April 21, 2020 | Greenville, S.C. – CommunityWorks (CW) is pleased to welcome Virginia Wilson as the newest member of their team as Communications Manager. In this role, Virginia will lead the development of all branding, messaging and collateral. She will also focus on the planning and implementation of major events to advance CommunityWorks’ mission and position them as the community development finance expert and lender of choice.
“We are excited to have Virginia join our CommunityWorks family, she brings a high level of energy and valuable communications and public relations expertise to our organization,” says Tammie Hoy Hawkins, President and CEO of CommunityWorks. “She has been instrumental in leading us through our COVID-19 response efforts to help CommunityWorks be a lead educator and voice of resources for small businesses and nonprofits during this difficult time,” says Hoy Hawkins.
Upon graduating from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, she moved to Memphis, Tennessee, for a post-graduate fellows program and job in digital marketing. A couple of years later, she returned to the Upstate to pursue her marketing career. Now, with more than five years of professional marketing experience, she is passionate about brand storytelling and working toward the greater good. In her free time, she enjoys trying new recipes, navigating first-time home ownership, and traveling with friends.
CommunityWorks was established in 2008 as a local housing trust fund through a partnership between the City of Greenville, United Way of Greenville County and Greenville County Redevelopment Authority. CommunityWorks’ mission is to build a brighter future for under served families and communities through financial education, lending, and investing. In 2011 CommunityWorks was certified by U.S. Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) which operates a community loan fund that supports community economic development.
Since its inception, CW has generated over $232 million in local economic impact and has provided 40,000 hours of training and coaching, served 5,030 families, provided over $ 5 million loans to startups and existing small businesses, and deployed over $ 7 million in affordable housing and community loans that have created or preserved over 820 affordable housing units.