Christopher, his daughter Amber and their family moved into a Habitat for Humanity home as part of U.S. Bank’s support of Home is the Key Campaign.

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We are committed to supporting our communities in the areas of Work, Home and Play.

At U.S. Bank, we are dedicated to supporting our communities through responsive and humbled actions focused on addressing racial and economic inequities and creating lasting change in our communities. Our unified giving and engagement strategy, Community Possible, focuses on creating vibrant communities in the areas of Work, Home and Play. Through Community Possible, we are partnering with organizations that focus on economic and workforce advancement, safe and affordable housing and communities connected through arts and culture.

Brittny Ferguson, U.S. Bank branch manager in San Diego, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.

A new supporter of Home is the Key, U.S. Bank has a partnered with Habitat for more than 30 years

We have been working hard to create opportunities to bridge gaps, generate economic prosperity, and help people achieve their potential. One way we do this is through our partnership with Habitat for Humanity(opens new window), a nonprofit in affordable housing. U.S. Bank has supported Habitat’s mission to build or improve places to call home in our communities for more than 30 years including through philanthropic grants, U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation (USBCDC) investments and volunteerism.

In 2020, U.S. Bank Foundation augmented this longstanding partnership through a national commitment to Habitat’s annual Home is the Key campaign, becoming Home is the Key’s first financial services partner. Each year, this media campaign drives visibility and donor and volunteer support of Habitat’s efforts to improve shelter for 650,000 people nationally. In addition to funding Home is the Key, U.S. Bank mobilized more than 9,000 employees to learn more about Habitat through an internal engagement campaign.

$125Mdonated since inception to local Habitat for Humanity affiliates.

Between charitable contributions and investments, U.S. Bank has provided more than $125 million to local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, helping build and renovate thousands of homes. Additionally, Habitat is among the top choices for employee volunteerism each year.

U.S. Army Veteran Leilani White and family received a new car from U.S. Bank and Freedom Alliance.
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U.S. Bank gifts
vehicles to 14 families for Veterans Day

For U.S. Army veteran, Leilani White, a donated vehicle is a reliable transport to medical therapy, a backseat entertainment system for four young children and a shopping cart for fresh food from local farmers markets.

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She received a Chrysler Pacifica from U.S. Bank as part of a program in which it donates vehicles, including 14 around Veterans Day, and homes to veterans with nonprofits Freedom Alliance and Operation Homefront.

White enlisted in the Army in June 2001, with the intention of serving her country while instilling values, such as discipline, into her adulthood. Three months later, 9/11 happened, and soon she was deployed among the first waves in Afghanistan, tasked with setting up infrastructure, like postal service capabilities.

Today, White manages post-traumatic stress, as well as physical disabilities, while living civilian life in Morrow, Georgia, with her husband and four children who range in age from five to 12. Before receiving the vehicle donation, their reliance on public transportation and rideshares strained finances and family time (not to mention causing safety concerns amid the pandemic).

“It’s our privilege to give back to veterans, like Leilani,” said Tim Welsh, vice chair of Consumer and Business Banking at U.S. Bank, the division that manages the donation programs. “Veterans and their families make incredible sacrifices in service to our country, and we’re proud to be able to honor them in this way.”

U.S. Bank, which was recently recognized by Military Times as the No. 3 employer for veterans in the United States, has donated 22 mortgage-free homes and 22 debt-free vehicles to veterans in need since 2013.

Young Storytellers received a grant and a PPP loan from U.S. Bank to help support its shift to virtual programming.
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For many arts nonprofits, the show moved online

“The Office” alumni Paul Lieberstein, Oscar Nuñez and Craig Robinson returned to primetime in spring of 2020 for the world premiere of a stage play about dentists who compete in a series of comical challenges in a quest to secure a promotion from their boss.

As the hilarity unfolded on Zoom and YouTube, “The Dentist Competition” playwright, Quentin Chatman, watched at home with his dad. The performance was a trip down memory lane for the 14-year-old, who wrote the play as a fifth grader in 2015.

$7Min charitable contributions dedicated to arts, culture and recreation nonprofits.

The performance was part of programming put on by Los Angeles nonprofit Young Storytellers(opens new window), which uses storytelling to help elementary, middle and high school students explore their creativity, set goals and build confidence. It has impacted more than 15,000 students since its founding in 1997.

Its programming typically takes place in classrooms, but that has not been possible as schools closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Through its new The Story Clubhouse(opens new window) program, the nonprofit has been tapping famous actors and actresses to volunteer to perform plays written by its students.

To help Young Storytellers adapt, U.S. Bank has donated a $10,000 grant and helped the organization secure a $130,000 loan through the SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The grant is helping it create infrastructure to digitize services, and the loan has provided a lifeline to keep its nine full-time and two part-time employees.

The Young Storytellers grant is among $7 million in recent funding from U.S. Bank dedicated to arts, culture and recreation nonprofits. It’s part of the company’s giving platform Community Possible focused on supporting organizations in the areas of Work, Home and, in this case, Play.