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Points of Light and JPMorgan Chase Kick Off National ‘One America’ Tour to Unite Communities and Unlikely Allies in

  Points of Light and JPMorgan Chase Kick Off National ‘One America’ Tour to
  Unite Communities and Unlikely Allies in Volunteer Service

Business Wire

WASHINGTON -- July 30, 2013

In Columbus, Ohio today Points of Light, the world’s largest organization
dedicated to volunteer service, and JPMorgan Chase are teaming up to commence
a year-long, nationwide service tour called One America. The campaign will
bring together rivals in politics, entertainment, and sports with the goal of
inspiring Americans to unite in service for their communities throughout the
year. At the end of the campaign, Points of Light will have built an online
and on-the-ground community of Americans—hundreds of thousands strong—who have
united to volunteer their time, voices, or money in support of community

“From city to city and neighborhood to neighborhood, this campaign will
demonstrate that—even in divisive times—service and volunteerism have the
power to bring the country together as One America,” said Tracy Hoover,
President, Points of Light.

"At JPMorgan Chase, we use our strength and global reach to support our
clients and communities in every city where we work. In just the last three
years, our employees provided more than 1 million hours of service  to their
communities around the world," said Peter L. Scher, Executive Vice President
and Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, JPMorgan Chase. "By joining
forces with Points of Light for One America, we are endeavoring to do even
more as a firm, and to inspire people everywhere, from all walks of life, to
come together to serve and build stronger communities."

In each tour city, the One America campaign will unite hundreds at a service
event and also issue a call to action for tens of thousands to make a tacit
commitment to service. Today’s One America kick off in Columbus also marks the
official opening of registration for the 2^nd annual Columbus Volunteer
Challenge. At the event, 200 business and community leaders, students, and
local nonprofit staffers will make vegetable seed balls to promote community
gardening and nutrition. The beneficiary organization is the Franklin Park
Conservatory’s ‘Growing to Green’ program, Columbus's largest organized effort
to promote and provide free resources for community gardening.

Eight tour stops are planned in addition to Columbus. Tour details currently

  * Chicago, IL August 2013
    The tour will stop in Chicago as the nation celebrates and reflects on the
    50^th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
    Iconic sports rivals and civil rights leaders will spark a dialogue to
    help the next generation think about new ways to promote civil rights and
    build the future of Chicago. Volunteers will pack school supply kits for
    underserved children in the Chicago public school system.

  * New York, NY September 2013
    JPMorgan Chase will host a dialogue that reflects on the events of 9/11,
    commemorates the tremendous outpouring of service and unity in response to
    the attacks, and focuses on current and future service challenges. In a
    tribute to emergency and disaster relief workers in New York City, the
    campaign will also honor those who led recovery efforts following
    Hurricane Sandy. Participants will pack Disaster “Go Kits” that will be
    distributed through the NYC Office of Emergency Management. Following the
    event, 100 JPMorgan Chase employee volunteers will participate in a
    Hurricane Sandy recovery project.

  * Miami, FL October 2013
    In Miami, the campaign will rally volunteers to help 500,000 local
    students succeed in school and life. With a grant from JPMorgan Chase,
    students at Northwestern High School in Liberty City, Florida will open an
    aquaponics lab that will teach students about economic development and
    microfinance. During the tour stop, students, educators, and celebrities
    will engage in a service challenge that inspires attendees to think
    creatively about student success and learning.

  * Houston, TX November 2013
    The Houston tour stop will correspond with Points of Light’s Veteran’s
    Day-related service initiatives and help female veterans and their
    families overcome challenges they're facing as they transition to civilian
    life, such as unemployment and safe and affordable housing.
  * Atlanta, GA January 2014
    This tour stop is part of Points of Light’s goal to host thousands of
    Sunday Suppers across the nation on MLK Day. This event will convene
    renowned civil rights leaders, community volunteers, and business leaders
    to break bread, have a meal, and discuss how Atlanta–and the country–can
    unite through service.

  * Phoenix, AZ February 2014
    According to the USDA, almost 14 percent of Arizona residents live in food
    deserts and lack access to fresh, healthy, affordable food. The Phoenix
    tour stop will aim to help residents living in these food deserts obtain
    food security.

  * California March 2014
    The California tour stop (city pending) will aim to unite Californians to
    help preserve and protect the environment. Dialogue and service activities
    will focus on what local residents can do to “green” their surroundings.

  * Washington, D.C. April 2014
    The One America Tour will conclude with a Congressional briefing on
    Capitol Hill featuring selected tour participants and community
    volunteers. The briefing will include a recap of Americans’ engagement in
    the campaign, and emphasize the importance of increased support for
    service initiatives to federal policymakers.

* Dates and details subject to revision.

This June, the first set of One America rivals, Donna Brazile and Karl Rove, 
and Bill O’Reilly and David Plouffe, announced the national campaign at the
Conference on Volunteering and Service in Washington, D.C. Brazile and Rove’s
on-stage dance proved that even the most unlikely allies could put aside
differences to support service and build stronger communities.

To sign up for regular updates or suggest unlikely allies that you’d like to
see united in service, please go to or follow the
conversation on Twitter using the #1America hashtag.

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 4 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

About JPMorgan Chase

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


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Anna Sczepanski, 301-585-5034
for JPMorgan Chase
Jennifer Kim, 212-622-7068
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