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January 01 2008

Fred D. Smith Managing Director of HOPE Coalition America Elected Chairman of California Citizen Corps Council

Los Angeles, CA — June 20, 2008 – Operation HOPE, Inc. continues to expand its sphere of influence, as Fred Smith becomes Citizen Corps Council Chairman. Mr. Smith will play a significant role in the development of Volunteer California, the California Disaster Volunteer corps and through National Citizen Corps, which operates within the National Preparedness Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He will assist in implementing the affiliation between Citizen Corps and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in California. This newly announced partnership formalizes the commitment that community colleges play in homeland security, and expands opportunities and our joint missions of comprehensive community preparedness, including use of the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit and the Personal Disaster Preparedness Guide.