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February 13 2013

Operation HOPE’s Volunteer Base Garners nearly $300,000 of In-Kind Support

HOPE Corps membership tops 20,000  

Los Angeles – February 14, 2013 – Operation HOPE announced today that its HOPE Corps division received more than $278,000 of in-kind service hours for 2012; since HOPE Corps’ inception over 20,000 members have delivered more than 100,000 hours of financial dignity education and empowerment to youth and adults.

By the end of 2012, the HOPE Corps volunteer roll reflected a record 20,326 members as the organization celebrated its 20th anniversary. Based on the current national value of volunteer rate, set at $21.79 per hour, in 2012 HOPE’s partners provided 12,717 hours of service for HOPE’s programs, reflecting the $278,000 of in-kind support.

“As we continue to celebrate our 20th Anniversary, we appreciate the support and role our partners play in the delivering our programs. These individuals are a tremendous benefit to our organization, as well as their communities,” said John Hope Bryant HOPE founder, chairman and chief executive officer.  “Volunteers do more than educate and inspire those around them.  They provide additional benefits to their community and to their employers. They are the real heroes in our community.”

Recruited from financial services industry professionals, HOPE Corps member receive training via conference call or webinar, covering HOPE’s background, roles and responsibilities, resources available, how to use the Client & Volunteer Management System and the best practices for current disaster recovery.  

“Not only is the need for financial education and financial dignity increasing in the United States and around the world, but the value HOPE can provide to its volunteer partners is also strengthening.  And this mutual benefit is a sign of a strong partnership,” said David Bell Managing Director of HOPE Corps.

Dedicated to empowerment, 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.