'One America' Tour Emphasizes Power of Volunteerism to Better Serve
Kerry & Sarah Wood receive Daily Point of Light Award; Volunteers assemble 120
teacher resource kits
CHICAGO -- September 24, 2013
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 the Daily Point of Light award for
their continued efforts to support Chicago’s youth through the Wood Family
After receiving the award, Kerry Wood helped volunteers from Chicago Cares and
JP Morgan 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 can 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 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 andoperations 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.
for Points of Light
Anna Sczepanski, 301-585-5034
for JPMorgan Chase
Christine Holevas, 312-732-6206
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