I've been involved with many non-profits, but non like ABC Hopes. In all honesty, ABC Hopes is what a non-profit, that genuinely cares about giving Hope, should be. ABC Hopes, All Because Christopher Hopes... They've gone above and beyond their mission statement and have inspired so many through their service to the community as a whole. What makes them different is that they are about helping everyone and anyone not just their members, truly giving Hope. They have a regular fundraising event, Row-A-Thon where people from all walks of life come together. At these events they've helped new non-profits get their start. they've helped families in need, they've had recipients with illnesses. This to me is a beautiful because, as I mentioned, I've worked with other organizations and all are so guarded with their donors/connections fearing they'll lose a donation. Some organizations can be a little scary. Witnessing ABC Hopes' selfless approach first hand, has inspired myself and many others to go above and beyond, being a positive contagious influence to those around us.
We were blessed to meet the ABC Hopes crew a few years back at the Anaheim Farmers Market and man do they make a lasting impression! I remember meeting Christopher, Katie and Mike (dad) all are a great people! We've been blessed to have been a part of several events and all I can say is they inspire us to be better people. Seeing all the things the program does, how they really go in wholeheartedly is beautiful to witness! We LOVE ABC Hopes and hope they continue to grow touching lives like they have ours!
I'm not a huge believer in charities, after hearing all the horror stories I've become a bit cynical toward big foundations collecting money without doing my research.
However, I've had the privilege of spending two days in the last year with these guys while catering their fundraiser casino nights and these are some really good people doing some really good things. The energy they give off is infectious and you can tell every single person on the team is passionate about what they're doing.