Submitted by: Corps of Compassion
Categories: Community Development
Posted: Jun 14, 2006 – 01:57 PM EST
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 14, 2006--Scott Sullivan, co-founder of Corps of Compassion, a 501(C)(3) non-profit grass roots organization dedicated to connecting survivors of disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, as well as children in need, to available resources, is featured in the June 26, 2006 People Magazine's Hottest Bachelors issue, on stands Friday, June 16. The Corps, committed to developing leadership and community empowerment for adults and young people, has assisted over 10,000 Katrina survivors and first responders through case management, facilitating government aid and contributions. The Corps has also been successful in keeping the conditions and status of victims in the public eye. The Corps has expanded its mission to include being an advocate and provider for children in schools in America without proper nutrition or care.
"It is an honor to be included in this special issue of People magazine, but more importantly, being able to focus on Corps of Compassion as part of the story is a blessing," says Sullivan. "The more media exposure that can be given to grass roots organizations such as Corps, the higher public awareness will be so that people will be encouraged to get actively involved in assisting those who have been faced with profound difficulties."
Sullivan, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he was a successful businessman, founded Corps of Compassion along with his business partner, Las Vegan Joelle Jarvis, immediately following Hurricane Katrina. Using his own funds for start-up, Corps of Compassion was one of the first organizations to physically get water and supplies into New Orleans, working side by side with emergency workers and other volunteers to help victims. Scott spent time in shelters with evacuees and began to try to fill as many of their needs as possible. Since then, Corps of Compassion has opened offices in Las Vegas and Baton Rouge. In addition to fundraising and securing and distributing donated goods, the Corps has become an integral part of the communities, including taking on the responsibility of providing meals for many kids who otherwise would have nothing to eat once school is out and there is no school lunch.
Through business and individual contributions, backpacks for the kids are being filled with individual ready to eat meals, and will be distributed daily at local community centers in areas most in need. Scott and Joelle's motivational speaking background has surely helped them to reach the level of success attributed to the charity, which was named Best Community Organization in Las Vegas for 2006.
The next fundraising event that will take place to assist Corps' programs is the Corps of Compassion Celebrity Poker Run in Las Vegas on Sunday, September 17, 2006 in association with the Las Vegas Bike Fest. Benefits stemming from the Corps' efforts are felt directly by those who need them the most, with no middlemen, no red tape - real heart, real help, real hope. For further information or contributions, visit www.jointhecorps.org.
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