Bank of America’s Duty to Serve Military Families at Home Base – 5 Years and Counting

Volunteers from Bank of America came out to Fenway Park in droves on Saturday, July 15 for a day that focused on philanthropy and serving military families at the 8th Annual Run to Home Base presented by New Balance. The event focused on honoring Vietnam veterans and supporting the mental health and support services Home Base provides to Veterans, Service Members, and their Families.

Bank of America MSAG volunteers support and help prepare for Home Base’s signature fundraiser: the Run to Home Base.

Leading up to the event, volunteers from Bank of America’s Military Support and Assistance Group (MSAG), put together “gratitude bags” for invited Vietnam veterans and their guests, continuing their volunteer efforts on race day by running or walking in the race as part of their corporate team or posting “I Salute” cards on every single chair at Fenway Park. These cards were used later that day during the 3rd inning of the Red Sox vs Yankees game during players and fans alike displayed the name of a veteran they wished to honor in a powerful demonstration of unity and honor.

Supporting Resiliency in Veterans and Families

“America’s military veterans, service members, and families are a pivotal part of our community in Massachusetts, and Bank of America has a longstanding commitment to these outstanding fellow citizens as they transition from military service to civilian life,” said Miceal Chamberlain, Bank of America Massachusetts President. “Our relationship with Home Base enables us to reach out to veterans and their families to deliver on this commitment – through financial education, volunteerism, and philanthropic support to help them face the unique challenges they experience at home. It is our honor to be a part of their journey toward wellness and economic mobility.”

A Veteran participates in Home Base’s Resilient Warrior Program at UMass Boston.

“We have seen hundreds of veterans and their families learn ways to be more adaptable in the face of stress through this resilience program, said Louisa Sylvia, PhD, Home Base’s Director of Health and Wellness at Home Base. “Thanks in part to Bank of America’s support, we have been able to extend our Resilient Warrior Program to community locations and even offer it as a 2-credit course for Veteran students at UMass Boston.”

Bank of America’s commitment to helping our country’s veterans and military families isn’t limited to their foundation relationship with Home Base.  As a national organization, they have developed several financial wellness programs as part of their Better Money Habits for Military financial literacy series.  These modules have been specifically designed for military families’ needs.  Bank of America has also tailored several of these financial education modules to be presented to participants during Home Base’s two-week Intensive Clinical Program (ICP). This interactive presentation is delivered to the participants by volunteers from Bank of America on a regular basis.

Bank of America volunteers host “Better Money Habits for Military” curriculum at Home Base.

“Bank of America has been a strong supporter and partner to Home Base in so many ways.  As a company, they truly appreciate the sacrifices made by our military community and want to give back,” said Joyce Donadio, Home Base’s Volunteer Coordinator. “They have a strong corporate culture centered around giving back to the community and employee engagement in volunteer activities. Bank of America has not only helped support our programs with funding, but their volunteers are always willing to lend a hand wherever it’s needed.  They are a great group of people and we love working side by side with them.”

“If anyone wants to make a difference in the Boston community, Home Base is a great place to start,” added Lewis Runnion, Public Policy Lead and Director of Military Affairs, Bank of America. “We want to make this community a better place for everyone, and Home Base is a wonderful group of people to work with —changing the lives of everyone who walks through their doors.”