July 01 2015
Operation HOPE and Synovus Bank Partner for HOPE Inside in Columbus, Georgia
COLUMBUS, GA – July 1, 2015 – Financial empowerment nonprofit Operation HOPE (HOPE) and Synovus Bank announced plans to open the first HOPE Inside location in the city of Columbus, Georgia. Synovus Bank operates 28 locally-branded banks in five states, including Columbus Bank and Trust (CB&T) in Columbus.
The new Operation HOPE location, which will open at a CB&T branch in August, will feature a financial literacy counselor to provide credit and money management counseling, a 700 Credit Score Communities program, and entrepreneurial training for aspiring small business owners. The HOPE employee, sponsored by Synovus, will deliver workshops and one-on-one client support.
With this commitment, Synovus becomes the latest bank to join Operation HOPE's national mission to empower the underserved. HOPE Inside is part of Operation HOPE’s Project 5117, an initiative that aims to provide financial empowerment opportunities to more than five million individuals in underserved and under-resourced communities.
Columbus is the headquarters of Synovus Bank, which was founded in 1881 as Columbus Bank and Trust Company. The city is the second largest in Georgia. Together with its affiliates, Synovus provides commercial and retail banking, investment, and mortgage services to customers in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee.
Currently, HOPE operates 26 HOPE Inside locations. Since 1992, Operation HOPE has been moving America from Civil Rights to Silver Rights by providing financial and economic empowerment tools and services, earning it the distinction as the nonprofit private banker for the working poor. Through its core programs, HOPE has provided financial dignity and economic empowerment to over 2.5 million individuals worldwide, turning check cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners and minimum wage workers into living wage consumers.