The Wells Fargo Kenai branch celebrated the season of giving last week by hosting an open house for their customers that highlighted their story of local volunteerism and giving back to local non-profit service agencies. “At Wells Fargo we have the unique combination of national reach and local teams who are able to respond to our customers and communities quickly, as if we were a fraction of our size. We differentiate ourselves by delivering superior value and choice with financial products and services that resonate with our customers. While our customers use and enjoy the many channels of technology we offer, we know how valuable it is to have face to face interaction. Our stores remain central to our strategy of providing excellent service and meeting our customer’s financial needs. Stores are one part of our overall distribution strategy that focuses on serving our customers when, where and how they want to be served. We’re organized like a small company because we make decisions at a local level. We know it’s important to stay close to our customers here in Kenai, to understand your needs and provide great service.
Wells Fargo is only as strong as the communities we serve. There’s never been a striving bank in a struggling community. That’s why we’ve invested more than $40,000 in 20 nonprofits in the Kenai Peninsula this year, and a total of 1.6 million dollars across the state. These funding decisions are made locally with input from our community advisory boards,” said Kenai branch manager Sarah Focose. According to Focose 16 local team members in Kenai personally donated $4,300 during our annual Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign in September. At the open house the Kenai branch team presented the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula with a check for $3,000 and The LeeShore Center with a $1,000 dollar check. “Nationally, our corporate giving increased 48% to the tune of 315.8 million dollars in 2012, making Wells Fargo the #1 corporate donor in America. But it’s not just about corporate philanthropy. Our team members are actively involved in the community, serving on boards and volunteering for community service projects. That’s the most important investment we can make,” said Focose.