Schwab Employees in Denver Roll Up Their Sleeves at 12 Nonprofits to Celebrate Schwab Volunteer Week

Financial Education Workshops in Three Local Schools among Ongoing Volunteer Projects This Week

Monday, May 17, 2010 11:00 am PDT

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DENVER

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"This year’s Volunteer Week was inspired by our collective passion here at Schwab to break down barriers for people and help them attain financial well-being"

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Local Charles Schwab employees begin participating today in the company’s annual Schwab Volunteer Week, with a heightened focus this year on helping everyday Americans become more financially fit. This year’s Volunteer Week, which runs through May 21, marks the company’s seventh consecutive year that Schwab has galvanized its employees to give back during a designated period of company-sponsored time off. During the week, approximately 160 Schwab employees and executives in the Denver area will donate hundreds of service hours on projects benefiting elementary and middle schools as well as community-focused nonprofit organizations, many of which aim to help alleviate poverty and provide the foundation for financial stability. Nationally, nearly 2,000 Schwab employees across the U.S. are volunteering to benefit 92 different nonprofit organizations.

Local Denver-area Schwab employees nominated and selected a number of community projects to which they will donate their time and energy during the week. These included teaming up with Junior Achievement to provide personal finance lessons at Our Lady Catholic School and Manny Martinez Middle School in Denver, and at Iowa Elementary School in Aurora. The workshops at the three schools will reach 750 students and provide an overview of the core elements of smart money management.

In addition to providing educational workshops, Schwab’s Denver-area employees will perform the following volunteer activities:

  • Cleaning and general maintenance and beautification projects to prepare for the upcoming camp season at Easter Seals Colorado-Rocky Mountain Village;
  • Cleaning and sprucing up the facilities of two Boys & Girls Clubs (the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club and the North Denver Boys & Girls Club);
  • Serving meals to the homeless at the Denver Rescue Mission and youth at Urban Peak;
  • Painting and cleaning the temporary apartments at Family Homestead;
  • Cleaning and beautifying the Girls, Inc. center, as well as organizing storage areas and completing various administrative tasks;
  • Putting together care packages with comfort items, including a security blanket, book and stuffed animal, for Project Night Night.

“This year’s Volunteer Week was inspired by our collective passion here at Schwab to break down barriers for people and help them attain financial well-being,” said Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, president of Charles Schwab Foundation. “Whether it’s leading workshops on financial basics at local schools or serving food to people who otherwise would not have a meal, our goal is to make a difference in as many people’s lives as we can.”

“Giving back to the communities where we live and work is such an important tradition here at Schwab,” said Sherri Kroonenberg, senior vice president of Schwab Investor Services. “So many of our employees give back by donating money to nonprofits and having Charles Schwab Foundation match their charitable contributions, but having a special week like this where the company provides time off for service is really valued by employees and the community.”

Other locations for company-organized volunteer projects include Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago; Indianapolis; Jersey City; Orlando; Phoenix; Richfield, Ohio; San Francisco; and Raleigh, North Carolina. In addition to Schwab employees’ service, Charles Schwab Foundation will donate a minimum $500 grant to organizations where a Schwab Volunteer Week project is being held.

About Charles Schwab

The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE: SCHW) is a leading provider of financial services, with more than 300 offices and 7.9 million client brokerage accounts, 1.5 million corporate retirement plan participants, 783,000 banking accounts, and $1.5 trillion in client assets. Through its operating subsidiaries, the company provides a full range of securities brokerage, banking, money management and financial advisory services to individual investors and independent investment advisors. Named “Highest in Investor Satisfaction with Self-Directed Services” by J.D. Power and Associates in 2009, its broker-dealer subsidiary, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (member SIPC, www.sipc.org), and affiliates offer a complete range of investment services and products including an extensive selection of mutual funds; financial planning and investment advice; retirement plan and equity compensation plan services; referrals to independent fee-based investment advisors; and custodial, operational and trading support for independent, fee-based investment advisors through its Advisor Services division. Its banking subsidiary, Charles Schwab Bank (member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender), provides banking and mortgage services and products. More information is available at www.schwab.com.

About Charles Schwab Foundation

Charles Schwab Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization funded by the Charles Schwab Corporation. Its mission is to create positive change through financial education, philanthropy and volunteerism. More information is available at www.aboutschwab.com/community. (0510-3055)

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