National City employees participate in Community Appreciation Day

National City closed the lobbies of 120 Southeastern Michigan branches from 1-5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, for a dynamic initiative that benefited local charities, including two in Taylor.

More than 600 National City employees volunteered for 14 local charities at 22 locations as part of the first annual Community Appreciation Day. Drive-through windows and ATM's remained open to serve customers.

"We believe that community service is good business and we are proud to support organizations and initiatives that improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods," said David Boyle, president for National City in Michigan. "This is a landmark event for our employees and their communities. At National City, we believe that taking care of the markets we serve is not just the right thing to do, it is the best thing we do."

National City employees spent the afternoon engaged in a wide variety of much needed charitable tasks including outdoor and indoor projects such as landscaping, gardening, painting, filing and other spring clean-up activities.

Employees painted at the Penrickton Center for Blind Children in Taylor. The center is a private school for the blind and multi-disabled children ages 1-12. They also assisted at a garden at Myers Elementary School.

Other charities that were scheduled to benefit from the volunteerism included Big Brothers Big Sisters, Christmas in Action, Community Housing, Community Living Services, the Judson Center, Habitat for Humanity, the Huron Valley Boys and Girls Club, the Monroe County Opportunity Program, the Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency, the Senior Alliance of Wayne County, the Shelby Community Foundation, U-Snap-Bac and Wayne-Metro Community Action Agency.

National City employees Laurie Stanley (left), Larry Franz and Corrine Clark paint at the Penrickton Center for Blind Children.

Kurt Sebaly, executive director of the Penrickton Center for Blind Children in Taylor, and David Boyle, president and CEO of National City's Michigan and Northwest Ohio operations thank volunteers from the bank for stuffing fund-raising envelopes at the center. Helping out are Leann Walton (left), Bonnie Williamson, Laura Johnson and Amy Ringuette.

 Dozens of National City employees volunteered at the Penrickton Center in Taylor. Besides painting and stuffing envelopes, the workers trimmed hedges, pulled weeds and added mulch to the Eureka Road location.