As Americans prepare to mark the anniversary of the September 11 th attacks, the national ‘One America’ tour led by Points of Light and JPMorgan Chase & Co. stopped in New York today to reinforce the power of service. A diverse group of New Yorkers including New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group Danny Meyer and Fox News contributor, co-host of The Five and former White House Press Secretary for President George W. Bush Dana Perino kicked off the day of service that helped rebuild five homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Victor Cruz was also honored with the Daily Point of Light award for his philanthropic work with children around advancing academic achievement and physical fitness. “Despite any differences, we can unite through volunteer service to solve the challenges facing our communities. This is what the One America campaign is all about," said Tracy Hoover, President, Points of Light. "As we mark the anniversary of 9/11 and approach the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, we are reminded of how important it is for people to commit to service, just as they did in the wake of these two disasters.” Volunteers from New York Cares and JPMorgan Chase & Co. worked with the St. Bernard Project, a national disaster recovery organization, and its local partners, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and Friends of Rockaway to help beneficiaries like Ray Pepitone, a NYPD Officer who served as a first responder after 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy, and his family finally return home after last year’s storm. "Today shows the real value and impact of volunteerism. St. Bernard Project has more than 200 Sandy-affected families on our waiting list, but with the support of our partners and volunteers we will continue providing clear, prompt, and efficient paths home for our clients. Today we celebrate, and tomorrow the work continues," said Reese May, Director of East Coast Operations, St. Bernard Project. "Service, citizenship and support for our communities is core to who we are at JPMorgan Chase. We believe it is our fundamental corporate responsibility to use all of our assets – our scale, global reach, expertise and access to capital – to support and invest in these communities and we often work with partners to deliver solutions," said Peter L. Scher, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, JPMorgan Chase & Co. "We are pleased to continue our partnership with St. Bernard Project with this grant, which will help them continue to rebuild homes that were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy and help families return to their lives." For photo highlights of today’s event please visit: here. Additional photos will be added throughout the day. The One America tour is a nationwide effort that aims to bring powerful voices and unlikely pairs in politics, entertainment and sports together with the goal of inspiring Americans to unite in service to their communities throughout the year. The next tour stop will be in Chicago on September 24, 2013. To sign up for regular updates or suggest powerful voices that you’d like to see united in service, please follow the conversation on Facebook or on Twitter using the #1America hashtag, or go to www.one-america.org. 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 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 www.jpmorganchase.com. About St. Bernard Project St. Bernard Project (SBP) is an innovative, award-winning nonprofit disaster recovery organization that works to ensure that disaster-impacted citizens and communities recover in a prompt, efficient and predictable manner. SBP was founded in New Orleans in 2006, in response to Hurricane Katrina. Since then, SBP has rebuilt homes for over 500 families in greater New Orleans and Joplin, Missouri with the help of 50,000 volunteers, and is now working on-the-ground in communities impacted by Superstorm Sandy. SBP has been recognized by President Obama and the Clinton Global Initiative among others, and founder Liz McCartney was named CNN’s Hero of the Year in 2008. For more information on our work in Sandy impacted areas, visit http://sandy.stbernardproject.org/. About New York Cares: New York Cares is New York City’s largest volunteer organization. New York Cares runs vital programs for 1,300 nonprofits, public schools, and city agencies to help people in need throughout the five boroughs, and does so at no cost to the recipient organizations. Since 1987, New York Cares has made it easy for all New Yorkers to work together to strengthen the city.
New York Cares’ 56,000 volunteers are hard at work 365 days a year, teaching children the joy of reading, helping low-income students get into college, providing job training to unemployed men and women, giving companionship to elderly nursing home residents, revitalizing public parks and schools, serving meals to homeless and housebound people, donating coats, and more. Last year, New York Cares helped 400,000 at-risk New Yorkers. To learn more, visit newyorkcares.org.