Popular Community Bank has a wonderful relationship with Operation HOPE, and made a couple significant financial contributions to the organization over the last two weeks.
Last week, the Illinois Region of Popular Community Bank hosted our annual bowl-a-thon at Kings Bowling in Rosemont. More than 200 employees, including Popular Community Bank Chief Operating Officer Manuel Chinea, bowled and helped raise money.
At the event, Sr. Vice President and Illinois Region Executive Michael McCracken presented a check for $13,000 to Mary Ehrsam, President, Global Youth Empowerment Group and CEO of the New York Market of Operation HOPE, Inc.
The funds raised through the bowl-a-thon will be utilized specifically to benefit Operation HOPE’s Banking On Our Future program in the Chicagoland area.
On Wednesday, Sept. 4, Chinea and California Region Executive Vern Aguirre presented Operation HOPE with a check from the Popular Community Bank Foundation for $90,000 to aid Operation HOPE’s America 2020 Project. Aguirre has been a member of the Operation HOPE Southwestern Board of Directors since 2004.
The America 2020 Project is working to expand the Operation HOPE’s Business In A Box (HBIAB) to two schools per year in the Los Angeles Unified School District and empower 500 youth per year to learn the basics of banking and how to take control of their financial future through Operation HOPE’s Banking on Our Future program.
Operation HOPE has served more than 2 million individuals, directing more than $1.5 billion in private capital to America’s low-wealth communities while growing a base of more than 20,000 HOPE Corps volunteers in more than 300 U.S. cities since 1992.
The Popular Community Bank Foundation was established in 2004 with the mission of strengthening the social and economic well being of the communities Popular Community Bank serves. The Foundation is a wholly employee-funded philanthropic organization that has invested more than $2 million in non-profit organizations with programs focusing on education and community/economic development. The Foundation grants are maximized with the time and effort of Popular Community Bank employee volunteers.