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January 01 2009

Operation HOPE Joins Michelle Obama as She Makes a Case for Volunteerism

John Hope Bryant called to Washington, DC by First Lady to help lead a “call to service”  

(Washington, DC) -- May 21, 2009 – Financial literacy nonprofit, Operation HOPE’s Founder, Chairman and CEO, John Hope Bryant participated as America’s First Lady, Michelle Obama implored some 300 national key community and elected leaders to join her in helping build on the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, a bold expansion of opportunities for Americans to serve their communities and country. 

On May 20th, the Obama Administration called on vital decision-makers to help roll-out the vision of service and invited their organizations to become fully engaged. “During a time of almost unprecedented challenges it is critical that we all work together, the government alone cannot fix everything.  Working together in a sustained, collaborative effort, we can harness our greatest resource, our people, and change the course of history,” said Mrs. Obama.  

Bryant, who attended Operation HOPE’s national online program launch that was held in 20 cities across the country, made possible by support from E*TRADE FINANCIAL, from the Washington, DC Center earlier that morning, made his way to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hall of Flags for the afternoon meeting.    

“HOPE’s invitation stems for its ability to motivate and mobilize volunteers. HOPE Corps is one of our core portfolios, boosting more than 8,000 members that fuel the organization’s “silver rights” mission to eradicate poverty and promote dignity,” Bryant pointed out. “It’s not only possible to change the world, it's practical.  At Operation HOPE we accomplish life-changing work with youth and adults through our HOPE Corps volunteers every day. We look forward to joining the Obama Administration push to create a new era of service in America.”