Local Bank of America banker teaches the importance of giving back

To local Portland banker Jonathan Sewell, giving back has a special significance.

The Oregon Food Bank was a key source of food for Jonathan growing up, as his mother and grandmother needed assistance. Now he is showing his daughter the importance of giving back to the community that supported him and his family when they needed it most.

Jonathan is a regular volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank, working in the freezer and cooler, stacking dry foods and sorting fresh fruit and vegetables. His passion became an opportunity to foster a love of volunteering in his 7-year-old daughter, Ava, when she started asking why he was leaving the house in his red Bank of America volunteer shirt each week.

"The Oregon Food Bank has a special place in my heart, and I am proud to share my passion for giving back with my daughter, as well as with my Bank of America colleagues," said Sewell, a vice president of commercial banking at Bank of America. "I feel compelled to make a difference, and I'm proud that my company gives me the power to do so."

As the chair of the Bank of America Community Volunteers group, Jonathan sets an example for the many local bank employees who volunteered 16,000 hours last year, 600 hours with the Oregon Food Bank alone.

Bank of America encourages and supports employees' volunteerism by providing two hours of paid time off each week for employees to volunteer for causes they are passionate about. The bank also matches dollar for dollar up to $5,000 any personal philanthropic donations employees make. And when an employee dedicates 50 hours of volunteer time to a single organization, the bank will issue a small grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Last year, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation donated $2.5 million in the Portland-Vancouver area.


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