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For Immediate Release

Tanya Peebles-Hill
(213) 236-5329

Bank teams with Operation Hope and other organizations to teach financial literacy

LOS ANGELES (March 31, 2010) -- Union Bank, N.A., today announced its support of Financial Literacy Month, which is recognized during the month of April.  Among the many activities, Union Bank will join Operation Hope to educate elementary, middle and high school students throughout California.  Union Bank executives and bankers will volunteer to teach 3,500 students, grades 5th through 12th, one hour per week for up to four weeks.

The classes will be taught using Operation Hope's "Banking on Our Future" program.  The award winning financial literacy program is categorized into four modules -- the curriculum includes the Basics of Banking and Budgeting, Basics of Investments, Checking and Savings Accounts, and Credit.

"We are devoted to educating our youth and committed to our partnership with Operation Hope," said Union Bank Executive Vice President Pierre Habis, head of Retail Branch Banking. "The concept of giving back to the community is embedded in the bank's culture and is a core value."

As part of the Operation Hope partnership, Union Bank executives and bankers will be matched with schools throughout California:
Animo Locke II Charter High School, Los Angeles, CA
Bret Harte Preparatory Middle School, Los Angeles, CA
Camino Nuevo High School, Los Angeles, CA
Carson High School, Carson, CA
Creekside High School, Irvine, CA
Edison Elementary School, Anaheim, CA
Edison High School, Huntington Beach, CA
Franklin Elementary School, Anaheim, CA
Guinn Elementary School, Anaheim, CA
Helen Bernstein High School, Los Angeles, CA
Highlands Elementary School, Concord, CA
Inglewood High School, Inglewood, CA
Jefferson Elementary School, Anaheim, CA
John Muir Middle School, Los Angeles, CA
Key Elementary School, Anaheim, CA
Laguna Beach High School, Laguna Beach, CA
Long Beach Middle School, Long Beach, CA
Orange Grove Elementary School, Anaheim, CA
Revere Elementary School, Anaheim, CA
Roosevelt Elementary School, Anaheim, CA
Ross Elementary School, Anaheim, CA
San Pedro High School, San Pedro, CA
Thomas Starr King Middle School, Los Angeles, CA
Young Black Scholars, Los Angeles, CA
Young Community Developers, San Francisco, CA

In addition, Union Bank executives will partner with several other community organizations, including Junior Achievement Los Angeles, San Diego, Fresno and San Francisco; St. Vincent de Paul San Diego; and South Bay Community Services in Chula Vista to conduct financial education workshops throughout April.  Sessions will also be held at Segerstrom High School in Santa Ana.

"Financial education helps to empower our youth and young adults, and we're excited about the opportunity to make a difference in their lives," said Habis. "We're also very proud of our Union Bank employees who are passionately committed to volunteerism and have already surpassed our goal of 3,000 volunteer hours for financial education by pledging more than 6,000 hours of service to be performed between April and June -- 200 percent more than our goal. This is truly what it means to give back."

About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A.

Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $86 billion at December 31, 2009. Its primary subsidiary, Union Bank, N.A., is a full-service commercial bank providing an array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations. The bank has 340 banking offices in California, Oregon, Washington and Texas and two international offices. UnionBanCal Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG, NYSE:MTU), one of the world's largest financial organizations. Visit for more information.