DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 22, 2012--
U.S. Bank in the Denver metropolitan area is providing free backpacks
and school supplies to 113 children who reside at Mercy Housing’s Grace
Apartments in Denver. U.S. Bank employee volunteers, along with market
president Hassan Salem and Mercy Housing’s Senior Vice President of Real
Estate Development Jennifer Erixon and community partners, will distribute
the backpacks and school supplies from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. this
Wednesday, Aug. 22.
Mercy Housing’s Grace Apartments is located at
8888 East 13th Ave. (13th Ave. and Yosemite St.) in Denver. Grace
is a family property that maintains a very diverse population comprised
of refugees and immigrants primarily from Southeast Asian countries like
Bhutan, Nepal and Burma.
“The U.S. Bank team is excited to distribute the backpacks and school
supplies to the children at Grace Apartments,” said Salem. “This special
event is one way we show our commitment to the Denver community. U.S.
Bank is honored to have a long and supportive relationship with Mercy
Housing. U.S. Bank has helped Mercy Housing create and preserve housing
for lower income families by providing grants, sponsorships, employees
as board members and financing for their operations and housing
development projects in metro Denver, and across U.S. Bank's 25-state
The backpacks and school materials were supplied through collaboration
between U.S. Bank and Portland, Oregon-based nonprofit Schoolhouse
Supplies. U.S. Bank and Schoolhouse Supplies have been partners since
Mercy Housing, a national not-for-profit affordable housing
organization headquartered in Denver, has a presence in 43 states,
serves more than 139,300 people on any given day and has participated in
the development, financing or operation of 41,700 homes. Mercy Housing
serves families, seniors and people with special needs (formerly
homeless, people with HIV/AIDS and the developmentally disabled). For
more information about Mercy Housing, please visit mercyhousing.org.
Schoolhouse Supplies is a nonprofit organization that gives free
school supplies to teachers and students in need in and around Portland,
Oregon. Teachers spend an average of $1,700 of their own money each year
to provide basic school supplies for their classrooms. Since opening in
January 2000, Schoolhouse Supplies has offset these costs by
distributing more than $16.7 million in supplies to classrooms, teachers
and students in need. The mission is based on the belief that every
child deserves school supplies and has the right to a quality public
education. For more information, call 503-249-9933 or visit www.schoolhousesupplies.org.
U.S. Bank operates 105 branches and employs more than 2,000 people in
the Denver metro area. Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with
$353 billion in assets as of June 30, 2012, is the parent company of
U.S. Bank, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States. The
company operates 3,080 banking offices in 25 states and 5,085 ATMs and
provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance,
investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers,
businesses and institutions. U.S. Bancorp and its employees are
dedicated to improving the communities they serve, for which the company
earned the 2011 Spirit of America Award, the highest honor bestowed on a
company by United Way. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.
Note to editors: Media are welcome to
attend. Jennifer Erixon, senior vice president of real estate
development for Mercy Housing, and U.S. Bank Denver Market President,
Hassan Salem, will be available for interviews.
Source: U.S. Bank
Amy Frantti, U.S. Bank Public Relations