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Over 900 volunteers gather to participate in Wells Fargo’s presented third-annual MLK Day of Service

January 19, 2017

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Celebrating a day on instead of a day off, more than 900 Wells Fargo team members and community volunteers joined together to live Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream Monday.

With the support of dozens of nonprofit organizations, HandsOn Jacksonville, LISC Jacksonville, HabiJax and United Way of Northeast Florida arranged more than two dozen Wells Fargo-sponsored community service projects while also informing residents about free tax preparation and financial education services provided by United Way’s RealSense.

Focused on the Springfield, East Jacksonville, New Town and Northwest Jacksonville neighborhoods, volunteers united to increase financial awareness, clean-up buildings and streetways, landscape blighted areas, distribute food to those in needs, paint murals and more.

“At Wells Fargo, caring for our local communities is embedded in our culture,” said Kelly Smith, North Florida region president, Wells Fargo. “We strive to make a positive, lasting impact on our local communities through our ongoing philanthropic efforts, and we appreciate the strong relationships we have with the nonprofit organizations who help make that possible across North Florida.”

Committed to promoting the long-term economic prosperity and quality of life for everyone, Wells Fargo and its team members volunteered time today to communities supported by the Financial Capability Network, a national partnership between Wells Fargo and United Way to help stabilize neighborhoods.

“Dr. King represents the power of hope, strength in communities and the importance of service to others,” said Michelle Braun, United Way of Northeast Florida president and CEO. “We share Dr. King’s vision and are working to build communities of opportunity where everyone has hope and can reach their full potential. We are so thankful for the partners, volunteers and supporters who help us work toward this vision in Northeast Florida every day.”

With hundreds of volunteers sharing information with neighbors, enhancing school campuses and revitalizing neighborhoods, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service projects contribute to building an even better community for all.

Together, Monday’s more than 900 volunteers logged more than 3,600 hours of community service.

“I am in awe of the volunteers and the impact that we made on our community Monday on one of the largest national service days,” said LeAnn Daddario, CEO of HandsOn Jacksonville. “I want to thank all of our partners. Service truly does unite others.”