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January 01 2009

Operation HOPE Provides Economic Empowerment at National Council of Negro Women’s Annual Black Family Reunion; Participation Highlights National Service Day

Funds, family, food, and fun is backdrop for weekend celebration

(Los Angeles, CA) – September 22, 2009 – A $25,000 contribution through Operation HOPE’s (HOPE) signature partner, CIT, will allow the financial empowerment nonprofit to serve as the as the Financial Literacy Pavilion Partner at 24th Annual National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) Black Family Reunion Celebration this Saturday and Sunday, September 12-13, 2009, in Washington, DC.

“When my shero, Dr. Dorothy I. Height, chair emeritus and founder of the NCNW who is also a civil rights legend, reached out to me to bring HOPE’s economic expertise to this historic gathering, I could not refuse,” said HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant. “The opportunity to help empower to become stakeholders in the community is one of the goals of HOPE. It is our pleasure to play a key role here and bring resources to a community that is traditionally under-resourced.”

"Feeling the need for a positive, culturally-based event that would celebrate the enduring strengths and traditional values of the African American family, the National Congress of Negro Women decided to respond with an event focused as a rallying point for government agencies, private and public sector institutions, corporations, community-based organizations and families of all ethnicities to work together on solutions to issues affecting families. We have continued that tradition for the last 24 years,” shared Dr. Height. “I am very pleased that my friend John Hope Bryant and Operation HOPE have joined our Black Family Reunion Event this year to provide economic empowerment opportunities for youth & adults - young and old in our Financial Literacy Pavilion.”

HOPE Corps volunteers will be available at the event to serve community members of all ages providing: financial literacy for youth, economic empowerment for adults and families, and financial preparedness and recovery through the Mortgage HOPE Crisis Hotline for those who are in need. HOPE anticipates it will offer services and information to nearly 50,000 participants during the event. NCNW anticipates nearly 500,000 people will attend over the course of the weekend.

In connection with President Obama’s “United We Serve” Campaign that recognizes September 11th as National Service Day, HOPE’s participation serves as recognition of service to the underserved.

Community and personal empowerment is also a theme of John Hope Bryant’s latest book, Love Leadership: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World. The book, shares the lessons and practices of numerous love-based leaders, as well as Bryant’s own experiences inspired in part by his leadership of Operation HOPE, the leading U.S. financial literacy and empowerment nonprofit.

About National Congress of Negro Women, Inc.
The National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW) is a council of national African American women's organizations and community-based sections. Founded in 1935, the NCNW mission is to lead, develop, and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities. NCNW fulfills this purpose through research, advocacy, and national and community-based services and programs on issues of health, education, and economic empowerment in the United States and Africa. With its 39 national affiliates and more than 240 sections, NCNW is a 501(c)3 organization with an outreach to nearly four million women.