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June 19 2014

Operation HOPE is Proud to Announce the Walter W. Jackson Fund, Library and Fellowship

Atlanta, June, 19, 2014 - Operation HOPE, the leading nonprofit in financial literacy is proud to announce in memoriam of HOPE Inside Ebenezer’s Vice President, Walter W. Jackson, II, Wells Fargo has established the Walter W. Jackson Memorial Fund. The fund was established for his three children Christopher, Joshua and Kyndall.

HOPE Inside Ebenezer affectionately called, “The living room of the community,” is creating the Walter W. Jackson Financial Dignity Memorial Library and a Fellowship in his name.  The library will consist of books about entrepreneurship, credit management, homeownership next to great authors as Martin Luther King, Jr., Silver Rights, Civil Rights and community activism.

To see a video and images of Walter Jackson please visit our flickr page.

The Casey Foundation, a partner with Operation HOPE has agreed to be the sponsor of the Walter Jackson Fellow at HOPE Inside Ebenezer. The fellow will be actively engaged with the community, look for opportunities for sponsorship and partnership, help with all the programs of the Project 5117 Initiative and will assist with event planning.

James ‘Jay’ Bailey CEO of the HOPE Atlanta Market states “Walter Jackson played an integral role in making the vision that was HOPE Inside Ebenezer, real.  We are honored to celebrate his legacy and contribution to the the greater community in ways that will continue to impact the lives of others.”

The library is expected to be open in early 2015.

To make a contribution to the Walter W. Jackson Fund, please visit your local Wells Fargo branch or contact Natasha Eldridge at 404-941-2919 or natasha.eldridge@operationhope.org.

About Operation HOPE, Inc.

Since its inception in 1992, HOPE, a global nonprofit focused on financial dignity, has empowered more than 2 million individuals and directed more than $1.5 billion in private capital to America's low-wealth communities. It has recruited a growing army of 20,000 HOPE Corps volunteers, and helped raise average credit scores for financial case management clients more than 120 points over an average 18-month period. It currently serves more than 300 U.S. cities, as well as South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and most recently, the United Arab Emirates. Currently HOPE is focused on Project 5117, a multi-year initiative that will track and increase business role models for youth, boost credit scores for adults, and empower underserved communities, as a part of its “silver rights” mission to make free enterprise work for everyone.

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