When the Wells Fargo Stage pulled into town last week it was carrying a strong box filled with cash awards for local non-profit organizations.
Wells Fargo claims some 650 Community Bank team members in the state of Alaska. According to John Hoyt, Wells Fargo District President of the Kenai Peninsula and Prince William Sound, these employees are involved with a non-profit organization in some fashion or form, "It's a huge commitment that these members make in addition to working and raising families and we at Wells Fargo like to reward that," said Hoyt at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce. Hoyt said in the state of Alaska, Wells Fargo will contribute between 2.1 to 2.2 million dollars to non-profit agencies in the year 2003. Nationally, Hoyt says it will be in excess of $120 million dollars.
The Volunteer Service award is one of the programs Wells Fargo uses to distribute funds to non-profits. The employee nominates an organization, generally one that they volunteer with, and the award is given based on the impact that organization has in their area. Statewide, $22,000 was targeted for Alaska, with half that amount coming to the Kenai Peninsula, according to Hoyt.
Bridges, a local non-profit organization, was nominated by Kathy Gensel, Wells Fargo Retail Manager for Kenai and Soldotna, and was chosen for a $1,000 award. "Bridges is one of the organizations I'm involved with and that's where I wanted the award to go if I won. Even as a Bank Officer with National Bank of Alaska, it was an unwritten rule that you would be involved outside of the bank with a community group or non-profit organization, but with Wells Fargo it's a written rule. Part of my job is to be involved with the community in whatever way I can," said Gensel.
Shari Daugherty, a Personal Banker with Wells Fargo in Homer, was given a paid month off to work with Share the Spirit. Her nomination won a $10,000 cash award for the Homer Share the Spirit organization. "These are the communities in which we live and work and its part of being a good community member," said Hoyt.
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