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Commitment to community
At BB&T now Truist, our purpose is to inspire and
build better lives and communities. This is our reason
for being... the reason we exist. Our purpose is our
starting point for every decision, and it's what makes
us different. It's also what keeps our clients and
communities at the center of everything we do.
Our roots are in community banking, and we're proud
to continue to be a Main Street America bank -
providing lending and other financial services to local
businesses, institutions and families.
Our purpose guides the work we do in our
communities, and we're creating meaningful change in
the communities we serve. For example, under the
Truist Bank Community Benefits Plan, we are
committed to lending and investing $60 billion to lowand
moderate-income (LMI) borrowers and in LMI
communities through 2022. The Truist Foundation is
investing in initiatives, projects and programs focused
on leadership development, economic mobility,
thriving communities and educational equity.
The historic challenges faced by our country beginning
last year present an important opportunity to
demonstrate our support for our clients and
communities. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic,
the Foundation launched Truist Cares, a $50 million
commitment to meet the immediate and long-term
needs of our communities, clients and teammates. In
Central Pennsylvania, we provided more than
$500,000 in grants for COVID relief efforts.
This year, the Truist Foundation has awarded more
than $60,000 to United Way of Lancaster County,
Elizabethtown Community Housing and Outreach
Services, Lancaster Safety Coalition and the
Lancaster Science Center.
Our team here in Central Pennsylvania has a long
history of supporting our community and making it an
even better place to live and work. Our BB&T now
Truist Economic Growth Fund, for example, is
designed to bolster efforts across the community that
strengthen Lancaster County's economic growth
ecosystem. This year, the fund has awarded nearly
$850,000 to support seven higher education
institutions committed to supporting career placement
opportunities for Lancaster youth. Building the supply
of trained workers will improve individual livelihoods
and support Lancaster County's prosperity.
These grants follow more than $9.1 million in local
investments since the fund's inception in 2015,
including last year's nearly $1 million in grants
awarded to support Lancaster County schools and
leadership organizations to ensure expanded capacity
to serve job seekers, students and emerging leaders
across the community. The Lancaster County Career
and Technology Center, Leadership Lancaster and all
17 school districts in Lancaster County benefited from
these grant dollars.
We take the role we play in strengthening and
enhancing our communities very seriously. We've
been involved in building and investing in this
community for many years, and remain committed to
doing so in the future.
Sarah C. Lesser
Market President, Truist
*Truist Cares is a cooperative effort between Truist Financial
Corporation, Truist Foundation, Inc., and Truist Charitable Fund.
Truist Bank, Member FDIC. © 2020 Truist Financial Corporation.
Truist, the Truist logo and Truist Purple are service marks of Truist
Financial Corporation.

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