National ‘One America’ Tour Kicks off in Columbus, Rallying Thousands to
Opens Registration for 2nd Annual Columbus Volunteer Challenge
200 Volunteers Make Vegetable Seed Balls to Plant in Community Gardens via
Franklin Park Conservatory
Columbus Zoo and COSI Columbus Lead Service Discussion as Powerful Voices
WASHINGTON -- July 30, 2013
At Ohio State University today, Points of Light, the world’s largest
organization dedicated to volunteer service, teamed up with JPMorgan Chase,
and volunteers from the John Glenn School of Public Affairs Student
Association and HandsOn Central Ohio to commence a year-long, nationwide
service tour called One America.
“The promise and potential of volunteer service can help us overcome some of
the greatest challenges we face today – including improving access to
education, alleviating hunger, and preserving and protecting our environment,”
said Delores Morton, President of Programs, Points of Light. “Representing one
of the most active service communities in the nation, the people of Columbus
will help us set the bar high and demonstrate the real impact One America can
have in communities.”
The event marked the official opening of registration for the 2^nd annual
Columbus Volunteer Challenge, coming to the city September 7 - 11. The
Columbus Volunteer Challenge, co-sponsored by HandsOn Central Ohio and
designed to create a more engaged community through volunteerism, will engage
20,000 volunteers throughout the city over the five-day period.
In addition, nonprofit leaders Philip Pikelny, Chairperson of the Columbus
Zoological Park Association Board and David Chesebrough, President and CEO of
COSI Columbus served as the tour’s first pair of powerful voices calling for
unity through service, leading a group of volunteers in making vegetable seed
balls for the Franklin Park Conservatory’s ‘Growing to Green’ program.
“We're ecstatic that the Buckeye state is the first stop on the tour,” said
Chase market president Jim Malz. “The One America campaign is all about
uniting people in service and that’s a great way to kick off the first day of
registration for the Columbus Volunteer Challenge. Service is one way we can
use our collective strength to make a difference – and JPMorgan Chase is proud
to join Points of Light to bring people together for One America.”
The One America campaign is a 9-city tour that will run through 2014 to bring
powerful voices and unlikely pairs in politics, entertainment, and sports
together with the goal of inspiring Americans to unite in service for their
communities throughout the year. In each tour city, the 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.
For photo highlights of today’s event please visit: here.
Video clips are also available at: here.
The next One America tour stop will be in Chicago on August 28, 2013. To sign
up for regular updates or suggest unlikely allies that you’d like to see
united in service, please go to www.one-america.org 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 www.pointsoflight.org.
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. In Ohio, the
company employs more than 23,000 and serves 3.2 million customers through
nearly 300 branches and more than 900 ATMs located throughout the state.
Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com
for Points of Light
Anna Sczepanski, 301-585-5034
for JPMorgan Chase
Jennifer Kim, 212-622-7068
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