For the third consecutive year, U.S. Bank has shown continued support as Platinum Sponsor of the Ladue News Show House. Through this, along with its many other charitable endeavors, the company commits to investing in the future of the communities it serves. “We believe that strong communities are built on strong foundations,” says Nicole Garrison-Sprenger, the company’s VP of corporate public relations. “In addition to providing financial support, we encourage all of our employees to get out in the community and strengthen it by giving of their time and talents.”

To support this work, U.S. Bank provides each employee with eight hours of paid time off to volunteer. “Because the program has been so well-received, this year we increased it to 16 hours for employees with five or more years of service,” Garrison-Sprenger notes. Even excluding those hours, the bank’s employees reported 5,336 hours of volunteer service in 2012.

The company backs up those man-hours with charitable contributions, as well. Last year, it launched its ‘Dollars for Doing’ program, which matches employees’ volunteer time with qualifying nonprofits with $5 per hour for up to 40 hours a year. In all, through charitable contributions by the U.S. Bank Foundation and through sponsorships, U.S. Bank contributed more than $2 million to the St. Louis community in 2012. Those funds aided causes as varied as the American Red Cross and the U.S. Bank Air Show at Fair St. Louis, the Saint Louis Zoo, The Muny, and the Urban League of St. Louis, just to name a few.

U.S. Bank employees are helping out in neighborhoods throughout St. Louis. “They teach financial education courses, paint homes, provide leadership to nonprofit partners, and provide support and service to individuals, businesses and civic partners,” Garrison-Sprenger says. So if you meet an employee out there doing good, be sure to tell them thanks!