By Wendy Binns

What makes our great city great? Our people and organizations that see a need and then care enough to take action are the roots of what makes our city a better place to live. They raise and donate money, volunteer, lend resources, and in some cases establish an outlet to lend aid.

Atlanta INtown frequently writes about the individuals giving back (next month read our 20 Under 20 feature about students making a difference) and our Charity in the City columnist, Kate Atwood of Kate’s Club, regularly covers the non-profit community. The business community is also involved in making our great city great and in response to that, this is the first of a series to recognize companies and spread a little inspiration to you along the way.

Wachovia Wells Fargo “Days of Giving” Breakfast

Forty-eight groups, including Camp Twin Lakes, Eastlake Foundation, Piedmont Park Conservancy, Georgia Cancer Foundation, Atlanta Children’s Shelter, were recognized at the Days of Giving Breakfast hosted at the Piedmont Conservancy’s Magnolia Hall.

Mike Baldwin, Community Bank President said, “Store managers and business banking partners who selected you for this grant picked you because of what you’re doing day-in and day-out. For me, this is probably, out of my 22 years, the greatest day and I am just overwhelmed. What an honor to be a part of a great company Wachovia Wells Fargo to be able to do something like this for our community.”

Overall, across Atlanta, 209 grants, each for $1,000, went to non-profits. In 2008, Wachovia and Wells Fargo contributed more than $226 million to more than 14,000 non-profit organizations and schools.

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Collin KelleyEditor

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.