July 14, 2017

Employees from Veterans United Home Loans in Greenville  made the rounds this week, surprising five local charities with $10,000 each. The donations were part of Veterans United Foundation’s national Week of Giving campaign, in which more than $1 million will be given to charities across the country between now and the end of the year.

“Enhancing lives and giving back is deeply engrained within our culture,” said Kelly Stephens, branch manager of Veterans United in Greenville. “Our employees were passionate about getting behind these organizations. We are pleased to support these local causes that have such a great impact on our community.”

The recipients included: Blue Star Mothers of South Carolina, Miracle Hill Children’s Home, The Dream Center of Pickens County, Opportunity Village, Upstate Warrior’s Solutions and Whenlifesucks.org.

The Week of Giving Campaign kicked off on May 8 in San Antonio. Each week during the campaign, $50,000 is given by employees from a different Veterans United location to five local charities of their choice. The campaign will wrap up the week of Dec. 18 in Clarksville, Tenn.

More than 90 percent of employees of Veterans United donate at least one percent of their paychecks to the foundation, the philanthropic division of the company. Because of employee contributions, the foundation has raised more than $30 million since 2011. In addition to giving money to charitable organizations, the foundation also provides financial assistance to Veterans and their families.

Earlier this year, Veterans United was recognized as No. 3 on the 50 Best Workplaces for Giving Back list by Great Place to Work® and Fortune. Veterans United Foundation donated more than $6.6 million to charities and organizations in 2016 alone.

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