Known as one of America’s most generous companies, Wells Fargo has a long history of community giving and volunteerism in Wyoming. We had a chance to speak with members of the Jackson Hole branch to learn more about how their support of the park aligns so well with Wells Fargo’s company values.
Tell us a little bit about the history of Wells Fargo in the Jackson community. When was the first branch established here and in what ways has Wells Fargo been involved in the community?
Wells Fargo in Jackson dates back to 1914 with the founding of Jackson State Bank, an institution and leadership team that played a vital role in growing the beautiful community we enjoy today. Its history and community commitments were consistent with Wells Fargo’s goal to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. In 2008, Wells Fargo acquired United Bancorporation of Wyoming, Inc., and The Jackson State Bank & Trust, combining histories, leadership, and resources. Wells Fargo is proud to be the oldest bank serving the Jackson community, with local decision makers and longstanding relationships.
What prompted Wells Fargo to become a supporter of Grand Teton National Park Foundation?
Grand Teton National Park is a precious gem for the Jackson community, our state, and our country. Just like the millions of people who visit the park nationally, Wells Fargo enjoys being an active partner focused on the continued protection of the park’s resources and initiatives. We pride ourselves not only on serving our customers, but on being responsible for promoting the long-term economic prosperity and quality of life for everyone in our communities. Wells Fargo has a long history of community giving and volunteerism and is known as one of America’s most generous companies. In 2014, Wells Fargo contributed nearly $300,000 to Wyoming communities, and our Wyoming team members volunteered more than 2,100 hours.
Wells Fargo has focused their support on two of our Youth Engagement Initiatives: Pura Vida and NPS Academy. Why do you choose to support these programs and how do you think these programs align with Wells Fargo’s core values?
Pura Vida and NPS Academy initiatives are well aligned with Wells Fargo’s focus on diversity and inclusion and our commitment to education and environmental programs. Diversity and inclusion are a business imperative that lets us take advantage of the creativity and innovation that come from multiple perspectives. We make investments in education, youth development, and job training because those are essential to the strength and stability of the communities in which we live and work. And we’re committed to responsible environmental stewardship in all our business decisions. Supporting the Pura Vida and NPS Academy programs provides Wells Fargo the opportunity to demonstrate our beliefs and be part of the long-term solution for sustaining a healthy, balanced community.
What are Wells Fargo employees’ favorite ways to enjoy Grand Teton National Park?
Nearly all of our Wells Fargo Jackson team members visit the park routinely—during all seasons—seeking the serenity and adventure the park has to offer. Many team members from afar enjoy a visit to Jackson, too. The park offers an experience unmatched in beauty, complimented only by the appreciation of all those who call it home or are fortunate enough to visit.
On behalf of the Foundation and park enthusiasts nationwide, thank you, Wells Fargo, for your support!