At U.S. Bank, we believe Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day on, not a day off.
Over the past year, our African American Business Resource Group set out to perform 50 acts of kindness, joining the world in commemorating Dr. King on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.
“Our goal was to raise awareness in ourselves and each other, that our intentional acts, large and small, are significant, meaningful and the best way to connect with our fellow community members to rise up, seek understanding and move forward together,” said Curtis Hicks, a Fair and Responsible Banking compliance manager with U.S. Bank in Charlotte and community involvement coordinator for the bank’s virtual African American BRG nationwide. “We must be inspired to act and to inspire others to do the same, creating a wave of kindness and service worldwide.”
Here’s a sample of those acts:
“I had the opportunity to speak to a class at the Merrick Community Organization. This organization provides services to low-income individuals in East St. Paul. The class is part of a four-week training program to transition into work in the construction field. I had the pleasure of speaking with them about soft skills. We discussed what soft skills are, and how they can be used in any career. It was a very engaged and interactive discussion – and a lot of fun.”
Crystal Hill, Fair and Responsible Banking Manager, Minneapolis
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“I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers. With our support, they are able to achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and for their families. I feel so blessed to volunteer with an organization that will serve more people than ever before through decent and affordable housing.”
Brittny Ferguson, Branch Manager, San Diego
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“I helped welcome young new and returning students of Marquette University back to campus with a cookout to help take the ease off being away from home. It was a great opportunity to mentor the next generation of young leaders.”
Nkozi Knight, Mortgage Branch Operations Manager, Brookfield, Wisconsin
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“I had the pleasure of helping second- and fourth-graders understand the importance of financial literacy. I surprised the students with U.S. Bank swag for their active participation, good behavior and overall interaction. It's amazing how smart our kids can be if you just take a little time to invest in them!”
Timika Cole, Senior Vice President of Recovery and Loss Prevention, Owensboro, Kentucky
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Written by Arielle Goldberg with photo by Karen Gutierrez of U.S. Bank. Diversity and inclusion is a core component of the bank's approach to corporate social responsibility, Community Possible.