Wells Fargo Donates $10,000 to Portland Area Council of Camp Fire to promote student volunteer programs in two Northeast Portland schools
PORTLAND — May 10, 1999
About 4,000 students in Northeast Portland will learn first hand about the benefits of volunteering by working on 400 local community projects, thanks to a grant from Wells Fargo and a volunteer program operated by Portland Area Council of Camp Fire.
Wells Fargo has donated $10,000 to Portland Area Council of Camp Fire to fund Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) activities in Portsmouth and Ockley Green schools in the 1999-2000 school year. The Camp Fire organization will place part-time workers in the schools to promote student volunteerism and to coordinate the community service projects.
The projects will be focused on environmental, human, and public safety issues. The projects will be related to the students' academic curriculum and will take place during and after school hours.
"The goal is to provide students with the opportunity to use their academic skills and knowledge in real life situations in their own communities," said Maggie Stone, executive director for the Portland Area Council of Camp Fire. "Volunteering inspires our youth to become active citizens and prepares them to be motivated and involved adults. This support from Wells Fargo will ensure that students in economically challenged schools receive the vital resources needed for success."
YVC activities engage middle and high school aged youth from Washington and Multnomah Counties to address community needs. Local businesses and communities work with the schools to address local issues. The program has been highly successful. Only five years ago it began with 180 youth and now reaches more than 4,000 students.
"This program enhances education and extends learning beyond the classroom," says Benita Harris, a volunteer member of the council's board and a vice president with Wells Fargo. "Wells Fargo partners with organizations, such as the Portland Area Council of Camp Fire, that share our commitment to improve our communities. This grant is a part of the $300 million that Wells Fargo has committed to donating to our communities over a 10-year period."
Founded in 1852, Wells Fargo & Company is a $201 billion diversified financial services company providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and consumer finance through almost 6,000 stores and other distribution channels across North America, including all 50 states, and elsewhere internationally.
Founded in 1921, Portland Area Council of Camp Fire serves youth in Multnomah and Washington Counties. Their mission is to respond to the needs of youth in a changing society through diverse programs that build resiliency and recognize the value of youth as individuals.