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January 01 2008

Operation HOPE and The U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce Will Provide Disaster Recovery Tools to Businesses

Silver Rights nonprofit extends preparedness and recovery activities through the Jaycees

LOS ANGELES, CA — September 29, 2008 – The U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) and financial literacy nonprofit Operation HOPE (HOPE) announced today a collaboration that will encourage businesses to help their employees prepare before an emergency or disaster. This preparedness will allow businesses to recover in the shortest time possible as their employees become available to return to work.

Through the strategic Memorandum of Understanding, the Jaycees and HOPE will provide access to an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) and Personal Disaster Preparedness Guide (PDPG), making them available to employees of business in the 38 U.S. cities with Jaycees chapters.

“This partnership promotes the Jaycees belief that economic justice can best be won through free enterprise,” said Jaycees National President Denice P. O’Neil. “It provides an opportunity for individual members to contribute to the development and enhancement of the economic infrastructure, prosperity, and well-being for their community as well as all nations.”

Today, there are about 35,000 Jaycees in the United States. The group, which seeks to develop leadership skills through community service, gives citizens between the ages of 18 and 40 the tools they need to build the bridges of success for themselves in the areas of business development, management skills, individual training, community service and international connections.

Collaboratively, both organizations will concurrently promote Citizen Corps preparedness and recovery ideals and volunteer opportunities. These efforts will also include Jaycees members becoming volunteer HOPE Corps members and conducting preparedness & recovery seminars in their communities.

Fred Smith, managing director of HOPE Coalition America, HOPE’s financial emergency preparedness and recovery division, said, “Our work with the Jaycees will further encourage extended collaborative efforts by all segments of the financial services industry, government agencies and community organizations to provide financial literacy tools to our nation’s work force. Empowering people with access to financial services and resources is part of HOPE’s “silver rights” mission.”