Today, the impact of income and wealth disparity in America manifests in all areas of our society.

Poverty is different now, and the condition of poverty is spreading into the bone and marrow of this country, putting the entire capitalist and free enterprise system at risk.

In his latest book, Up From Nothing: The Untold Story of How We (All) Succeed, John Hope Bryant offers a radical reimagining of the definition of poverty, and our way forward—planting, nurturing, and growing a sustainable middle class powered by opportunity. This is the work of Operation HOPE—serving as the nation’s private banker to the working poor, the struggling class, and the teetering middle class; transforming communities by equipping people with the tools and training needed to lift themselves up and out of poverty, empowering them to realize their aspirations.

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Join HOPE Corps, our dedicated network of volunteers helping to deliver programming across the nation. We have a wide-range of volunteer opportunities, including some that do not require a background in finance or teaching. Invest your passion and enthusiasm, along with your spare time, and help someone realize their potential today.
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This year, we need 60,000 people to stand with the purpose-driven mission of HOPE to disrupt poverty and empower inclusion for low and moderate-income youth and adults. You can be one.
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Operation HOPE, through the support of government, community and private sector partners, is focused on poverty eradication. Since 1992, we have empowered more than 4 million adults and youth with financial dignity, driving $3.2 billion in economic activity into disenfranchised communities — turning check cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners, minimum wage workers into living wage consumers, and uncertain disaster victims into financially empowered disaster survivors. To learn more about how you can partner with HOPE, contact Jason Schraub: