Now in its 10th year, the BB&T Lighthouse Project is a company-wide community service effort that engages thousands of associates to address critical community needs. In 2019, BB&T associates completed nearly 1,200 community service projects including more than 84,000 volunteer hours.
Over the years, many BB&T teams have served at Crisis Assistance Ministry during their signature service days. The Furniture Build is a favorite project. This volunteer opportunity asks teams to purchase and assemble essential furniture items for those served at the agency’s Furniture Bank.
In 2019, two BB&T Lighthouse teams assembled 27 dressers. Anyone who has tried their hand at ready-to-assemble furniture knows the task can be quite a team-building exercise. Patience, communication, teamwork, and the right tools are all necessary to achieve a finished product. BB&T teams take pride in their work. They were among the first groups to sign the completed dressers as a way to connect with the neighbor who will take the item home. Often these individuals and families are overcoming homelessness or other financial crisis.
A few blocks away at Crisis Assistance Ministry’s main location, more BB&T teams got to work inspecting and preparing donated items for Free Store shoppers. Then, they stocked the store for individuals and families who shop here free-of-charge for clothing, shoes, and household items.
Last year, over 1 million items of clothing and household goods were distributed with the help of thousands of volunteers. Shifts are available Tuesday through Saturday for individuals, families, community organizations, and corporate groups.
Volunteer support like the BB&T Lighthouse projects make it possible to meet critical needs for families in our community through the Free Store and Furniture Bank.