BB&T Lighthouse Project

Serving as a beacon for neighbors in need

Crucial needs

The demand for services to address the critical needs of our communities is immense. You can see it everywhere—from our school systems, where hunger prevents children from focusing on their educations, to our streets and homeless shelters, where many, including veterans, search to escape oppressive heat or bitter cold.

BB&T Lighthouse Projects

Since the Lighthouse Project began in 2009, our associates have contributed more than 500,000 volunteer hours and improved the quality of life for more than 15 million people.

The Lighthouse Project gives us an opportunity to provide corporate financial support to local charities, while our associates roll up their sleeves and go to work landscaping, painting, preparing meals and more.

Good Start Breakfast for Boys

The West End School provides free private schooling to at-risk, low-income boys from Pre-K to 8th grade. The school strives to address academic failure, truancy, school dropout, suspension, expulsions, delinquency and incarceration through its rigorous academic and personal standards.

The Lighthouse Project team served hot breakfast to all 125 students, as well as teachers. After they finished their work, the team left behind a treasure trove of healthy, fresh food and an arsenal of non-perishable breakfast and snack items.

The Children's Foodie Truck: Cafe to Grow

The Children's Foodie Truck will be used in the Roanoke Valley to help eliminate childhood hunger and increase the quality of nutritious food being provided to children's programs sponsored by Feed America Southwest Virginia.

The Lighthouse Project team helped cook and prepare the food items on multiple days, as well as provided funding for food preparation items and equipment.

House remodeling for homeless veteran family

HandsOn NWNC has an initiative to provide homeless veterans with housing. The organization purchases discounted, dilapidated homes and seeks volunteers to help renovate them to a livable condition.

The Lighthouse Project team removed drywall, framing and rotten infrastructure, planted flowers and built the framework for a walkway leading to the back door. They also supplied landscaping items, lumber, drywall, a generator and items for remodeling the bathroom. The family of five who will occupy the house includes a veteran mother and three children, two of whom have illnesses.

The Dragonfly House

The Dragonfly House is an advocacy center for children up to 17 years of age who were victims of abuse or witnesses to violence. The agency has helped more than 500 children annually since it was established in 2010.

The Lighthouse Project team purchased and assembled approximately 200 care bags, which included personal hygiene items and socks, for victims after forensic exams. They also purchased Play-Doh® and other victim therapy supplies for use during victim interviews.

Wilson Police Department PAL

The Wilson, North Carolina, Police Athletics and Activities League hosts more than 25 free youth camps and enrichment programs in the community. Every camper receives breakfast, lunch and plenty of hydration, along with transportation if needed.

The Lighthouse Project team served as camp volunteers, assisting with activities for more than 150 children between the ages of 9 and 15.

Crossnore School & Children's Home

Crossnore School & Children's Home is a residential foster care home for children in crisis in North Carolina. Miracle Grounds Farm Store is on the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, campus of Crossnore and features home-grown produce year-round.

The Lighthouse Project team enhanced the landscaping outside the store, finished a cold storage room for the farm's produce and turned a storage area into an educational room for the school's outreach program.

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