Higher One CARES (Community Action for Resources Education and Service), the community outreach group at Higher One, held its second annual Volunteer Fair on Tuesday.

The mission of the Volunteer Fair is to connect those interested in becoming more active in the community with organizations in need of support. The successful event attracted approximately 150 people comprised of the public, Higher One employees, and other companies and their staff who attended to learn how they can make a difference. Attendees had a chance to mingle and connect with prominent community groups while enjoying music performed by a quartet from Music Haven and refreshments donated by New Haven’s Elm City Market.

Nearly 20 non-for-profit groups were represented Tuesday, including:

• All Our Kin
       

• Solar Youth
 

• Community Foundation of Greater New Haven

• Boys and Girls Club
 

• New Haven Reads

• International Festival of Arts & Ideas
 

• United Way

• Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven
 

• Junior Achievement

• YMCA
 

• LEAP
 

“We're grateful that Higher One is making a real, sustained commitment to New Haven—and encouraging their employees to put down roots in our community,” said Joel Tolman, Director of Development and Community Engagement at Common Ground, an environmental education center. “Local non-profits like Common Ground don't have enough opportunities to speak directly to potential volunteers, especially professionals who bring lots of skills and experience to the table. It's great that Higher One is helping to make that connection.”

“Through Higher One CARES, we are able to directly and positively impact the communities where we live and work. Building on the strong economic benefits our presence brings to New Haven, our employees find meaning in contributing in other ways, too,” said Miles Lasater, co-founder and COO of Higher One.

Higher One CARES was formed by employees at Higher One to help identify opportunities for community involvement and engagement. Though CARES supports a variety of local not-for-profits, its mission is focused on helping build the community based on education, financial literacy and entrepreneurship. Higher One was founded in New Haven in 2000 by students, for students and has recently shifted its national headquarters in New Haven to the newly-renovated Winchester Arms Factory. The founders share their passion for community involvement by encouraging employees to make an impact through local efforts that match their interest and by giving each employee one full paid day a year to use as a “Day of Service.” For more detailed information on the event and the community groups represented, please contact Higher One.

About Higher One

Higher One Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ONE) is a leading company focused on helping college business offices manage operations and providing enhanced service to students. Through a full array of services from refunds, payments, electronic billing, payment plans and more, Higher One works closely with colleges and universities to ensure students receive Financial Aid refunds quickly, can pay tuition and bills online, make on-campus and community purchases and learn the basics of financial management.

Higher One provides its services to approximately 6.0 million students at distinguished public and private higher education institutions nationwide. More information about Higher One can be found at HigherOne.com.

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