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UNION BANK JOINS NAACP AND THE MIDNIGHT MISSION TO FEED THOUSANDS OF LA'S HOMELESS
For Immediate Release
Danny Harris of The Midnight Mission (center, middle row) is joined by Union Bank Senior Vice President Carl Ballton (4th from left, front row), president and COO of the Union Bank Foundation, and a team of bank and NAACP Youth & College division volunteers after serving meals to thousands of LA’s homeless during The Midnight Mission.
LOS ANGELES (August 9, 2011) - Union Bank, N.A., recently joined the NAACP Youth & College Division and The Midnight Mission to serve meals to more than 3,000 homeless individuals on Los Angeles' Skid Row. Thirty bank volunteers, who were team captains for the hundreds of NAACP student volunteers, served the meals during the event, which was part of the NAACP's 102nd National Convention in Downtown Los Angeles, designed to give back to the community and raise awareness nationally of the homelessness and hunger problems that plague many of America’s urban centers.
"Our partnership with Union Bank has been an essential part of our success over the past decades," said Midnight Mission President Larry Adamson. "Not only have the bank's employees provided essential banking knowledge and service necessary for our success but, through the Union Bank Foundation, the bank has provided wonderful support during challenging times. From services to monetary support and employee volunteerism, Union Bank has been there for the Midnight Mission."
Joining the Union Bank and NAACP volunteers was Danny Harris, who has experienced the services of the Midnight Mission first-hand. As an 18 year-old student at Iowa State University, Harris was a three-time national champion in track and field and a Silver Medalist at the 1984 Olympics. Four years later, after not making the 1988 Olympic Team, he tried cocaine for the first time at a party and became hooked on drugs. He battled with his addiction for more than a decade and was in and out of seven different treatment centers before coming to the Midnight Mission. "When I got to The Mission, I found a place that allowed me to come in and seek recovery," said Harris, now 43. "It’s a program where you can be more relaxed - you can find a sponsor and you can have work therapy and you can go to school." Harris has been sober for more than four years. He was invited back to Iowa State University to finish his degree program in exchange for coaching the track and field team and recently returned to The Midnight Mission from Iowa to accept a position as assistant to the president.
According to Harris, volunteers are the backbone of The Midnight Mission. "We couldn't possibly do what we do without the help of thousands of volunteers who come through here every year," he said. "I would encourage them to keep doing it and to bring a friend along and let them feel how good it feels to be able to serve someone else."
"Volunteerism is a major part of Union Bank's corporate culture and our nearly 150-year history," said Union Bank Senior Vice President and President and COO of the Union Bank Foundation Carl Ballton. "We know the importance of supporting organizations like The Midnight Mission and the NAACP, and we will continue to serve our communities with this important work."
About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A.
Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $80.1 billion at June 30, 2011. 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 operated 403 full-service branches in California, Washington, Oregon, and Texas, as well as two international offices, on June 30, 2011. 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 www.unionbank.com for more information.