January 23 2013
Presidential Inaugural Committee Recognizes Operation HOPE During National Service Day
Silver rights nonprofit issues a “call to action” for financial industry services volunteers to join President Obama in a nationwide service effort
Washington, D.C. – January 24, 2013 – Operation HOPE (HOPE) joined Honorary Chairwoman Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and a select group of service organizations on the National Mall to take part in the National Day of Service on Saturday, January 19, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This year Dr. King’s birthday falls on Inauguration Day and President Obama asked Americans around the country to remember the importance of giving back and looking out for others – both central to Dr. King’s work. Activities were held all weekend to encourage people to pledge a commitment to serve after MLK Day and throughout 2013.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, staffers took the opportunity to encourage qualified individuals to volunteer for Project Restore HOPE, the organization’s recovery initiative for Hurricane Sandy. During the day over 100 volunteer and follow-up interest forms were taken. The booth also had visits from U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank and Martin Luther King, III among others. The local staff led by Washington, DC Market President Jahi Davis, and joined by HOPE Atlanta Market President James “Jay” Bailey were on-hand to assist in the outreach for new HOPE Corps members.
“We are honored to be chosen to take part in these very special inauguration activities and recognize the importance of service. HOPE Corps members are the pillars of Operation HOPE. As we help heal the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, we recognize that we could not do it without the help these individuals bring to our organization,” said John Hope Bryant, HOPE founder, chairman and chief executive officer. Dr. King once said, ‘Everybody can be great ... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.’ Operation HOPE volunteers are the real heroes of the communities in which they serve.”
HOPE Corps members are primarily volunteers from partner organizations, and make up the chief delivery system for HOPE programs. Comprised of financial services industry workers, they are recruited and trained to teach children the value of understanding how to manage their money, or to provide financial counseling to adults. HOPE Corps volunteers provide a range of services, by helping clients save their homes from foreclosure, instructing them on how to start a business, guiding them through buying a new home, or helping them to rebuild after a natural disaster.
Dedicated to empowerment, and using the power of volunteers, HOPE has brought financial literacy and dignity to over 1.2 million people worldwide, in an effort to make ‘silver rights’ or free enterprise and capitalism work for all.