pleased to share it has made a gift of $10,000 to Youth Corps, a life-changing leadership development experience for 36 outstanding 9th and 10th grade students in Richland & Lexington Counties. United Community Bank’s newly formed foundation will support organizations across the bank’s footprint that are aligned with the mission to improve the financial health of the communities the bank serves.
“Youth Corps serves an incredible purpose in our community by helping our young adults learn leadership skills that can be used throughout their life,” said Shannon Stephens, President in the Columbia market. “As a parent of a participant, I can say first-hand that Youth Corps offers an incredible confidence-building experience for our next generation of leaders.”
Austin McVay, VP and Commercial Relationship Manager for United Community Bank in Columbia, has been an active volunteer and member of the Board since 2017. McVay feels passionately about supporting Youth Corps as it positively changes lives of young people through development opportunities.
United Community Bank has been committed to community giving throughout its 70-year history. The bank created the Foundation in 2020 to help amplify and focus its community engagement efforts in meaningful ways. The Foundation’s initiatives will support the bank’s belief in the concept of “Together for Good” and will include both employee engagement and volunteer work as well as financial contributions to local organizations that align with employee efforts. The Foundation established four key focus areas based on a survey of what causes mattered most to bank employees:
• Economic Empowerment
• Housing Strategies
• Youth Development
• Artistic Expression
“We know that our customers want their bank to make a difference and to be involved in their community,” added Lynn Harton, Chairman and CEO. “That’s what we do—we live here, we work here, and we serve here. The goal is for our foundation to be a natural extension of our brand by allowing us to increase our contributions and our impact. We look forward to positively impacting our communities for generations to come.”
About United Community Banks, Inc.
United Community Banks, Inc. (NASDAQGS: UCBI) provides a full range of banking, wealth management and mortgage services for relationship-oriented consumers and business owners. The company, known as “The Bank That SERVICE Built,” has been recognized nationally for delivering award-winning service. United has $18.9 billion in assets and 162 offices in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee along with a national SBA lending franchise and a national equipment lending subsidiary. In 2021, J.D. Power ranked United highest in customer satisfaction with retail banking in the Southeast, marking seven out of the last eight years United earned the coveted award. United was also named one of the "Best Banks to Work For" by American Banker in 2020 for the fourth year in a row based on employee satisfaction. Forbes included United in its inaugural list of the World’s Best Banks in 2019 and again in 2020. Forbes also recognized United on its 2021 list of the 100 Best Banks in America for the eighth consecutive year. United also received five Greenwich Excellence Awards in 2020 for excellence in Small Business Banking, including a national award for Overall Satisfaction. Additional information about United can be found at www.ucbi.com.
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