Days of giv­ing

The Covington News - - Local - Staff Re­ports

Al­covy Court Ap­pointed Spe­cial Ad­vo­cates for Chil­dren of Cov­ing­ton has re­ceived a $1,000 grant from Wells Fargo’s Rock­dale Main branch through the com­pany’s Days of Giv­ing pro­gram.

The group was among 44 south and east At­lanta metro groups hon­ored at a com­mu­nity break­fast re­cently at Clay­ton State Uni­ver­sity’s Stu­dent Ac­tiv­i­ties Cen­ter in Mor­row.

Across At­lanta, team mem­bers in the com­pany’s nearly 200 bank stores, and those in other busi­ness lines, se­lected 240 groups in all that were de­liv­er­ing vi­tal ser­vices in their lo­cal ar­eas for the honor. The pro­gram has been ex­panded by a third since last year.

The do­na­tions to the groups were dis­trib­uted at five com­mu­nity break­fasts in Novem­ber in­clud­ing the one in Mor­row. The com­pany be­gan the pro­gram in At­lanta last year and in 2010 is ex­pand­ing it by a third. Be­fore the pro­gram, the com­pany had typ­i­cally not helped the groups.

The Days of Giv­ing pro­gram came about as a re­sult of the com­bi­na­tion of Wells Fargo and Wa­chovia, said Deb­bie Dick­in­son, district man­ager for Rock­dale Coun- ty. The con­tri­bu­tions help mark the changeover of Wa­chovia fi­nan­cial cen­ters to Wells Fargo bank stores across the state in late Oc­to­ber.

“A hall­mark of Wells Fargo is lo­cal de­ci­sion­mak­ing and lo­cal in­volve­ment,” Dick­in­son said. “We’ll con­tinue to make grants of all sizes, but through Days of Giv­ing we’re con­nect­ing with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in a whole new way.”

Across At­lanta Wells Fargo has 5,000 em­ploy­ees and serves half of all At­lanta house­holds. It will make a to­tal of $5 mil­lion in con­tri­bu­tions to some 500 groups across Ge­or­gia in 2010.

Sub­mit­ted photo/The Cov­ing­ton News

Gen­er­ous grants: James Killman of Al­covy CASA (Court Ap­pointed Spe­cial Ad­vo­cates for Chil­dren) of Cov­ing­ton with Phyl­lis Wood­house of Wells Fargo’s Rock­dale Main bank lo­ca­tion, whose em­ploy­ees chose the group for a $1,000 grant through the com­pany’s Days of Giv­ing pro­gram. Across At­lanta Wells Fargo team mem­bers se­lected 240 groups for the $1,000 grants to help mark the com­pany’s of­fi­cial ar­rival in the At­lanta area.

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