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BB&T Picks RLS for 2012 Lighthouse Project

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BB&T Picks RLS for 2012 Lighthouse Project


RLS won the corporate philanthropy sweepstakes when the Fredericksburg area branches of BB&T combined to focus their generosity on our organization in this year's BB&T Lighthouse Project. The scope of their efforts has really been quite staggering leaving all of us at RLS incredibly grateful to have such a caring community partner.


Executive and Program Director of RLS and BB&T Employees

Pictured from left to right: Brenda Haun, Vice President and Financial Center Leader, Fredericksburg Main Branch; Ann Kloeckner, Executive Director, RLS; Teri Drakopulos, Program Director, RLS; Cathy Maynard, Sales and Service Leader, Vice President Central VA Region


Beginning in late spring and continuing through the summer months, BB&T employees donated more than 80 hours of service performing a wide range of jobs that utterly transformed our office space. One of the largest projects took place in the file room where volunteers waded through more than a dozen file cabinets removing years of old materials and reorganizing the space. Upon completion of that mammoth task which netted enough material to fill a 5' x 11' storage area several feet high, BB&T arranged for a shred event which facilitated the disposal of all documents quickly and efficiently in accordance with privacy protocols. Other BB&Ters performed gardening miracles on the small patch in front of our office, sorted through and removed outdated books from our law library creating much-needed extra space for our own employees and volunteers, took inventory of all our office equipment and much more.


In addition to the human capital they provided over the course of the project, BB&T donated material goods to the cause. They purchased a brand new, state-of-the-art copier/scanner/fax/printer so impressive that odes have been written about its marvelous capabilities by our enthralled staff members! Four brand new (working!) shredders arrived at about the same time. And if all that were not enough, BB&T donated an array of high-quality office furnishings that lend a more professional air to the office than the worn and mismatched pieces they replaced. A visit by Molly Maids courtesy of BB&T topped off the makeover with lemony freshness that prompted all who entered the office to pause and breathe it in. Each and every one of these improvements would have been far beyond our reach given our lean budget reality, and together they have made an overwhelming difference in our world and our work.


No amount of thanks can properly convey our gratitude for the remarkable efforts of BB&T. Our appreciation is vast and will live on in our memories for many years to come. Thank you to every single volunteer who gave of their time and talents, and special kudos to Brenda Haun and Cathy Maynard for organizing the project and making it happen.


Exerpt from one staff member's ode to the copier/scanner/fax/printer donated by BB&T:

Ode to the fax machine stating that it had the employee at "hello"

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