March Fellow of the Month: Natasha Eldridge

After working on a fashion line that ensured sustainability and fair trade practices and several nonprofits, Natasha knew her purpose was to help others. Having recently received her MBA from Simmons College in Boston, MA, she attended the 2012 HOPE Financial Dignity Summit and began volunteering immediately at HOPE Inside Ebenezer.

Women & Finances: The Best Ways to Raise Your Credit Score

We are all looking for ways to better our credit scores, but most of us do not know where to start.  Operation HOPE’s Financial Management Counselor, Rhonda J. Williams, shares her top five tips on how to raise your credit score. Rhonda J. Williams is a financial management counselor at HOPE Inside Ebenezer (HIE) in Atlanta, GA. She has made it her personal mission to educate and re-educate people on how...

Banking On Our Future College Edition Visits Spelman and Morehouse Colleges

 By Omari Pearson, National Program Manager, Banking on Our Future College Edition, Operation HOPE     On March 6, 2014 Operation HOPE Banking On Our Future College Edition had the opportunity to visit Spelman and Morehouse Colleges students in Atlanta, Georgia. The event was held on the Morehouse College campus and led by Spelman College sister and soon to be graduate Lauren Hawkins. The event opened a...

HOPE Intern, Hakeem Clark, Honored by 100 Black Men of Dekalb

By Tara Dennis, Portfolio Manager for Youth Empowerment Initiatives – Atlanta Market Banking on Our Future (BOOF) and HOPE Business In A Box (HBIAB)     Saturday, Feb. 22, Hakeem Tireh Clark was honored for his leadership as a community servant and his significant contributions in advancing and empowering causes associated with youth and community. The prestigious, Future Community Leaders Award, was...

Meet HOPE Market Leader: Jay Bailey

Once a week we will be introducing you to the people who work behind the scenes to make HOPE initiatives and programs possible. This is our way of letting you get to know who we are, what we do, why we are here and how we are working to eradicate poverty. Every Thursday meet a HOPE Market Leader and team members from different departments and programs who are here to serve the mission of...

Announcing the December Fellow of the Month: Edward Minta

Edward (Eddie) Minta recently decided to re-claim his middle name, ‘Kofi.’ In Ghana this is a name given to a boy born on a Friday, although in actuality he is a ‘Kwame’- a boy born on Saturday. Being born on the cusp, his parents were able to name him after his grandfather, preserving the family name. This slight chance, a matter of timing, and maybe the ability to have a will so strong you can determine your fate, basically sums up Eddie.

Interns Pound Pavement for HOPE Business in a Box

I stretched my arm out to deliver a firm handshake, and gave a chipper "Good Morning," to the manager of the Petro Gas Station on a beautiful Thursday morning. That is where my journey began. "My name is Ongelique Sherman and I am here on behalf of Operation HOPE. I was wondering if you received our flyer in the mail?"

HOPE Atlanta Welcomes New BOOF Fellow

This summer, Banking on Our Future College Edition welcomed its first summer fellow- Agustin Garcia. Besides being an amazingly intelligent and humble young man, Agustin has a passion to impact his native nation of Mexico with financial literacy to begin shifting the minds of those who have been limited because of a lack of knowledge in finance.

Atlanta Kaleidoscope Kid’s Summer Camp Success

by Rhonda Williams, HOPE Financial Dignity Center Atlanta HOPE Financial Dignity Center Atlanta had the pleasure of facilitating a Banking On Our Future session for Kaleidoscope Kid’s Camp.  Kaleidoscope Kid’s Camp is noted as a premier Atlanta STEM summer camp where children can explore the diversity of learning, by providing a balance of educational and enrichment activities for youth.  As an intricate part...

HOPE joins YoBoulevard! Block Party

By Morgan Sinclair, Customer Service Administrator, HOPE Financial Dignity Center Atlanta HOPE Financial Dignity Center Atlanta assisted in hosting the YoBoulevard Back to School Block Party in the historic Old Fourth Ward District. Operation HOPE interns Nika and Nicole took the opportunity to visit the block party to promote the center and its Cyber Café.  At the block party, the interns got party attendees...

HOPE Atlanta Welcomes Ongelique Sherman

By Tara Dennis, BOOF Portfolio Manager for Youth Empowerment Initiatives, HOPE Financial Dignity Center Atlanta Please join me in welcoming Ongelique Sherman - HOPE Financial Dignity Center Atlanta’s Summer Intern!! Ongelique is a rising Senior Finance major – Leadership Studies minor at Hampton University.  She has a passion for giving back and helping others.  This drive intensified as a result of...

Donations Help Cyber Cafe Grow

By Morgan Sinclar, Customer Service Administrator, HOPE Financial Dignity Center Atlanta HOPE Financial Dignity Center Atlanta was pleased to have another opportunity to give away ten free memberships to the Cyber Café in Atlanta due to another gracious donor,  Ms. Oletha Stinson. Not only did Stinson donate $100 to the Cyber Café and become a member herself, but she will also be helpful in expanding our Banking...

Finding HOPE in Disaster

June is Hurricane Preparedness Month and the HOPE Financial Dignity Center Atlanta has celebrated the recent installment of the HOPE Forum Series. June’s chapter focuses on the economic consequences of natural disasters and being financially prepared in the event that they may occur. We featured FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate as he explained his duties in the country’s time of need. This series brought community leaders at the government, corporate, and emergency response levels, together with lectures and round table discussions. Recently, tornadoes wreaked havoc in Oklahoma, killing dozens and leaving a massive path of destruction.

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