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BB&T employees offer help to Randy and Friends
BB&T’s Dan Carey and Deanna Ditty add a splash of color Thursday to The Rooster’s Perch on Bradford Street. The bank’s efforts are part of their Lighthouse Program to give back to the community.

The Rooster’s Perch is getting a face-lift thanks to BB&T’s Lighthouse Project.

BB&T employees from the Gainesville branch were painting the outside of the coffee shop at 210 Bradford St. N.E. on Thursday as part of the multi-day project. The shop serves as a meeting place for people with and without disabilities and is a ministry of the nonprofit Randy and Friends. The project will also include other aid for Randy and Friends.

The financial company launched the Lighthouse Project in 2009 as a method of volunteering in the communities the bank serves.

“Our associates overwhelmingly voted to help Randy and Friends, an organization that provides mentors and volunteers to assist young adults as they tap into their individual strengths and creativity with the end desire that they become successful and independent,” said Dan Carey, senior vice president and market president for BB&T out of its Gainesville branch.

The Lighthouse Project has completed more than 6,600 community service projects, given more than 325,000 volunteer hours and served more than 9.7 million people through its projects.

Carey said the Gainesville branch’s estimated investment in the project this year is $5,000 and 100 employee hours.