By: Seth Johnson

On Tuesday, April 18, Regions Bank continued their steadfast support of the Indiana Blind Children’s Foundation (IBCF) and Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ISBVI), helping with a spring cleanup of the school’s Shakespeare Garden as part of the bank’s annual Share the Good outreach program.

A woman with blonde hair and a headband is seen kneeling as she pulls weeds from the ground.Originally established in 2004 as part of a schoolwide effort with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, ISBVI’s Shakespeare Garden contains plants that are mentioned in William Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets. In recent years, ISBVI horticulture teacher Elizabeth Garvey says the garden has been occupied more often due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s become a very important outdoor meeting place for classes, with all the benches we have out there,” Garvey says.

As part of their April 18 visit to ISBVI, Regions Bank employees helped to weed, edge and mulch the garden, giving it new life. This outdoor work coincided with Regions Bank’s overall Share the Good theme for 2023, which focused on environmental outreach surrounding Earth Day.

“The theme gave all of our associates across our 16-state footprint an opportunity to go out in the community and find unique and innovative ways to really highlight awareness of being environmentally thoughtful,” says Regions Bank Community Relations Officer Schiela Pena.

Having supported IBCF and ISBVI for several years, the Regions Bank team jumped at the opportunity to spruce up the ISBVI grounds as part of this year’s Share the Good volunteer work.

“We tried to look at ways we could support our community partners,” Pena says. “We do so many things with the Blind School, and you have so many different innovative programs to highlight. From that standpoint, it was a great way to think about how we could get our associates out to learn more about the school while also giving back.”

Through their longstanding partnership with IBCF, Regions Bank has gained a new appreciation for the role that ISBVI plays in the community.

“Through Laura’s partnership, we just continue to find innovative ways that we can help,” Pena says. “I don’t think people know how amazing this school is and the things it does.”



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