In a special ceremony at the executive mansion, SunTrust was awarded the 2017 Virginia Governor's Award for Volunteerism and Community Service. SunTrust won the Corporate Award from nominated companies with more than 500 employees. Mortgage President and CEO Dorinda Smith and Virginia President John Stallings accepted the award.
The awards are presented annually, chosen by the Office on Volunteerism and Community Services, in partnership with the Governor's Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism and the Virginia Service Foundation. These organizations are charged by the governor with recognizing Virginians who have significantly contributed to the life and welfare of the commonwealth and its citizens.
SunTrust was recognized for its 2016 contributions and volunteerism as well as the lasting impact made by SunTrust efforts to light the way to financial well-being, the onUp Movement and our efforts to help people reduce financial stress and take steps toward financial confidence.
In Virginia, more than 800 SunTrust teammates gave over 38,000 hours community service. Within that total, more than 2,900 hours were spent delivering financial literacy to Virginia students through Junior Achievement. More than 330 teammate volunteers taught more than 6,000 individual Virginia K-12 students.
SunTrust was also recognized for its support of veterans. In June of 2016 Mortgage donated a mortgage-free home to a deserving wounded warrior, working in concert with the Military Warriors Support Foundation. In addition to supporting the home donation, teammates volunteered for the Fisher House, the McGuire Veterans Trauma Center and Operation Homefront at Fort Lee.
SunTrust teammates raised and pledged $1 million to the Greater Richmond and Petersburg United Way in 2016, in addition to providing thousands of hours of volunteer service to local area agencies including Virginia Supportive Housing, FeedMore, Catholic Charities, CARITAS, Sacred Heart Center, Goodwill, the YWCA, Grace Place, Southside Child Development Center, Health Brigade, Meals on Wheels and more.
Finally, SunTrust administered three significant grants to financial education and neighborhood stabilization to help foster sustainable home ownership in Virginia. SunTrust worked with LISC of Virginia, the Up Center in Hampton Roads and HOME in Richmond as well as Christiansburg based CHIP (Community Housing Partners, Inc.) to augment thousands of volunteer hours, given to housing community-specific organizations including Homeward, Partnership for Housing Affordability, Habitat for Humanity, Project HOME and Southside Community Development.