Students Receive New Library and Gift of Books


Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) will celebrate the renovation of its new READesign® Library on July 9. Through a generous grant from Capital One Bank, The Heart of America Foundation’s READesign® team will work to provide LAYC with age-appropriate reading material for students. Over 15 Capital One Bank volunteers will work at the school to complete the library – from decorating and assembling furniture to sorting and stocking books. In addition to the more than 800 books provided for the library, which include 75 financial literacy-themed books, Capital One Bank will donate three books for each student to begin building his or her own home library. Capital One Bank will announce the total number of books collected at the LAYC ribbon-cutting and unveiling.


  • John Flynn, Vice President of READesign at The Heart of America Foundation®, hosting the event
  • Celia Edwards Karam, Vice-President, Capital One Bank and Market President, Washington DC & Southern MD
  • Capital One Bank volunteers completing construction of the new library
  • Capital One Bank volunteers distributing books in the classrooms and facilitating financial education activities
  • READesign® Library Ribbon Cutting and Unveiling


Latin American Youth Center

1419 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Volunteer Event: 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Ribbon-cutting and unveiling: 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Capital One Bank is committed to expanding economic opportunities for families and small businesses in communities where associates live and work. Community involvement activities are focused in four areas that are important building blocks of economic opportunity: affordable housing; small business and workforce development; financial literacy; and education.

Capital One partners with The Heart of America Foundation® to put books into the hands of children in low-income communities and to create safe, inviting libraries in their schools. Since 2002, the organizations have donated 1,236,000 books valued over $10 million to 550,000 students. Capital One associate volunteers annually donate and distribute books, read to children and donate books to further efforts to foster a love of reading in children that will last a lifetime.

About The Heart of America Foundation

The Heart of America Foundation ( is a national nonprofit headquartered in Washington, D.C. that uniquely promotes volunteer service and literacy. The organization aims to inspire acts of service and a love of reading by building community and providing children in need with the tools to read, succeed and make a difference. Committed to education and volunteerism, The Heart of America Foundation engages volunteers by putting books into the hands of children who need them the most. Since 1997, The Heart of America Foundation has provided children living in poverty with over 3 million library and take-home books, and has engaged volunteers in more than 1,037,500 hours of service to the community.

About Capital One

Capital One Financial Corporation ( is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., had $212.4 billion in deposits and $300.2 billion in total assets as of March 31, 2013. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels. Capital One, N.A. has more than 900 branch locations primarily in Texas, Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “COF” and is included in the S&P 100 index.


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