Helms College Receives SunTrust Foundation's 2018 Lighting the Way Award

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[AUGUSTA. GA], October 23, 2018 – In recognition of its significant contributions to bettering communities throughout Middle Georgia and the CSRA, Helms College was awarded a 2018 Lighting the Way Award.

The SunTrust Foundation’s Lighting the Way Awards honor nonprofit organizations that strengthen their local communities through programs that help people better their circumstances and gain financial confidence. Helms College was recognized due to the opportunities it provides through Helms College, which offers hands-on educational opportunities in hospitality, culinary arts and health sciences at campuses in Macon and Augusta.

“We’re committed to building stronger communities and our nonprofit partners are addressing community needs in innovative and meaningful ways,” said Stan Little, president of the SunTrust Foundation. “Helms College is improving the lives of many people, and we applaud its mission, long-term service to the community, and the impact the organization is making where it’s most needed.”

“Helms College creates career pathways out of poverty,” said James K. Stiff, president of Helms College. “It is because of the generosity of SunTrust and other donors who are helping us advance our mission at Helms College that we are able to help people discover and develop their natural talents through education and career services.”

Established in 2008, the SunTrust Foundation is committed to supporting a wide range of financial well-being efforts through grants and partnerships with local philanthropic organizations.

For more information on academic programs, admissions and financial aid opportunities at Helms College, visit www.helms.edu or call toll free at 1-844-GO HELMS (1-844-464-3567)

About Helms College

Helms College, a private, independent postsecondary career school sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia Inc. and licensed by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission, offers accredited programs through its two hospitality schools as well as its new School of Health Services. Helms College is an institution of higher education that provides a unique approach to experiential learning and career education. Named in honor of Rev. Edgar Helms, the founder of Goodwill Industries, Helms College creates opportunities for students to discover their strengths and build upon their knowledge, skills, and attitudes through extensive integrative and experiential learning.

About Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA

Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA builds lives, families and communities one career at a time by helping people develop their God-given gifts through education, work and career services. More than 86 cents of every dollar in Goodwill revenue underwrites education, job training and placement services within the agency’s 35-county service delivery area. Read Goodwill’s annual report at www.goodwillworks.org/publications. Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA is accountable to local Board of Directors, belongs to this community and is not owned by any individual or company.

About SunTrust Foundation

The SunTrust Foundation is dedicated to SunTrust Bank’s purpose of Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being by engaging organizations to advance financial confidence. Grants and activities focus primarily on financial empowerment, but also include education, health and human services, civic improvement and cultural growth. The SunTrust Foundation supports American Red Cross disaster relief efforts and contributes as a United Way Global Corporate Leader. Established in 2008, the SunTrust Foundation has proudly provided grants totaling more than $140 million throughout the United States.