Our purpose to help make financial lives better, through the power of every connection, extends far beyond the four walls of our company and into the communities we serve around the world.
We have partnered with Special Olympics for more than 30 years to advance inclusion – on and off the field. Through the power of sports, Special Olympics helps people with intellectual disabilities to discover new strengths, skills and successes, both on the playing field and in life. Our employees are passionate about supporting Special Olympics athletes and have donated nearly 50,000 volunteer hours to the organization since 2010. In addition, our Support Services team includes athletes who have competed in the Special Olympics games at local, national and global levels.
We also partner with organizations that create innovative solutions for individuals with disabilities. For example, we recently teamed up with the Metrolina Association for the Blind to install navigation technology in Charlotte, N.C., which gives people who are blind or visually impaired a greater sense of freedom. The Bluetooth-enabled system transmits location data via mobile app and provides audible location descriptions, allowing people who are blind or visually impaired to navigate the city independently. These devices are now in place at our financial centers and ATMs in uptown Charlotte and soon they will be installed in over 100 bus stops, 200 local businesses and the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.