|[September 24, 2013]
'One America' Tour Emphasizes Power of Volunteerism to Better Serve Chicago's Youth
CHICAGO --(Business Wire)--
Today retired Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood joined Interim
Executive Director of Chicago Cares Jenné Myers; Founder of Embarc
and Harper High School teacher Imran Khan; poet and activist Malcolm
London; freshman at DePaul University and former Harper High school
student Cassandra Murff and two hundred community members and
leaders to discuss how volunteer service can expand education
opportunities to Chicago's youth. The third tour stop of the national
'One America' tour, led by Points
of Light and JPMorgan
Chase, also honored Kerry Wood and his wife Sarah with
Point of Light award for their continued efforts to support
Chicago's youth through the Wood Family Foundation.
After receiving the award, Kerry Wood helped volunteers from
Chicago Cares and JP Morgan (News - Alert) Chase build resource kits for Chicago public
school teachers. "Sarah and I are honored to receive the Daily Point of
Light Award today and we look forward to continuing our work to build
better futures for our city's children," Wood said.
"The beauty of volunteerism is that you don't have to be a star athlete
to be a hero. Every single person ca make a difference," said Tracy
Hoover, President, Points of Light. "Through the One America
campaign, we are asking people across this country to be heroes by
stepping up and serving where they are needed most. America needs
volunteers now, more than ever before."
Photo highlights of today's event are available here.
"JPMorgan Chase has roots in Chicago going back to 1863 and we are proud
to continue our commitment to the community," said Glenn Tilton,
Chairman of the Midwest, JPMorgan Chase. "Over the past seven years we
have donated $24 million to keep our city's schools strong and safe.
With One America we look forward to empowering a new generation of
volunteers and promoting fresh approaches to service."
The One America tour is a nationwide effort that brings powerful voices
and unlikely pairs in politics, entertainment and sports together with
the goal of inspiring Americans to unite in service to their
communities. The initiative leverages volunteers in service projects to
tackle three major issues: promoting education, ending hunger and
protecting the environment. The next tour stop will be in Miami on
October 17, 2013.
For more information visit One America on Facebook
or follow the conversation on Twitter (News - Alert) using #1America.
About Points of Light
Points of Light-the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer
service-mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the
world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands
of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages four million
volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. We bring the power
of people to bear where it's needed most. For more information, go to www.pointsoflight.org.
About JPMorgan Chase & Co.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services
firm with assets of $2.4 trillion and operations in more than 60
countries. The firm is a leader in investment banking, financial
services for consumers, small business and commercial banking, financial
transaction processing, asset management and private equity. A component
of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves
millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world's most
prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P.
Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is
available at www.jpmorganchase.com.
About Chicago Cares
Founded in 1991 by Leslie Bluhm and Mary Prchal, Chicago Cares is a
nonprofit organization that has mobilized nearly 500,000 volunteers to
meet Chicago's most challenging needs. As the leading service
organization in the city, Chicago Cares creates programs that foster
civic engagement by educating and empowering volunteers to be agents of
change. With 250 monthly group service projects, corporate programs and
annual events, our model connects needs with action. For more
information, visit www.chicagocares.org.
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