Paraquad Nominated in Regions Bank's “What a Difference a Day Makes” Online Vote
ST. LOUIS, Mo. Nineteen nonprofit organizations throughout the communities served by Regions Bank will receive volunteer hours from Regions associates and financial support from the company as part of Regions' annual “What a Difference a Day Makes” program.
Locally, Paraquad and St. Louis will receive at least 50 volunteer service hours from Regions associates and a $500 grant from the bank. In addition, Paraquad is competing in the online What a Difference a Day Makes Grant Award Contest. The winner of the online vote will receive 100 volunteer hours from Regions associates and a $5,000 grant from the company.
Leaders from each of the 19 markets served by Regions selected a nonprofit from their area to be highlighted and to compete in the vote. In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act, each of the organizations nominated serve people with disabilities.
“We believe in the mission of Paraquad, and we have seen the dedication, commitment, and remarkable services provided by Paraquad's staff (and volunteers,” said Nancy Barnes-Ault, Marketing Manager, Midwest Region, of Regions Bank. “Our goal is to raise awareness of the impact that Paraquad has in our community, and this online vote gives the public a great opportunity to join us in our support. With just a few clicks of a mouse, your vote can go a long way toward supporting the people served by Paraquad.”
If Paraquad wins the online vote, Paraquad plans to increase accessibility of the homes of people with disabilities, support youth outings, and build raised-bed, accessible gardens.
Online visitors can learn more about the mission of Paraquad and other contestants by visiting the “What a Difference a Day Makes” program landing page at www.regionsbanknews.com/makeadifference. Visitors can then vote for their favorite nonprofit. Online voting will take place throughout the month of June, concluding at 11:59 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Voters should be at least 18 years of age to participate and are encouraged to vote as often as once a day.
Regions Bank works closely with organizations that advocate for people with disabilities in order to actively recruit and retain associates with disabilities and to ensure that customers with disabilities can bank independently, with ease, and on their own terms.
“Raising awareness about the daily challenges people with disabilities face, the progress that has been made, and the work yet to be done is crucially important,” explained Kathy Lovell, Americans with Disabilities Act manager for Regions Bank. “At Regions, we believe in supporting those who make the community a better place to live. What a Difference a Day Makes shines a light on these tremendous organizations. We will supply the funds and the sweat equity. But, more importantly, the public can learn more about these difference makers and the vital services they provide in our communities.”
The What a Difference a Day Makes Grant Award Contest is part of Regions' ongoing What a Difference a Day Makes program, a unique, company-wide initiative in which Regions provides every associate a paid day off to volunteer in their community. In the inaugural 2014 What a Difference a Day Makes contest, 19 organizations received more than 76,000 online votes. The winner, the North Little Rock Community Farm in Arkansas, was celebrated with a school pep rally, a $5,000 check presentation and volunteer work from Regions associates.