Fidelity opens office as employees volunteer at middle school - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Fidelity opens office in RTP as employees volunteer at middle school

Posted: Updated:
DURHAM, N.C. -

Fidelity Investments celebrated the grand opening of its new facility in the Research Triangle Park on Thursday, with Gov. Pat McCrory and Durham Mayor Bill Bell there for the ribbon cutting.

And while it was the building's grand opening, many of the employees were not in the office.Instead, the company celebrated their growth by helping out a local school.

More than 300 volunteers boarded onto buses and helped transform Lowe's Grove Middle School.

"That means more than anything, that you're going to convert this day to a service day for the employees," said McCrory.

"The number of volunteers is spectacular and we really appreciate the opportunity to get out in the community and give back," said Steve Shutlz, and employee volunteer.

The group helped build an amphitheater and construct a nature trail. The volunteers also worked on landscaping, set up science experiments with the kids, painted murals, built cabinets, and much more.

"It's so important that children understand that adults take interest in them and we take the time to come out and show them that and make an impact in their lives," said Jackie Benston, another employee volunteer.

Community service is nothing new for this group - last year alone they spent 5000 hours giving back to the community.

"It feels really good when you can sit down with a group of people and know you're doing something for work, but when you can also get together with that same group of people and know that you're making an impact in the community," said Benston.

Fidelity Investments has grown to more than 3,600 employees in North Carolina and is now one of the largest employees in the RTP.

Jonathan Rodriguez

Jonathan Rodriguez is an investigative reporter and member of the WNCN Investigates team. His storytelling specialty is connecting the dots to get to the truth, with a goal of delivering results for our community. If you have something you’d like WNCN to investigate, contact Jonathan.

More>>

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Wilson community holds vigil for slain 7-year-old boy

    Wilson community holds vigil for slain 7-year-old boy

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:58 AM EDT2014-07-28 08:58:46 GMT
    Hundreds stood outside the Wilson County Courthouse on Sunday night to help a family grieve four days after 7-year-old Kamari Jones was shot and killed in his own home.
    Hundreds stood outside the Wilson County Courthouse on Sunday night to help a family grieve four days after 7-year-old Kamari Jones was shot and killed in his own home.
  • 2 charged with first-degree murder in beating death of UNC professor, cancer researcher

    2 charged with first-degree murder in beating death of UNC professor, cancer researcher

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:00:14 GMT
    A UNC research professor was robbed and beaten to death Wednesday afternoon on University Drive in Chapel Hill, police said.
    A UNC research professor was robbed and beaten to death Wednesday afternoon on University Drive in Chapel Hill, police said.
  • Stolen dinosaur replica returned to Raleigh museum

    Stolen dinosaur replica returned to Raleigh museum

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:13 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:13:16 GMT
    A model of a baby dinosaur that was stolen from the Museum of Natural Sciences has been returned to the museum, officials said at a news conference Monday.
    A model of a baby dinosaur that was stolen from the Museum of Natural Sciences has been returned to the museum, officials said at a news conference Monday.
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.