Wells Fargo Employees Going Door-to-Door to Promote NH Promise

Aug. 24, 2011

For Immediate Release
Betsy Yagla
New Haven Promise
(203) 776-6473
(203) 823-0410



Wells Fargo employees join New Haven Promise's door-to-door college campaign


(NEW HAVEN) -New Haven Promise volunteers will join 25 Wells Fargo employees this Saturday to spread the word throughout New Haven about the importance of attending college and doing well in school.

Wells Fargo volunteers from across the state will join New Haven Promise's CollegeCorps effort in knocking on parents' doors to ensure they know about the program and how it can benefit their children. Volunteers will also hand out 'parent kits'--a series of age-specific tips intended to empower parents and guardians to be more involved in their children's education and to help prepare them for college.

"There is nothing more important to our future than to ensure our children do well in school, attend college and receive workforce training," said Kent McClun, Greater Connecticut community bank president for Wells Fargo. "Wells Fargo is supporting New Have Promise: Partnership because the organization has made this a priority focus."

To date, Promise has knocked on more than 200 doors in the Dixwell/Newhallville and Fair Haven neighborhoods with the assistance of 15 volunteers. The volunteers provided by Wells Fargo will allow Promise to double that effort in one day.
Wells Fargo helps fund New Haven Promise: Partnership, the support system designed to create a college-going culture in New Haven schools and community. The CollegeCorps volunteer effort falls under the Partnership umbrella and is an important tool in spreading the word about New Haven Promise scholarships and engaging parents.

This Saturday's canvass will begin at 1 p.m. Volunteers have been trained and will meet at Barnard Environmental Studies School (170 Derby Ave.) before spreading out across the city.

"We need the people living in our communities to be excited about higher educational attainment for our city's young people and I don't think that's the case right now," says executive director Emily Byrne.  "Parents and guardians are paramount in this culture shift but so is the business community.  We hope Wells Fargo's participation will encourage others in the private sector to talk about the importance of the partnerships between parents, education and business in preparing our children for college and the workplace."

If you are interested in joining New Haven Promise's college-going campaign as a volunteer, call 203-776-6473 or email volunteer@newhavenpromise.org.




New Haven Promise is a two-prong program. New Haven Promise: Scholarship provides up to full tuition at in-state public universities and colleges and up to $2,500 to in-state private nonprofit universities and colleges for qualifying New Haven public school students who live in New Haven.      

New Haven Promise: Scholarship is funded by Yale University. New Haven Promise: Partnership is funded by Yale-New Haven Hospital and Wells Fargo. New Haven Promise is a scholarship and support program administered and funded by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.