At Synovus, we’ve always been dedicated to the communities where we live and work. Through our community outreach program, Here Matters, our team members demonstrate that deep commitment through acts of service and financial giving that strengthen our communities. Here Matters outreach efforts focus on three essential categories of giving: education, needs-based, and health and wellness.
Hearing from the team matters, too
Team members not only select outreach opportunities, they take the lead in organizing and delivering them. And if you ask the team, “Why does here matter to you?,” their personal commitment to community outreach becomes clear.
Here can mean “place” and “now” and that matters to me because my place is my community and my time is now. We all have one opportunity to live our lives to the fullest and that should include contributing to our communities to make a better place for our families, friends, neighbors, those in need, and for ourselves. For Synovus to provide space in our work lives to help our individual communities and to commit the resources to make a larger impact across all of our communities served matters A LOT to me.
Myung Cogan (17 years)
Business Development Manager
Athens First Bank & Trust Co.
I’ve lived in Columbus all of my life. Columbus and the surrounding area matter to me. So many people get down on their luck - some from circumstances beyond their control. There are so many needs in our communities. It can be overwhelming to try to figure out how to make a difference. Here Matters takes away the overwhelming part. I am a part of a very large team that is strategically and methodically making a difference by addressing these needs!
Winston A. McQuaig, Jr. (39 years)
Senior Learning Business Partner
Synovus Learning and Development
As Community Development Manager for Synovus Mortgage, home is important to me. Our Here Matters program speaks to the heart of being connected and active in the communities we serve. I love that Synovus Mortgage conducts first-time homebuyer workshops in various communities across our footprint to help borrowers become mortgage-ready; after all, home ownership is part of the fabric of strong communities. We want individuals and families to know we are here to help them reach their goals and achieve their dreams.
Daryl Ward (6 years)
Community Development Manager
During our Here Matters “Over and Under Project” October 3 – 31, 2016, Synovus team members across our five-state footprint collected more than 10,100 items. The OVER items were new or gently-used coats, blankets, and umbrellas. The UNDER items collected were new undergarments for adults and children.
The “Over and Under” items were donated to more than 70 community organizations selected by Synovus team members, including the Waterfront Rescue Mission, Pensacola, FL; Morning Star Children’s Home, Brunswick, GA; Wings of Grace, Tuscaloosa, AL; Palmetto Community Action Partnership, Charleston, SC; Nashville Rescue Mission, Nashville, TN; and the Sara Spano Clothing Bank, Columbus, GA, just to name a few.
Staying connected to our communities, wherever we are
The Information Technology team delivered more than 250 pairs of shoes and 130 pairs of socks to SafeHouse Ministries in Columbus, GA, to help the homeless community.
A team of interns presented financial literacy classes for two youth programs at Open Door Community House in Columbus, GA. Open Door is a ministry serving the homeless and impoverished. Our interns designed lessons for elementary, middle, and high school students on topics such as budgeting; savings, and goal setting; needs versus wants; credit and debit cards; and identity theft.
Honoring our team matters
We couldn't be more proud of all the Synovus team members who contribute to Here Matters efforts, but we're especially honored to feature our latest recognition award winner.
Laura White is very involved with Domestic Violence awareness and initiatives in the Columbus, GA community. Laura works closely with Hope Harbour women’s shelter, and serves as Chairman of the Columbus Domestic Violence Roundtable. She speaks publicly at many churches, high schools, and during domestic violence vigils. Laura not only tells her story, she sheds light on the different types of violence and the effects abuse has on victims and their families. Laura’s passion is being the voice to help those who are trapped and those who have lost the fight when they tried to leave an abusive relationship. It takes a strong and committed person to tell his/her own life story to spread the message that there is help and hope for those in need, but Laura has made it her mission to do so.
The Bank of Nashville Team
In late 2016, The Bank of Nashville (TBON) team focused its Here Matters efforts on raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Light the Night Walk” by fielding a corporate walk team. Last year, TBON raised almost $5,000, achieving the rank of top financial institution and placing ninth overall for corporate teams. To surpass that mark, TBON leaders developed a bank-wide team member engagement plan with the goal of having fun while raising more money. A lofty goal of $20,000 was set and cross-functional teams were formed, including team members from retail, private wealth, commercial real estate, mortgage, and commercial banking. Cornhole tournaments, game nights, and a Chili Fiesta helped TBON raise more than $18,000, earning the rank of number two in overall fundraising.
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