More than a dozen people, mostly employees of Silicon Valley Bank’s Wine Division based in St. Helena, will spend Friday morning working on the outdoor space at The Pathway Home at the Veterans Home in Yountville.

The group will spend the morning painting railings, planting flowers and succulents, painting welcome, entrance and directional signs and hanging them, and also organizing the group’s recycling area, according to Susie Fielder, Branch Client Advisor, Supervisor for SVB.

The effort is part of Silicon Valley Bank’s “30 Years/30 Causes” effort, a global community service campaign in honor of the company’s 30th anniversary.

According to a company press release, the bank’s 1,650 employees in more than 30 cities across the United States and internationally are volunteering for nonprofit organizations. The campaign began in July and continues through December.

“Our people are as driven to support meaningful causes as they are to support our clients, so it came as no surprise when we asked our employees how we should celebrate our 30th year in business, they said they wanted to give back,” said Greg Becker, Silicon Valley Bank president and CEO. “We know that positive change starts with individuals. We’re looking forward to giving our employees an opportunity to engage our clients and collectively make an impact where they live and work.”

Locally, the campaign leaders are Fielder and Sara Chrisman Bjerkan, SVB vice president. As to why the local division chose The Pathway Home, Fielder wrote on a questionnaire: “One of our winery clients actually brought Pathway Home to our attention. Our team was already interested in doing a project that helped veterans, so after further research about the organization we decided it would be the perfect group to volunteer for.

“Pathway is doing amazing work with veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to assist them with post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, and other post-combat mental health challenges to help them integrate back into their families and communities after returning home. Because they are a smaller organization and do not receive any government support, they are even more of a worthy cause.”


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