Santander Bank Colleagues Celebrated “We Are Santander Week” by Volunteering in the Community

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Santander Bank Colleagues Celebrated “We Are Santander Week” by Volunteering in the Community

John Hennessy, Deputy Chief Risk Officer (Ieft) and Rafic Fahs, Chief Model Risk Officer (right) volunteered with Friends of the Children.

John Hennessy, Deputy Chief Risk Officer (Ieft) and Rafic Fahs, Chief Model Risk Officer (right) volunteered with Friends of the Children.

On June 13th, 20 Santander colleagues spent part of the day engaging elementary school children — or as the nonprofit calls them “Achievers” to reinforce their belief that they will succeed — in activities designed to help them think about their futures and the different types of businesses they would start, if they were old enough to start a company. Santander volunteers coached the students on their business ideas, acted as entrepreneurship judges and awarded prizes based on the business ideas.

Chief Anti Money Laundering Officer Michael Raffa stated, “The day the Santander team visited Friends of the Children-Boston left a lasting impact on all of us. More than forty percent of the Achievers at Friends-Boston have experienced homelessness and the relationships with the staff offer the much needed stability. I was extremely moved by the resilience of the Achievers and the commitment Friends-Boston make to support these young people from kindergarten to high school graduation. I hope the time we spent with the Achievers played a small part to help encourage them to dream big!”

Throughout the week, colleagues volunteered nearly 800 hours in their local neighborhoods. Santander would like to thank organizations like Friends of the Children-Boston for helping to make the week a great success for its colleagues!

Congratulations Santander Bank!