BB&T boosts police outreach to youth

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The Wilson Police Athletic League benefited twice from BB&T’s benevolent intentions.

Earlier this summer, bank employees volunteered at a football and cheerleading camp. Now the project was selected with five others for a financial boost as a BB&T Lighthouse Project Spirit Award recipient.

“Our team was so honored to work alongside the people at the Wilson Police Department Athletic/Activities League,” said Heather Short, credit services assistant vice president for BB&T. “They do such important work in our community. We’re even more excited that they’ve been chosen as a Spirit Award recipient and can receive additional funding from BB&T.”

The bank with local roots started the BB&T Lighthouse Projects in 2009, donating more than 475,000 service hours to more than 9,000 community projects across the company’s footprint. Employees pitch the ideas to bank supervisors and projects are selected based on community needs. The June football and cheerleading camp assistance was just one such local Lighthouse Project.

Once each branch completes the annual projects, online voters select three Spirit Award recipients and the BB&T Executive Management Team picks another three with all six honorees receiving an additional $5,000 donation.

“The Wilson Police Department is honored to have been chosen by volunteers to be selected as a BB&T Lighthouse Project Spirit Award recipient,” said Wilson Police Chief Thomas Hopkins. “The officers and volunteers worked hard to ensure everyone involved had a good time at the camps.”

While the specific use for the $5,000 donation has not been decided, the money will go toward the PAL camps and activities that serve about 800 local youth each year. The PAL programs are offered at no cost to participants thanks to support from local businesses, civic organizations and individuals.

To donate to Wilson’s Police Athletic League, contact the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or send a check to the department at 120 Goldsboro St. E, Wilson, NC 27893 with “Police Athletic League” in the memo line.

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