The nonprofits are all located in communities served by Regions Bank throughout the South, Midwest and Texas. Each nonprofit is featured in an online profile under the “Make a Difference” tab on www.regionsbanknews.com.The contest is one component of Regions’ ongoing “What a Difference a Day Makes” program, a company-wide initiative in which Regions provides each of its associates a paid day off each year to volunteer in their community. Leaders from each of the 19 markets Regions serves selected a nonprofit to be highlighted and to compete in the vote. Nonprofits were chosen based on a variety of factors, including community impact and the ability to effectively use the volunteer hours and financial support provided by Regions and its associates. The North Little Rock Community Farm serves as both a school farm and a community garden. It was founded and is managed by EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) Initiative students at North Little Rock High School’s Freshman Campus. Students work with adult leadership to manage the garden and share healthy foods with people across the community. “The North Little Rock Community Farm is a great example of how a group of students with a tremendous vision can make lives better,” said Lynn Wright, Arkansas area president for Regions Bank. “The determination of these young people to serve the community is truly a gift. Regions Bank is proud to award 100 volunteer hours and $5,000 to the North Little Rock Community Farm so the students’ garden – and their vision – can continue to grow.” With the grand prize, the North Little Rock Community Farm expects to improve its garden facility and share food with additional neighbors in need. “This contest has been a fantastic opportunity for the North Little Rock Community Farm to share its story,” said K.J. Kite, North Little Rock High School EAST Facilitator. “We plan to build a shed for our garden and take our farm mobile to serve surrounding communities identified as food deserts. I cannot begin to explain how the contest has ignited our community and our kids. We are so grateful to Regions for taking an interest not just in our community, but in all communities.”
In 2013, Regions associates reported more than 28,000 community service hours provided to a wide variety of organizations as part of “What a Difference a Day Makes.”About Regions Financial Corporation Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF), with $118 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and is one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, mortgage, and insurance products and services. Regions serves customers in 16 states across the South, Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates approximately 1,700 banking offices and 2,000 ATMs. Additional information about Regions and its full line of products and services can be found at www.regions.com.