Chase Bank Organizes “Operation Revitalization” to Aid Schools in Arizona

Phoenix, AZ | Submitted by Maura Cordova

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With budgets tighter than ever, it can be challenging for schools to keep everything in tip-top shape. But two schools in Phoenix recently got some help, thanks to the annual one-day event where JPMorgan Chase employees and their families volunteer to help revitalize local schools. “Operation Revitalization” aims to aid schools in need and create more enriching learning environments for Arizona students.

On April 1, more than 1,300 volunteers converged on two Espiritu Schools in south Phoenix. Working in conjunction with Teach for America, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Rebuilding Together, a non-profit general contractor, volunteers completed nearly 40 projects, including everything from painting and landscaping to classroom organizing and playground maintenance. Thanks to the generosity of Chase and the Diamondbacks, the schools benefited from $30,000 worth of supplies for the projects, and Rebuilding Together provided valuable guidance on how to complete the many varied tasks.

During last year’s event, the Chase team worked with Roosevelt School District to perform campus improvements at four schools. More than 1,000 volunteers did everything from painting to gardening to cleaning. Efforts also included classroom clean-ups and library organization – a total of 30 projects in all. Paired with more than $15,000 in donated supplies, including a fitness system for one of the schools, the 4,400 volunteer hours made a big impact.
And it was beneficial to more than the school team – the opportunity gave Chase employees and their families a glimpse into the challenges that teachers face. The annual event has already become a valued tradition for Chase employees and they plan to continue in the future. The team at Chase knows that schools in Arizona are facing varied challenges, and they want to be a part of the solution.

“We are so humbled to be able to support our hard-working educators and help to provide a safe, positive and productive environment for local students,” Chase event coordinator Leslie Mulloy said. “We are very thankful for our employees who are committed to our culture of volunteerism and brought their families out to this event aimed to improve the learning environment for our city’s children.”

Chase employees volunteered over 10,000 hours through firm-sponsored events in 2016, along with over $3,000,000 in contributions made by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation to charities in the state.

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