125 Little Ways to Make a Big Difference

Columbia, SC - “125 Little Ways to Make a Big Difference” is a program through which Synovus Bank team members are reaching out to the communities we serve and saying thanks for their partnerships and support during our 125th Anniversary Celebration. Our goal is to touch 125 organizations company-wide during October by donating 125 items or volunteering 125 hours.

The Original Six Foundation (statewide book drive) – South Carolina team members donated over 1,600 gently used and/or new books to be given to rural county area libraries, schools and after-school programs. We also help in the sorting efforts of the thousands of books collected across the state. NBSC was recognized by Governor Nikki Haley during her press conference on Thursday, September 26.

Spirit Squad Challenge Food Drive – Midland area branches are partnering with WACH-TV and local high schools to support several area food banks. Donations of non-perishable food items are being collected in 16 branches. The food drive continues through November and donations will be made to the following:

Columbia/Lexington branches – Harvest Hope Food Bank
Camden branch – Christian Community Ministries (additionally, the Camden branch has collected/donated over $600 for another local food pantry, Food for the Soul)
Sumter/Manning branches – United Ministries
Bishopville branch – Lee County Cooperative Ministry

Upstate Food Drive – Area branches are partnering with WHNS-TV to support several local food banks. Donations of non-perishable food items are being collected in six branches. The food drive continues through November and donations will be made to the following:

Anderson branch – Anderson Interfaith Ministries
Greenville Main and Wade Hampton branches – United Ministries
Greer branch – Greer Relief
Spartanburg Main and Reidville Road branches – Total Ministries of Spartanburg

United Way Day of Action – Coordinated by our Commercial Credit Center, 27 team members in Columbia contributed 81 hours of volunteer work on Friday, September 20. Some team members helped to pack and sort food items at Harvest Hope Food Bank while others painted the exterior of the gym at Carolina Children’s Home, a local home serving the needs of mentally and physically challenged children.

United Way Day of Caring in Charleston – Team members in Charleston participated in United Way Day of Caring on Friday, September 13. Eleven team members contributed four hours each of landscaping labor for Ashley River Creative School of the Arts.

Palmetto Health Foundation Walk/Race for Life – The NBSC Cash for Cancer team took steps against breast cancer by participating in the walk/race on Saturday, October 5. In addition to accepting donations, the NBSC team walked in honor and/or memory of loved ones named by our team members.

SC Greatest Grandparents Essay Contest – NBSC partnered with the SC State Fair and WIS-TV for the 27th Annual Greatest Grandparents Essay Contest. The bank mailed an “invitation to participate” to over 1,500 schools throughout South Carolina. Entry forms were also available at every NBSC branch and on the bank’s website. Students ages seven through 18 (three categories) were encouraged to enter by simply writing a short essay explaining why their grandmother or grandfather should be named greatest grandparent. We’ve learned that many teachers utilize this contest as a worthwhile and educational class project for their students. Entries were judged based on quality of expression, sincerity, originality and neatness. Awards were presented on Sunday, October 20 at the SC State Fair Grandstand. The six winning grandparents each received a plaque and 15” LCD flat panel television.

Back Pack Buddies – NBSC Team members in the North Coastal area are partnering with Back Pack Buddies by collecting food items to be included in student’s backpacks. This organization furnishes weekend food bags to children who might be at risk of going hungry when school is out. Our goal is to collect at least 500 items (125 per branch).

Lowcountry Food Bank – Charleston area branches, Meeting Street, Mt. Pleasant, West Ashley and Summerville are collecting non-perishable food items for the local food bank.

Hanahan Elementary School – The Charlestowne Square branch in Charleston is collecting school supplies for a local elementary school. The goal is to collect at least 125 items.

Windwood Farm Home for Children – The James Island and Goose Creek branches have partnered with Windwood Farm, a home specifically for abused and neglected boys. Team members are collecting donations that will be used to help provide resources for this needy cause.

Charleston Animal Society – Team members of the Daniel Island branch in Charleston are collecting pet items to be donated to the local animal society. The goal is to collect at least 125 items.

Reading to Children – Team members from the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton branches have committed to read at least 125 books to children throughout the area during the month of October. They are partnering with the Boys & Girls Club, The Children’s Center, Island Recreation Association, and local elementary schools.

Main Street Battle For Blood – NBSC is a sponsor and donation location for the American Red Cross 3rd Annual Battle for Blood event to be held Tuesday, November 5. The NBSC Main Office Building in Columbia will be one of four donation centers during the blood drive.

Salvation Army – Team members at the two Florence branches are collecting gently used clothes to be donated. Their goal is to collect at least 250 items. They have also agreed to adopt two families during the holidays.

"Random Acts of Kindness" – Rock Hill team members have committed to perform 125 random acts of kindness. This includes sending thank you notes to customers who are military veterans, collecting pop tabs to recycle with proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House, ringing the Salvation Army bell during the holidays, fundraising for children with autism, collecting items for elementary school students, and giving to the homeless and patients in a local rehab center.