By Sean L. Sallee Deputy Director, HOPE Corps
Earlier this week, HOPE Corps Director and Deputy Director Evelyn Ducoulombier and Sean Sallee, respectively, participated atthe Points of Light National Conference on Volunteering and Service in Atlanta, GA. The conference brought together thousands of like-minded citizens dedicated to volunteerism and service.
Throughout the week, they participated in and...
Finding ways for people to feel better, improve their moods and reduce stress has become a billion dollar industry. You can buy medicine, sign up for yoga classes or enlist a stress coach. I have a much easier and cost effective idea. VOLUNTEER!
On Saturday, January 19, 2013 Operation HOPE along with the Presidential Inaugural Committee and the U.S. Corporation for National and Community Service will be observing the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service. HOPE Volunteers from across the country will descend on the nation’s capital to share information on how to help strengthen communities and create and sustain opportunities for all Americans.
Operation HOPE doesn’t just aim to educate its clients about finances – we strive to help build communities, creating a sense of connection and ownership from the ground up. With money management affecting everyone’s life, from children to seniors, the goal to spread financial literacy can bring neighbors together, bankers to small business owners, retirees to young students.
As a commitment to bring...
67 minutes is not a long time, but it is certainly enough to begin a journey of service to the community. On July 18th, people worldwide celebrated Nelson Mandela’s birthday by devoting 67 minutes or more to volunteerism. As part of this 67 minutes initiative, Operation HOPE and HOPE Corps volunteers visited Realogile High School in Alexandra to implement BOOF in a Day.
Volunteering isn't just a rewarding way to serve the surrounding community -- it's also a crash course in personal development.
While the importance of financial literacy can never be overstated, Access HOPE Miami and Kiwanis Summer Camp are now exploring the fun side of financial education. HOPE Corps Volunteer Ernst Joseph left his office job as Branch Manager of OneUnited Bank for some campfires, s'mores, and 300 young campers ready to learn the basics of personal finances.
While any kind of volunteering will impact an individual, volunteering for Operation HOPE brings a special kind of experience. Volunteers see communities getting stronger. They help bring happiness and dignity to places where hope seems to be lost.
A volunteer reflects on her experience teaching BOOF: "These intelligent young people just needed to be showed the right direction and supported to help them rise above their circumstances to become valued and contributing members of society."
On May 24, Operation HOPE and Financial Beginnings educators and volunteers had a lot to celebrate. In the first quarter of 2011 an impressive 1,863 youth were educated and inspired through the Banking on the Our Future and Financial Foundations programs. It took over 270 volunteer hours to serve the 1,863 youth, a job well done and a good reason to get together and celebrate our success.
Monday, May 9, 2011 marked the start of the Sanlam - Operation HOPE, South Africa financial literacy education partnership. The first class of learners were taught by HOPE Corps Volunteers, Carmen Williams and Gaynor Claassen at Bellville South High School.
Operation HOPE's Banking On Our Future (BOOF) College Edition partnered with ING on Thursday, April 14 to teach Howard University students how to better manage their finances. Students from The School of Medicine, Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Social Work, Dentistry, and Communications attended the workshop, where the ING volunteers taught the basics of personal finance, college savings, and student loans.
On March 31st, Operation HOPE was honored to recognize Denver’s dedicated volunteer base. With event space generously donated by TIAA-CREF and with gift cards and items generously donated by area organizations including the Denver Nuggets, Starbucks, and Walmart, Operation HOPE (HOPE) was able to appropriately thank those individuals in Denver that generously give their time and talent to deliver Banking on Our Future (BOOF) to at-risk youth throughout the community. With over 350 trained volunteers in