Donor Spotlight: Wells Fargo gives back

Did you know that over the past six years Wells Fargo has given more than $1.5 million to nonprofit groups in Georgia through its “Days of Giving” campaign? On Oct. 29, we at Simple Needs GA (SNGA) were honored to receive a $1,000 grant from the bank at a celebration in Marietta. All told, the bank’s team members recognized some 240 other groups across metro Atlanta as part of the program.

Wells Fargo Area President Jim Lawrence led the ceremony. “To some a $1,000 grant may seem small, but we know each of these great groups will be able to make a huge difference with this,” he said. “And collectively this will have a major impact in our community.”


Brenda Rhodes (left) and Michelle Lee

Through the program, Wells Fargo branch managers nominate nonprofits in their communities. Michelle Lee, manager of the West Marietta branch at 761 Powder Springs St. Marietta, GA, nominated SNGA after reading about our work online.

When I got the call from Michelle, I was so excited. We can’t thank Michelle and Wells Fargo enough for making us a part of this program!

Wells Fargo’s Days of Giving benefits thousands of people across the United States, Michelle noted. “Our branch managers look to recognize local groups that are strong on community involvement,” she said. “Sometimes we even build longer-term relationships with these groups. For example, my team is now eager to come out and do some volunteer work with SNGA.”

A big thanks to Wells Fargo for supporting untold thousands of people in need over the past six years!

–Brenda Rhodes

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About brhodes13

Brenda Rhodes (president, events committee) founded Simple Needs GA in June 2010. Over the past 16 years, she has volunteered her time with a host of nonprofit organizations in Cobb County and Metro Atlanta, including MUST Ministries, Good Mews Animal Foundation, Special Olympics, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Hands on Atlanta and The Center for Family Resources. Brenda also contributes to the local missions teams and sings in the choir at First United Methodist Church of Marietta. In recognition of the thousands of hours she has spent volunteering, Brenda received the National Points of Light Award in both November 2007 and July 2010. She was the featured Hands on Network volunteer on MSNBC’s “Brewing Together” program in 2009. The prior year, she received both the Lifetime President’s Volunteer Service Award and the Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award. Brenda was Hands on Atlanta’s Premier Volunteer in 2004 and received her University’s Alumni Service Award in 1997. Previously an IBM team leader, Brenda was recognized in the YWCA of Northwest Georgia’s 2012 Tribute to Women of Excellence.

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