Cary, NC -- Lucy Daniels Center is teaming up with volunteers from BB&T’s Lighthouse Project initiative to complete the final phase of the Lucy Daniels Center Teaching Garden by laying pavers for walking paths and assisting in the construction of the greenhouse.

Associates from BB&T Cary will volunteer their time in May and June to help build what will become an outdoor classroom and horticultural therapy site for children and families who are being served through one of the Center’s mental or emotional health programs. Volunteers will plant vegetation, care for the food, harvest and cook it, and create nature-related crafts. The Teaching Garden will also serve as a community source for fresh produce that will promote healthier food choices and offer economic assistance through food pantry donations.

Lucy Daniels Center’s Teaching Garden is located at the Center’s Cary, NC, facility. The Bayer USA Foundation awarded a grant in 2013 to the Center for completion of the garden’s first phase. BB&T’s support will be used to complete the final phase which includes the purchase and construction of an outdoor classroom. “This is more than just a garden. This is a community resource that will allow for academic enrichment, emotional healing, and encouragement of healthy eating. We cannot tell you how much this will mean to the children and families we serve and to the community at large,” states Don Rosenblitt, the executive and clinical director of Lucy Daniels Center.

Lucy Daniels Center and BB&T invite other members of the community to join them as volunteers. For more information, contact Clarenda Stanley-Anderson at canderson@lucydanielscenter.org or 919.677.1400.  

BB&T hopes their efforts encourage others in the community to volunteer their time and support organizations such as Lucy Daniels Center. “We wanted to work with the Lucy Daniel’s Center because of the great work they do in Cary,” said Kelly Sain, Market President for BB&T in Cary. “We’re proud to team up with them and help in any way we can.”

BB&T associates have donated more than 265,000 hours in volunteer service and touched the lives of more than 8 million people since the inception of the BB&T Lighthouse Project in 2009. Associates overwhelmingly voted to bring back the initiative this year.  For more information about the Lighthouse Project, go to www.bbt.com/bbt/lighthouseproject/.

About Lucy Daniels Center:

Now in its third decade of service to children and families, the Lucy Daniels Center is a nationally recognized model for childhood mental health education and services. The Center is the largest and most comprehensive non-profit focused on providing mental health services to young children and their families in the Triangle and is conveniently located at 9003 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513. For more information, visit www.lucydanielscenter.org

About BB&T:

BB&T is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S. with $183 billion in assets and market capitalization of $26.4 billion, as of December 31, 2013. Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., the company operates 1,825 financial centers in 12 states and Washington, D.C., and offers a full range of consumer and commercial banking, securities brokerage, asset management, mortgage and insurance products and services. A Fortune 500 company, BB&T is consistently recognized for outstanding client satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Greenwich Associates and others. More information about BB&T and its full line of products and services is available at www.bbt.com.