Bank of America supports Cradles to Crayons which provides children with everyday essentials

As a managing director and market executive at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management’s Amy Hughes has a busy job. In addition to her line of business role, she’s also the mother of two which drives her work in giving back to the community.

Overseeing the Illinois and Michigan markets for her day job, Naperville resident Hughes is dedicated to improving and strengthening her community. She serves as the Corporate Advisory Council Chairwoman for Cradles to Crayons, an organization that provides children living in low-income and homeless situations, from birth to age 12, with the essential items, free of charge, they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play.

“Cradles to Crayons provides an incredible service ensuring local children have the proper tools to learn and excel,” Hughes said. “I’ve been humbled by the opportunity to work with this organization as they help make our community stronger.”

Cradles to Crayons launched its Chicago chapter in 2016, in hopes of assisting 16,000 children in its first year. The organization also serves children in Boston and Philadelphia and works to provide children with a year-round giving program of clothing, books, school supplies and toys.

Bank of America provided a significant grant in 2016 to support the launch of Cradles to Crayons Chicago's Everyday Essentials and Ready for School programs. The bank was honored by having its name added to the part of the Welcome Lobby at the Cradles to Crayons Chicago warehouse.

“Bank of America was one of our launch sponsors in Chicago, demonstrating from the beginning its belief that children of all backgrounds deserve access to critical essentials,” said Bernard Cherkasov, Executive Director of Cradles to Crayons Chicago. “Thanks to the Bank's early and strong support, we were able to build a strong operation and serve 17,000 local kids in our first 8 months."

In mid-August, Cradles to Crayons held its Inaugural Ready for School Backpack- A-Thon, teaming up with state and city leaders, as well as more than 200 volunteers from Chicago’s leading companies to fill 10,000 brand-new backpacks with school supplies for local children living in low-income and homeless situations.


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