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BB&T Lighthouse Project: One last service project in the ARCpark

Three volunteers from the BB&T Lighthouse Project visited ARC for one final service project. The crew set aside four hours to stain raw wood planters and parts of the stage in the ARCpark. Project co-chair Brittani Gill said scheduling conflicts reduced the turnout to her and two other members.


“We’re going to make it happen with just us three,” she said, smiling.

Gill said this project is important to the team as a wrap-up because the park is a place that people with and without disabilities can experience together.

“We love that it is open to the entire community,” she said. “Everyone can come out and enjoy.”

BB&T Lighthouse Project Gives Back

Volunteers from the BB&T Lighthouse Project served home-style Italian lunch fare to more than 50 individuals employed in ARC’s production facility on Westwood Avenue. Nearly a dozen BB&T volunteers in aprons and gloves plated spaghetti, salad, bread, cookies and iced tea in a staff appreciation luncheon held Wednesday.

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Project co-chair Brittani Gill said it was amazing to be able to show these individuals their work does not go unnoticed.

“We want them to know people in this community have their back,” she said.

Gill said even the food demonstrated this support; Joe’s Inn provided the meal at a reduced rate to support a local cause.

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The BB&T crew decorated the tables and strung up a signed banner thanking workers. Green dots were placed under chairs at random – individuals seated in those spots took home gift bags from BB&T.

For volunteer Jenny Fisher, it was an awesome experience.

“It’s great to give back to people who are giving to the community every day,” she said.

BB&T Volunteers Partner with ARC to Make a Difference

Members of BB&T's Lighthouse Project, now in its eighth year, recently volunteered at the Greater Richmond ARC's ARCpark, a 2.4 acre handicap-accessible park for all ages and abilities at 3600 Saunders Avenue that opened last year. Their all-hands-on-deck effort included light landscaping such as spreading mulch.

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"We want every one of our associates physically working in their communities to make a tangible difference in people's lives, ” said BB& T Chairman and CEO Kelly King.

Left to Right: Mary Catherine Ross, Brittani Gill, Emily Lehmann and Ginny Slack.

Left to Right: Mary Catherine Ross, Brittani Gill, Emily Lehmann and Ginny Slack.

In addition, BB& T volunteers helped at ARC's recent Ladybug fundraiser, purchased recreational equipment and  arts & crafts supplies for ARC’s Camp Baker summer camp program, and are hosting a luncheon in June for ARC Employment Services participants.

Left to Right: Brittani Gill and Ginny Slack.

Left to Right: Brittani Gill and Ginny Slack.

BB&T Lighthouse Project spruces up ARC’s Camp Baker in Chesterfield County

Green isn't just about the money.

BB&T Lighthouse Project spruces up ARC's Camp Baker in Chesterfield County

RICHMOND, Va. (June 28, 2012) For the third consecutive year, BB&T employees went out into their communities to take part in the BB&T Lighthouse Project, a company-wide community service effort held annually in May and June. BB&T employees are able to fulfill the Company's mission to make the communities we serve better places to live by lending a helping hand to those in need of hope and encouragement during this time of economic instability and insecurity.

For the second time in three years, BB&T's Commercial Lending Team in Richmond selected the Greater Richmond ARC for its 2012 Lighthouse Project. This year landscaping service was provided to ARC's CampBaker facility in Chesterfield County, Va. According to Doug Roth, BB&T Senior Vice President and Area Executive, We believe wholeheartedly in supporting the community. But we're not simply cutting checks; we believe in getting out, working together and participating in hands-on projects for worthy causes.

Do they mind getting their hands a little dirty in the process? Laughing, Roth answered, Not at all. This is why we like it so much.

Eighteen BB&T employees worked for two days sprucing up CampBaker with new Japanese Hollies, Hydrangeas, Hostas, Gardenias and ornamental grasses, first on June 22nd and finishing the project on June 28th. Hudgins Landscaping & Nursery of Moseley, Va., provided the plants and greenery at a discount, which were planted around CampBaker's Price House and the Camp's main lodge. The old shrubs and plants were not simply discarded, however; they were pulled up re-planted in areas around the camp that previously had no greenery.

We are very grateful for the hard work BB&T has put forth at CampBaker and are honored to once again be selected for BB&T's Lighthouse Project, said Quintin Mitchell, Vice President of Developmental Services at the Greater Richmond ARC. The staff and campers now have fresh, green landscaping to enhance the CampBaker experience.