We understand the importance of giving back to the local communities that we serve. Our commitment dates back to when Wells Fargo was founded in 1852. Henry Wells stated, “Our lives are not measured by the number of years and days we exist, but by what we accomplish while we live, and the good we may render to our fellow man.” This is equally true today, as we opened our newest Wells Fargo branch in the south Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts.

The company’s signature grand opening festivities included the recognition and financial support of two community charitable organizations that are building a better tomorrow by giving back to the communities, including Watts. “A Place Called Home” and “Ritter Elementary School’ share our vision of uplifting our communities and placing a deep focus on good citizenship.

In October, we celebrated Wells Fargo’s first outdoor mural at our Adams & Broadway branch in Los Angeles. This marked the 227th mural unveiled as part of our national initiative community murals in Los Angeles County. The unique murals represent of the rich history of its home community, featuring local landmarks, street scenes, and historical maps that highlight important community pioneer, including labor activist Cesar Chavez; aviator Bessie Coleman; and jazz musician Buddy Collette. Taking us through a historical journey of the neighborhood from past to present, each mural further engraves the memory and impact that these key figures have on our communities. My hope is that as customers come into the branch and experience the mural for themselves, they can admire a mural that pays homage to our rich history in the city.

Our commitment to communities’ nationwide is focused on our three philanthropic pillars. The commitment begins with an attention to diversity and social inclusion by ensuring that everyone feels valued and respected and has the resources and opportunities to succeed. In addition, Wells Fargo is committed to economic empowerment by ensuring individuals have the financial tools and resources needed to succeed financially. Lastly, a commitment to environmental sustainability ensures we are playing a role in helping to reduce climate change impacts.

We are optimistic about the economic opportunities our nonprofit alliances are creating in many communities in Greater Los Angeles. An example is our work with the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI). Our support for LACI’s workforce training program takes youth from low to moderate-income communities and helps develop careers paths in green-tech industries collaborating with entrepreneurs and developing environmentally sustainable businesses. We are proud of our work with United Way of Greater Los Angeles: Home for Good to the Los Angeles LGBT Center: Critical Services Supporting LGBT Seniors and Homeless Youth. Where we are were able to support a broad range of programs from supportive housing to financial education workshops.

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