As mentioned in a recent op-ed article in The Sun, a host of bank branches and offices were renamed Wells Fargo (formerly Wachovia) over the weekend ("Wells Fargo not a good neighbor in Baltimore," Sept. 16). The op-ed did not mention that before and after the merger several years ago, Wells Fargo has worked time and again to support Baltimore and other communities it serves.

Several years ago, United Way of Central Maryland solicited area businesses to "makeover" the Robert C. Marshall Recreation Center on Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore. Because the project was such a daunting and expensive undertaking, it was envisioned that at least a half-dozen corporate teams would be needed. Wells Fargo agreed to take on the entire project by itself. It was impressive to see hundreds of bank employees turn out over several successive days to clean, paint, install new sports equipment, and outfit a computer technology lab, game room and library. Many youth and families in West Baltimore now enjoy a cleaner, safer and more inviting recreation center thanks to the bank and its staff.

In 2010 and 2011, more teams of Wells Fargo employees returned in force to the same neighborhood, readying Furman L. Templeton Elementary School for students, establishing a garden, installing cabinets and preparing rooms specifically for pre-K and Head Start classrooms.

We look forward to Wells Fargo's continued community involvement, volunteerism and leadership here in our region.

Mark S. Furst, Baltimore

The writer is president and CEO of United Way of Central Maryland.