Shown l-r; Columbia, SC Urban League President JR McLawhorn, United Community Bank VP of Community Development and Engagement; Moryah Jackson, Urban League of the Upstate SC; President Gail Wilson Awan; and National Urban League President Marc Morial

GREENVILLE, SC — In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, the United Community Bank Foundation donated $25,000 to Urban League affiliates across its footprint. The Urban League’s dedication to economic empowerment aligns with the bank’s commitment to improving the financial health of the communities we serve and Dr. King’s dream of economic justice.

“At United Community Bank, we believe that economic empowerment is an essential part of building strong communities,” said Moryah Jackson, VP of Community Development and Engagement at United Community Bank. “That’s why we’re proud to contribute to Urban League affiliates in celebration of Martin Luther King Day and supporting the mission to invest in the economic success of African American and other historically underserved communities.”

United Community Bank is committed to making a difference in the communities it serves, and its employees have led the way. United Community Bank’s Together For Good Council is a group of volunteer employees who help advance the bank’s social impact programs that support the communities they work and live in.  Since the United Community Bank Foundation was founded in early 2021, they have given nearly $440,000 to more than 120 organizations across all six states in its footprint.

“Dr. King once said, ‘There is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we have the resources to get rid of it.’ Our commitment to using our resources to build stronger communities by supporting the work of Urban League is one way we can help make Dr. King’s vision a reality,” added Jackson.

The National Urban League and its affiliates promote economic empowerment through education and job training, housing and community development, workforce development and entrepreneurship.