Mission: The Mission of Short Folks For Hope Foundation is to empower, encourage and celebrate cancer warriors with our special projects: Vivian St. Onge Memorial Rickshaw Team (enabling cancer warriors to experience the joy and exhilaration of charity cycling events with team pedicab drivers; inspired by SFFHF Board Member Vivian St. Onge 1959-2014; initial launch of the Team at the 2014 Dempsey Challenge with event participation in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and a special private team ride in September 2020 for the virtual Dempsey Challenge); The Hope Bear Project (providing Hope Bears and Encouragement Packs to cancer patients to bring comfort and foster hope; Hope Bears can be a cheery travel buddy on their courageous adventures, and patients share photos of their Hope Bear adventures with the tag #shortfolkshopebear); Wishes For Hope (creatively fulfilling little wishes for cancer patients); Furry Ambassadors For Hope (bringing smiles with visits to kids with life-threatening illnesses, respite camps, hospitals, charity and community events with our Furry Ambassadors Lagoona and Kuiper the Dutch Angel Dragons, and Mama Bear Kalliope, Spokesbear of the Hope Bear Project (coming summer 2021); Supers For Hope and Princesses For Hope (encouraging kids to "Stay Strong!", be kind, and never give up hope, with visits to kids with life-threatening illnesses, respite camps, hospitals, charity and community events with our superhero and princess characters); Musicians For Hope (with Singer/Songwriter Kristen Short, Bringing music, prayer and comfort to those in cancer care and hospice); Youth Ambassadors For Hope (motivating, guiding and providing opportunities for youth to be compassionate, creative, hope-fostering members of our communities, and recognizing outstanding charitable efforts by youth); Team Short Folks For Hope and The Short Family's Cool Treats For Charity (nonprofit frozen treat pushcart business also raise funds and awareness for other hope-fostering organizations, including Dempsey Center, Hospice House, Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine, Camp Sunshine of Sebago Lake, and others. See the Cool Treats website at www.cooltreats.org). We are 100% volunteer directed and operated with no salaried staff. Your donations go right to making a difference in a cancer warrior's life.
Target demographics: Encourage, empower and celebrate cancer warriors, and inspire youth to be creative, compassionate members of our communities
Direct beneficiaries per year: Cancer warriors from youth to geriatrics in Maine and throughout the United States.
Geographic areas served: The cancer community
Programs: The Vivian St. Onge Memorial Rickshaw Team, Youth Ambassadors For Hope, The Hope Bear Project, Wishes For Hope, Furry Ambassadors For Hope, Supers For Hope, Princesses For Hope, and Musicians For Hope.