More than 1,800 BBVA Compass employees -- plus another 250 friends and family members -- joined their BBVA co-workers across the globe to participate in the bank’s Week of Volunteering September 24-30. Employees across the footprint participated in 189 individual events, including Habitat for Humanity projects, food bank initiatives, community clean up efforts, and financial education workshops for individuals and small businesses.
While this year marks the bank’s first global Week of Service, volunteerism is nothing new to BBVA Compass employees. In 2017 alone, more than 4,000 team members logged nearly 120,000 volunteer hours. For some employees, volunteerism is just part of what they do every day, but the Global Week of Service offered a new perspective.
Carlissa Cunningham: To know my co-workers around the globe are working on similar projects confirms our commitment that ‘We are one team.’
“To know my co-workers around the globe are working on similar projects confirms our commitment that ‘We are one team.’ It is amazing the kinds of things that are being done, and the team is encouraged to participate,” said Carlissa Cunningham, Senior Financial Sales Advisor in Birmingham. “I also love the freedom being showcased to create the event around the diverse community needs.”
As part of the bank's 2018 Global Week of Volunteering, BBVA Compass employees collaborated with the Rotary Club of Birmingham in the upkeep of Rotary Trail, an abandoned railway recently transformed into a downtown greenspace with respect to the city's past.
She added that her role in the organization equips her to participate in a variety of community events, particularly the bank’s financial education seminars. Her husband Kevin, also a BBVA Compass employee, backs up that assertion, calling his wife instrumental in organizing a number of community-oriented financial education seminars and events over the years.
Kevin Cunningham: I am proud to be involved with our chapter's efforts to participate in financial workshops and other events that promote economic development.
“She is adept as a financial expert and is eager to educate others. She often works with local organizations to get grass-roots activities developed,” said Kevin Cunningham, an engineering logistics analyst. “I'm just glad to be along for the ride! Seriously, I am proud to be involved with our chapter's efforts to participate in financial workshops and other events that promote economic development in the Birmingham and surrounding areas.”
Kevin Cunningham and his wife Carlissa actually met at a volunteer event more than 20 years ago. “ We met at a volunteer event to feed the homeless in a downtown Birmingham, Ala. park,” said Kevin Cunningham. “We still work together to help our community.”
During this year’s Global Week of Volunteering, the couple planned and participated in a variety of financial education seminars and workshops designed to meet the needs of a diverse community. The event was hosted by a BBVA Compass partner school, Carver High School. Kevin Cunningham also participated in a food pantry event in his capacity as Birmingham Volunteer Chapter President.
The Cunninghams’ strong focus on financial literacy aligns perfectly with the bank’s Center for Financial Education program which is a community-based effort designed to provide individuals and families access to financial education. In addition to providing a chance for employees to engage with the communities the bank serves, financial education workshops also help the bank earn CRA Community Development Credit.
Kevin Cunningham: [Volunteering] lifts our hearts and spirits to see the smiles and the impact on people.
As with many BBVA Compass employees who give so much of their time to volunteer efforts, Kevin Cunningham says he is inspired by the bank’s goal to create opportunities through its global footprint. “Volunteering wears us out, but it also lifts our hearts and spirits to see the smiles and the impact on people.”
BBVA Compass Houston employees spent time volunteering at a local animal shelter.
BBVA Compass employees volunteered time to the Houston Food Bank.
BBVA Compass Houston employees volunteered time to beautifying Memorial Park.
BBVA Compass Mobile, Alabama area employees helped out with a home project for the Baldwin County Habitat for Humanity chapter.
BBVA Compass Tucson area employees volunteered time to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
BBVA Compass Houston employees volunteered time to the Community Family Center's food bank.
BBVA Compass San Francisco area employees volunteered time to the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank.
BBVA Compass employee volunteers time to the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank.
BBVA Compass employees volunteer time to the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank.
BBVA Compass Brownsville, Texas employees volunteer time to coastal clean-up efforts at local beach.
BBVA Compass Brownsville, Texas employee volunteers time to coastal clean-up efforts at local beach.
BBVA Compass Birmingham employees volunteer time to their local Habitat for Humanity organization by assisting with the construction of a new home.
BBVA Compass Birmingham employees volunteer time to the Greater Birmingham Humane Society.
BBVA Compass Birmingham employee volunteers time to the Greater Birmingham Humane Society.
BBVA Compass Brownsville employee volunteers time to teaching financial literacy at a local high school.