HELPING OUR PEOPLE EXCELL
June 19, 2010
H.o.p.e. is a program developed from a place of love and compassion by my aunt who saw a need in her community and wanted to find ways of meeting those needs. At this point, more than a dozen members of our extended family have contributed to helping her to make this a successful program.
My family in particular donates educational supplies and toys for the children who visit h.o.p.e.'s Kid's Corner. This helps my two children appreciate their own education more while realizing that many don't get this opportunity. We donate food, bought and homemade, and help to make food baskets at the holidays. My kids have helped to make every loaf of bread we send in. Plus, one Christmas, they involved their friends in making decorated Christmas bags stuffed with cookies. At Thanksgiving, they got their friend's Brownie roop involved to help make baskets. My children involve their friends in these activities, because they see the importance in helping others, and they enjoy it. They want their friends to experience this type of giving also.
I am an educator, and my school did a "Sharing our Humanity" day. H.o.p.e came and set up a booth to share what they do, hoping to inspire more volunteers and to show people the little ways that they can help.
In addition, h.o.p.e. makes it easy for people to give. I have had two friends who wanted to donate stuff, but they didn't have the means to get it anywhere. H.o.p.e sent a truck and handled it for them. This stuff is then sold at a garage sale, where nothing is tagged. People pay what they can. My son, who is five, cares so much about the work done that he was determined that we needed to make cookies and home made lemonade to bring down to the people in attendance.
Finally, h.o.p.e has two community gardens. The most recently built one, is closer to our home, so my children and I will go down and help to weed it this summer.
Overall, there are many ways people in need can get services from h.o.p.e.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
My family has benefitted tremendously as volunteers, because we are empowered to help in ways that we can, within time frames that work with our schedule, and we feel like are a part of a bigger community making a difference.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
They are so welcoming. They make you want to volunteer and give.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
Friendly, kind, and non judgmental.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
Put community gardens all around town. Get more organized. Build more low income housing.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every month
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & My two children and I help by donating products to the Kid's Corner, food for the holidays, and clothes. We help to create the baskets at the holiday season, and this summer we are going to help weed the community gardens.