U.S. Bank Invests $6.6 Million and Engages 73,000 Volunteers to
Support the Arts, Culture, Recreation and Play
MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 26, 2017--
Americans value play, but financial stress continues to limit play time.
U.S. Bank, in partnership with Playworks,
checked in with Americans across the country in a new survey, analyzing
Americans’ relationship with play. According to the survey, 98 percent
of people said they think play is valuable, 86 percent believe it can
relieve stress and yet 38 percent say financial stress prevents them
from playing as often as they'd like.
U.S. Bank is responding by committing to reduce these barriers this
summer through its Community Possible Month of Play. It starts with the
bank investing $6.6 million in local nonprofits supporting play programs
and mobilizing 73,000 employee volunteers to help make play possible for
“We believe in the power of play,” said Reba Dominski, chief social
responsibility officer. “Play brings joy, stimulates creativity and
innovation, helps with problem solving, and builds relationships. Play
is critical to learning and development, health and creating a focus on
the common good in diverse communities. Join us and make a commitment to
get out and play during our Community Possible Month of Play.”
Throughout July, U.S. Bank employees will surprise communities by paying
for tickets to a show or admission to the local zoo, clean-up a
neighborhood park, start a game of flag football at a school program,
paint faces and even work to create new play spaces. For example, the
bank will revitalize and renovate playgrounds and play spaces through
signature projects in Cincinnati, Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee, Los
Angeles, Seattle and the Twin Cities during July and August.
“During the Community Possible Month of Play, our goal is to make play
possible for 100,000 Americans across the country,” said Dominski. “So,
grab your family, co-workers and friends and get out and play this
summer. And tell us about it by sharing your story using
"This survey showed just how much Americans value play,” said Playworks
President Elizabeth Cushing. “From imagination to tag, Playworks is
leveraging the power of play to transform communities and positively
impact people's social and emotional health. We're excited to welcome
U.S. Bank to the movement of organizations committing to empowering
communities to play."
Follow the journey at #CommunityPossible as we make play possible across
the country. For more information, visit www.usbank.com/community.
About Community Possible
Community Possible is the corporate
giving and volunteer program at U.S. Bank, focused on the areas of Work,
Home and Play. The company invests in programs that provide stable
employment, a safe place to call home and a community connected through
arts, culture, recreation and play. Philanthropic support through the
U.S. Bank Foundation and corporate giving program reached $54.2 million
in 2016. Visit www.usbank.com/community.
About U.S. Bank
Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB),
with $450 billion in assets as of March 31, 2017, is the parent company
of U.S. Bank National Association, the fifth-largest commercial bank in
the United States. The company operates 3,091 banking offices in 25
states and 4,838 ATMs and provides a comprehensive line of banking,
investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers,
businesses and institutions. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.
Playworks is the leading national nonprofit
leveraging the power of play to transform children’s physical and
emotional health. Playworks currently serves more than 1,200 schools in
23 regions, and reaches more than 900,000 students directly and through
professional training services.
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Source: U.S. Bank
U.S. Bank Corporate Communications