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Monarch, BB&T partner to brighten smiles and lives

Volunteer pix - BBT SEIC - Gia and Yanina2Employees from BB&T Operations in Lumberton have teamed up with Monarch to put smiles on the faces of the people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who attend Monarch’s Southeastern Industrial Center (SEIC) day program in Robeson County.

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For the last several weeks, bank employees have spent a few hours, 3-4 days each week to help revitalize SEIC through BB&T’s Lighthouse Project, a company-wide community service initiative that allows BB&T employees to give back to their local communities. First, the volunteers painted the cafeteria a beautiful bright yellow.  Participants of the program and Monarch staff are elated with the new wall color – and the transformation. The volunteers are also converting a vacant space into an arts and crafts studio to further broaden the range of activities for the people supported. They plan to furnish some equipment and to provide additional cosmetic updates, including some new flooring and organizers.

“Throughout the years, staff from BB&T in Lumberton have donated Christmas bags to the people we support at SEIC. We have always been grateful for their generosity,” said Danny Wilson, Monarch program director. “When we were contacted by them most recently about the BB&T Lighthouse Project, we were blown away by their tremendous kindness and offer to help touch up and revitalize our facility. The positive impact to the building, the staff and people who attend our day programs in Lumberton is priceless. We are grateful for their bighearted efforts.”

The volunteers shared similar sentiments about their service work at Monarch and how the project has, in Volunteer pix - BBT SEIC - Heather Stacey Kimberlyturn, positively impacted them.

“The pleasure was all ours,” shared Kimberly Wilkins, a Lumberton-based BB&T employee who worked among the volunteers at Monarch. “We wanted to work with Monarch because of the great work they do and we are proud to team up with them and help in any way we can. I think, I can safely say, we all had a great time. We are grateful to work for such a great company that allows us time to go out and participate in our communities.”

BB&T associates have donated more than 200,000 hours in volunteer service and affected the lives of approximately six million people as part of the BB&T Lighthouse Project, since its inception in 2009.  Associates overwhelmingly voted to bring back the initiative this year.  For more information about the Lighthouse Project, go to

About BB&T
BB&T Corporation (NYSE: BBT) is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S. with $183.9 billion in assets and market capitalization of $20.4 billion, as of Dec. 31, 2012. Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., the company operates approximately 1,830 financial centers in 12 states and Washington, D.C., and offers a full range of consumer and commercial banking, securities brokerage, asset management, mortgage and insurance products and services. A Fortune 500 company, BB&T is consistently recognized for outstanding client satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Greenwich Associates and others. More information about BB&T and its full line of products and services is available at

About Monarch
Established in 1958, Monarch provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse challenges from more than 50 North Carolina counties. The agency is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) and is CABHA certified. Monarch, which operates The Arc of Stanly County, is an affiliate chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch is “Helping Dreams Take Flight” for people living in our communities, please call (800) 230-7525 or visit To learn more about Monarch’s volunteer program, contact Eileen Bress, volunteer and community coordinator, at (252) 634-1715 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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