HELP USA recently honored BNY Mellon with a Hero Award in recognition of its efforts to address pressing social and economic challenges in the communities where its employees live and work, and their shared commitment to HELP USA’s vision of ending homelessness. BNY Mellon Chairman and CEO Gerald L. Hassell accepted the award on behalf of the company at HELP USA’s 2015 Hero Awards Dinner.
In his acceptance speech, Hassell shared, “There are countless organizations represented here this evening who join BNY Mellon in investing in helping those less fortunate get on the road to self-reliance. Together, we’re demonstrating the power of public-private partnerships to solve our most pressing issues.”
HELP USA’s mission is to provide housing and supportive services necessary for the homeless and people in need to become and remain self-reliant. BNY Mellon has supported HELP USA since 2009, providing grants for housing support, Supportive Services for the Veteran Families program, Security Guard Training program and the Culinary Arts program. BNY Mellon also provided funding to HELP USA as part of its Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
Through its Powering Potential program, BNY Mellon works with its community partners to provide basic needs such as food, clothing and housing. In 2014, BNY Mellon provided nearly 6,000 vulnerable people with emergency, transitional and permanent housing. BNY Mellon has expanded its support for job training, education and skills development programs that can lead to better jobs and self-sufficiency. Over the past three years, BNY Mellon and its employees have contributed more than $100 million to improve the lives of others.
From L to R: Peter A. Hochfelder, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Gerald L. Hassell (Photograph by Cutty McGill Photography)