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Arc of Madison County Wins Regions’ 2015 What a Difference a Day Makes Contest

Regions awards volunteer hours, financial grants to all 19 nominated nonprofits as part of a unique, company-wide initiative.

JULY 2, 2015 – Since 1952, the Arc of Madison County has enhanced the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in North Alabama.

Now, the Arc of Madison County will have more help as it advocates for infants, toddlers and school-aged children as the winner of the 2015 What a Difference a Day Makes contest.

The Arc of Madison County will receive 100 volunteer hours from Regions associates and $5,000 from the company. All other nominees in the contest will each receive 50 volunteer service hours from Regions associates as well as $1,000 from the company.

In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, all of the nonprofits featured in this year’s contest serve people with disabilities. The nonprofits are highlighted in individual profiles published on Throughout the contest, online visitors were encouraged to learn about each organization and then vote for their favorites.

The four-week contest concluded just before midnight Tuesday, June 30.

“At Regions Bank, community support is about more than writing a check. We believe in working with nonprofits hand-in-hand through volunteer work and raising awareness of the valuable services they provide,” said Kathy Lovell, Americans with Disabilities Act manager for Regions Bank.

“Our ‘What a Difference a Day Makes’ contest gives us an opportunity to share the stories of nonprofits that are making life better in the communities we serve. We thank the public for joining us in our support, and we are honored to help further the mission of organizations that address the challenges faced by men, women and children with disabilities.”

The What a Difference a Day Makes campaign is part of a year-long, company-wide initiative in which Regions provides each of its associates an annual paid day off to volunteer in their community. Leaders from each of Regions’ 19 markets selected a nonprofit to be highlight and to compete in the month-long contest.

Nonprofits were selected based on a variety of factors, including community impact and the ability to effectively use the volunteer hours and financial support provided by Regions and its associates.

The Arc of Madison County works to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Established in the 1950s by a group of parents seeking services and support for children with disabilities, the organization has grown to include residential services, day habilitation services, and job placement for adults.

“We are inspired by the mission of the Arc of Madison County and how its staff and volunteers are making a difference in the lives of so many people in the Tennessee Valley,” said Ron Poteat, North Alabama area president for Regions Bank. “Through expertise, dedication, and compassion, the Arc provides comprehensive services and opportunities for people with disabilities. Regions Bank is proud to support the Arc, and we look forward to helping the Arc expand its food drive services as part of the organization’s outreach response program.”

“We are extremely excited to work with Regions Bank and its associates as we continue to strengthen our community-based services around Madison County,” added Susan Klingel, executive director of the Arc of Madison County. “The Arc is committed to helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities choose and realize their goals of how they live, learn, work and play. Community support is vital in helping us provide quality services. We are truly thankful to Regions and to all of our supporters for what their support means to the families and clients we serve.”

As winner, the Arc of Madison County anticipates growing its food drive efforts which serve people with intellectual or developmental disabilities who live at home on restricted incomes. The Arc plans to use volunteer service to support food collection events throughout Madison County, increasing the volume of goods collected as well as the frequency of donation box distribution.

The North Little Rock Community Farm won the inaugural What a Difference a Day Makes contest in 2014.

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