OMAHA, Neb. -- Mutual of Omaha Bank and nonprofit organization Operation HOPE launch "HOPE Inside" to bring financial empowerment opportunities to Omaha and surrounding areas. A grand opening will take place on Thursday, Feb.23, 2017, at Mutual of Omaha Bank's 3333 Farnam Street branch. Cocktails and hors d'ouevres will begin at 4;30 p.m. followed by a program at 5:00 p.m. with featured speaker John Hope Bryant, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE, Inc.
HOPE Inside will provide free community-based financial education to those working to secure a brighter financial future. Locations feature a financial literacy counselor to provide credit and money management counseling, a 700 Credit Score Communities program and entrepreneurial training for aspiring small business owners.
"Mutual of Omaha Bank understands Operation HOPE's mission, vision and, most importantly, the unique operating environment nonprofit organizations operate within," said Bryant. "This understanding, and mutual trust within the context of the relationship, is as important as the capital to fuel our growth."
HOPE Inside locations exist literally "inside" financial institutions, retail stores, supermarkets, local municipalities and community-based partners, allowing Operation HOPE to reach more people while cutting out the expensive overhead costs of running a financial education center. Currently, HOPE operates 63 HOPE Inside locations throughout the country.
"We are excited to expand our partnership with Operation HOPE as they continue their work to educate and empower the underserved and struggling in America," said Jeff Schmid, Chairman and CEO of Mutual of Omaha Bank.
NOTE: John Hope Bryant will be available for one-on-one interviews between 3-4 p.m. at the Mutual of Omaha Bank location, 3333 Farnam St. Please contact Kelly Stone (402) 351-3031 if you'd like to coordinate an interview.
About Mutual of Omaha Bank
Mutual of Omaha Bank is a full-service bank, providing financial solutions to individuals and businesses across the United States. With $8 billion in assets, Mutual of Omaha Bank is a subsidiary of Mutual of Omaha, a highly rated Fortune 500 insurance and financial services company founded in 1909. To learn more about Mutual of Omaha Bank, visit http://www.mutualofomahabank.com.
About Operation HOPE, Inc.
Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Los Angeles, Operation HOPE is rated a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator. A global nonprofit focused on financial dignity, HOPE has empowered more than 2.5 million individuals and directed more than $1.8 billion in private capital to America's low-wealth communities. Currently, HOPE is focused on Project 5117, a multi-year initiative that will track and increase business role models for youth, boost credit scores for adults and empower underserved communities. To learn more about Operation HOPE, visit www.operationhope.org.