BBVA Employees Brighten YWCA Clients' Day with Gift Cards

June 3, 2016

Willie Mae Hatcher wasn’t sure what to expect when she answered a knock on her door, but the YWCA Central Alabama resident got a happy surprise.

Rosilyn Houston, chief talent and culture executive for BBVA Compass, presented her with a $25 gift card as part of the company’s 100 Days of Brightness campaign, an initiative designed to create smiles across the bank’s footprint through random acts of brightness. “I was so happy,” Ms. Hatcher said. “I have my two grandbabies here with me today, so we’re going to do something fun.”

Houston and 37 members of the talent and culture team visited the YWCA Friday to spread some cheer among the YW’s residents and clients. After each team member presented a gift card, the group was rewarded with smiles and hugs. “I count it as a blessing,” resident Ola Hubbard said. “I was so excited. This just made my day.”

YWCA CEO Yolanda Sullivan said she was thrilled the BBVA group chose to spread some cheer with those served by the agency. “Some of those we serve have escaped domestic violence situations and others live at Interfaith Hospitality House, our homeless shelter for families,” she said. “It makes them feel so good to know that someone else is thinking about them.”

BBVA Compass has long been a supporter of the YWCA’s programs, and Houston said they enjoyed getting to impact the clients’ lives in a more personal way. “We’re going beyond the basics of our financial services and going into the community to bring love and brightness into someone’s life,” she said. “We are so proud of what the YWCA is doing and how they are creating bright futures in the Birmingham community.”  
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