Business Partner Kicks Off Community Outreach with New Shoes for Homeless Students


Hundreds of homeless students in Manatee County will receive a brand new pair of shoes and socks thanks to the generosity of Regions Bank and it’s customers. Bank associates delivered several boxes of donations to the District’s School Support Center on Thursday, as part of a community outreach program called Share the Good.



“Share the Good is about finding meaningful ways we can give back to the communities where we live and work,” said Marty Lanahan, West Florida Area President for Regions Bank. “The difference these donations make for students is truly incredible, and our goal is to build on this outreach and help even more students.” The program is in its eighth year.


(L-to-R) Dennise Berger, Jo Johnson, Melissa Brady, Dr. Diana Greene and Lissette Fernandez with donations


Bank associates presented 376 new pairs of shoes and 102 new pairs of socks to Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene and Lissette Fernandez, a school social worker, on behalf of Project HEART. Customers and employees of six different Regions Bank locations in Manatee County participated in the donation drive.

Project HEART is the School District of Manatee County’s Title X Homeless Education Program, providing education-related support services for students who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. According to Fernandez, there were more than 1,900 students who qualified for Project HEART during the 2016-17 school year. That’s an increase of 400 students from the previous school year.

Regions Bank associates also provided financial education to students at Southeast High School; and donated finance-related books to school libraries, as part of the Share the Good campaign. Together with our business partners… #WeManatee.

#WeManatee stands for We are the School District of Manatee County. No matter what challenges we face, we strengthen each other when we stand together.



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