More than 500 community members transformed the First Coast during Generation WORKS, a one-day Generation W event presented by Deutsche Bank. Volunteers – including more than 200 from the bank – painted, washed, wired and worked at 16 area schools, nonprofits and community organizations, among them Angelwood, Clara White Mission, HabiJax, Hubbard House, JASMYN, Rethreaded and Sulzbacher.
At JASYMN, 923 Peninsular Place, more than two dozen Deutsche Bank employees spent the morning of Feb. 2 in campus beautification painting a community area inside, restocking the food pantry and adding donations from the financial institution, gardening and repairing a privacy fence around the property. This was the third year in a row bank associates worked at the nonprofit’s Brooklyn office across the street from Riverside Park.
“This is an extraordinarily powerful partnership,” said Loretta Prescott, new director of development at JASYMN (Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network), about Generation W and Deutsche Bank. “Over the years, volunteers have helped us grow in immeasurable ways, not just physically on our campus, but to bring our programs out to the community, to engage more people in the support and nurturing of this organization.”
Prescott said volunteers regularly stock and organize the food pantry, bring products for the hygiene pantry, help with fundraising and attend events. “Deutsche Bank is a great partner across the board. They help with several different events, the Strides for Pride, Coming Out Day Breakfast and have a really active employee resource group for LGBTQ folks…they’re just engaged in all these ways,” she said.
Generation W is a Jacksonville-based a nationally-recognized organization focused on the education, inspiration and connection of women and girls in the service of building community.