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250 Discover Volunteers Give One Hope United’s Campus a Makeover

LAKE VILLA, IL (Sept. 5, 2012)

WHO:    One Hope United’s 33-acre campus in Lake Villa, Ill., will be revitalized by 250 volunteers from Discover Cardmember Services & Consumer Banking and Chicago Cares as part of the Discover Cares Month initiative.

WHEN:   Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: One Hope United, Richardson Building #5, 215 N. Milwaukee, Ave., Lake Villa, IL

WHY:       One Hope United’s Lake Villa campus is home to 20 boys, ages 10-18 years,    most of whom have experienced severe abuse. One Hope United provides counseling, therapy and individualized educational services with a goal to transition the boys to live with a family in the community. The campus also features a therapeutic day school for 45 boys in grades 7-12.

“The boys and the staff at One Hope United are grateful for efforts from volunteers like those from Discover to improve the facilities on our campus,” said Mark McHugh, executive director of One Hope United. “Also, we could never manage the logistics of 250 volunteers on one day without the fantastic coordination of Chicago Cares.”

“Discover Cares Month provides a great opportunity to address the needs of our local communities and the desire for our employees to get involved,” said Carlos Minetti, president of consumer banking and operations at Discover. “Together, we hope to make a positive impact on the organizations we support and a difference in the lives of those they benefit.”

Volunteers will landscape One Hope United’s front entrance; construct an outdoor classroom to enhance residents’ learning environments; build benches; and restore the volleyball and basketball courts to encourage physical activity. They also will improve the boys’ living spaces by building cubbies for storage and painting wall and hallway murals.

Discover partnered with Chicago Cares as part of its Discover Cares Month, an annual volunteer initiative. Chicago Cares works to better communities through volunteer projects. Volunteer transportation, supplies, training and food are coordinated through Chicago Cares.

About One Hope United: One Hope United is a private human service organization dedicated to protecting children and strengthening families. We offer an array of prevention, intervention and community-based programs. With offices in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri and Florida, our programs impact more than 42,000 children and families each year. For more information, visit www.onehopeunited.wpengine.com.

About Chicago Cares: Chicago Cares builds volunteer experiences that mobilize and inspire people to make Chicago a stronger community. Chicago Cares develops more than 200 group volunteer projects each month serving children, adults and seniors in need, as well as the environment. Through volunteer service, Chicago Cares enables, educates and inspires people to make Chicago a better place for everyone. For more information, please visit www.chicagocares.org.

About Discover: 
Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company operates the Discover card, America’s cash rewards pioneer, and offers home loans, private student loans, personal loans, online savings accounts, certificates of deposit and money market accounts through its direct banking business. Its payment businesses consist of Discover Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation’s leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with acceptance in more than 185 countries and territories. For more information, visit www.discoverfinancial.com.

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