Non-profit organizations in Birmingham and Huntsville are among the winners of Regions Bank's "What a Difference a Day Makes" online contest.
The bank announced the results today.
Second Helpings, an Indianapolis, Ind.-based nonprofit providing hunger relief, preventing food waste and offering free culinary job training, took the grand prize.
Birmingham's Community Food Bank of Central Alabama and Huntsville's Boys and Girls Clubs of North Alabama took second and third place.
Palmer Home for Children, based in Columbus, Miss., was fourth.
Second Helpings will receive a $5,000 contribution from Regions as well as 100 hours of volunteer service from Regions associates. The second, third and fourth-place finishers will receive $1,000 from Regions and at least 50 hours of volunteer work from Regions associates.
All of the 12 non-profits that participated will receive various levels of volunteer hours and a financial contribution from the bank.
Regions developed the "What a Difference a Day Makes" contest to raise awareness of essential services provided by nonprofits throughout the communities served by the bank. During the contest, Regions published online profiles sharing the stories of each participating nonprofit on the company's news website. Members of the public who read the profiles could then vote once each day for their favorites.
The "What a Difference a Day Makes" program, which is celebrating 10 years of service, gives all Regions associates a paid day off each year to volunteer for nonprofits of their choice.
"Our culture at Regions is built on serving others," said Rick Swagler, head of External Affairs for Regions Bank. "That extends beyond serving our customers and includes meeting broader needs in our communities as well. Our goal is to use our time, our talents and our financial resources to strengthen and improve the places we call home."
This year's contest included 16 nonprofits that were nominated locally from each of the geographic areas served by Regions across the Southeast, Midwest and Texas....Read more