4 Fayette nonprofit groups recognized through Wells Fargo's Days of Giving donations

(L-R) Jim Lawrence of Wells Fargo stands with Rufus Mazyck of McGinnis House, Vanessa Mottley of Promise Place, Cheryl Burnside of Phenomenal Women’s Health and Dr. Monica Hill and Maurice Hill both of New Beginnings Training and Education during the Wells Fargo “Days of Giving” event held at Clayton State University in Morrow. Photo/Wells Fargo.

Wells Fargo managers and team members recognized four Fayette non-profit organizations with $1,000 grants as part of the Days of Giving program in metro Atlanta Nov. 10.

The groups were among 44 south Atlanta metro groups honored at a community breakfast today at Clayton State University’s Student Activities Center.

Just the names of the groups tell a story:

McGinnis House

New Beginnings Training and Education

Phenomenal Women’s Health

Promise Place

Across Atlanta, team members in the company’s nearly 200 bank stores, and those in other business lines, selected 240 groups in all that were delivering vital services in their local areas for the honor. The program has been expanded by a third since last year.

The donations to the groups are being distributed at five community breakfasts in November including the one in Morrow. The company began the program in Atlanta last year and in 2010 is expanding it by a third. Before the program, the company had typically not helped the groups.

The Days of Giving program came about as a result of the combination of Wells Fargo and Wachovia, said Jim Lawrence, community bank president for south Atlanta. The contributions help mark the changeover of Wachovia financial centers to Wells Fargo bank stores across the state in late October.

“A hallmark of Wells Fargo is local decision-making and local involvement,” Lawrence said. “We’ll continue to make grants of all sizes, but through Days of Giving we’re connecting with local communities in a whole new way.”

Across Atlanta Wells Fargo has 5,000 employees and serves half of all Atlanta households. It will make a total of $5 million in contributions to some 500 groups across Georgia in 2010.