National 'One America' Tour Kicks off in Columbus, Rallying Thousands to Service

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WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- At Ohio State University today, Points of Light, the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, teamed up with JPMorgan Chase, and volunteers from the John Glenn School of Public Affairs Student Association and HandsOn Central Ohio to commence a year-long, nationwide service tour called One America.

"The promise and potential of volunteer service can help us overcome some of the greatest challenges we face today - including improving access to education, alleviating hunger, and preserving and protecting our environment," said Delores Morton, President of Programs, Points of Light. "Representing one of the most active service communities in the nation, the people of Columbus will help us set the bar high and demonstrate the real impact One America can have in communities."

The event marked the official opening of registration for the 2nd annual Columbus Volunteer Challenge, coming to the city September 7 - 11. The Columbus Volunteer Challenge, co-sponsored by HandsOn Central Ohio and designed to create a more engaged community through volunteerism, will engage 20,000 volunteers throughout the city over the five-day period.

In addition, nonprofit leaders Philip Pikelny, Chairperson of the Columbus Zoological Park Association Board and David Chesebrough, President and CEO of COSI Columbus served as the tour's first pair of powerful voices calling for unity through service, leading a group of volunteers in making vegetable seed balls for the Franklin Park Conservatory's 'Growing to Green' program.

"We're ecstatic that the Buckeye state is the first stop on the tour," said Chase market president Jim Malz. "The One America campaign is all about uniting people in service and that's a great way to kick off the first day of registration for the Columbus Volunteer Challenge. Service is one way we can use our collective strength to make a difference - and JPMorgan Chase is proud to join Points of Light to bring people together for One America."

The One America campaign is a 9-city tour that will run through 2014 to bring powerful voices and unlikely pairs in politics, entertainment, and sports together with the goal of inspiring Americans to unite in service for their communities throughout the year. In each tour city, the campaign will unite hundreds at a service event and also issue a call to action for tens of thousands to make a tacit commitment to service.

For photo highlights of today's event please visit: here.

Video clips are also available at: here.

The next One America tour stop will be in Chicago on August 28, 2013. To sign up for regular updates or suggest unlikely allies that you'd like to see united in service, please go to or follow the conversation on Twitter using the #1America hashtag.

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 4 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

About JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYS: 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. In Ohio, the company employs more than 23,000 and serves 3.2 million customers through nearly 300 branches and more than 900 ATMs located throughout the state. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at and @ChaseNews.

for Points of Light
Anna Sczepanski, 301-585-5034
for JPMorgan Chase
Jennifer Kim, 212-622-7068

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