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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Jessica’s Hope Project is a newly founded 501 c 3 non-profit organization that focuses on sending fitness-oriented care packages overseas to all branches to the military in many different parts of the world. It started with a simple email to the CEO of 24 Hour Fitness. We are now trying to raise money to cover the shipping of care packages overseas to our deployed military. The average deployed military individual loses 50 pounds of body weight per deployment (information from the United States Marine Corp). Our goal is to keep this from happening by providing protein bars, muscle milk and vitamin supplements to as many military individuals as possible to maintain their physical well being and mental sharpness. By doing so, we are increasing the odds of our military not only doing their physical and mental best as they fight for our country but also coming home to their families and loved ones in better shape than in the past wars when these products were not readily available.

Results: Total number of boxes shipped as of 5/4/13: 1429

Target demographics: our deserving deployed troops overseas

Programs: Fitness Care Packages Bam Bam's Feast

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

TJ T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

JHP is one of the best non-profits I have encountered during my time in the service! As military members a lot of us are gym rats and the protein bars and mixes supplied via this generous care packages is not only a morale booster but helps to improve ourselves. I wish there were more organizations such as JHP. Their customer service is superior with incredibly quick response times. I will be recommending this to my friends and fellow military members.

Thank you for your support and Happy Holidays!

1 Lynn52

Client Served

Rating: 5

JHP is by far the best non profit for our troop's. Sending protein mixes and protein bars helps these guys stay fit. They experience so much weight loss that her items help them not just mentally but physically. Her reason for starting this non profit is heartwarming, and so is she. I am proud to have been able to work an event with her and proud to know her. My son has received packages from her for 2 tours now and he LOVES them. Her support to all the service men and women goes above and beyond. Thank you Jessica, you are the bomb!!

jackicates06

Client Served

Rating: 5

JHP is one of the best non profits of today. There are many organizations the donate and send packages to our troops around the world, the exception of JHP is that Miss Jessica is personally involved as a founder and a donor of each and every box that is shipped. Her hands have touched every box that has touched so many of our service members, my husband being one of them. JHP has gone way beyond the call of duty when troops are away and when they come home. Thank you Jessica and the entire JHP volunteer staff for all you do.

Jacki Cates

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

I met Jessica by chance back in January 2011 at a mutual friends wake services. I was so moved by the her commitment to the military and her need to help. I stalked her on Facebook for a little while then got in contact with her and she told me her story and how she got started. I am moved by the packages that she and her crew of several selfless people and groups have sent to our hundreds of troops that she has sent care packages to, including my husband CM1 Carl A. Cates while he was out of the country. When he returned home, Jessica was the first person besides immediate family to call and welcome him home. Jessica also made sure he had an awesome meal of Sushi that he hadn't had in several months, using her also funded project called "Bam Bam's Fiest", named after a spectacular Navy Seabee who is no longer with us. Jessica and the Hope Project is the most outgoing and deserving of 5 star reviews that I can think of. Thank you Jessica and your team, you are all winners in my book:)

Amanda79

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jessica's Hope Project is simply amazing. My family has been in contact with Jessica and the organization since 2010 when they began supporting my husband and his unit through their care packages while he was deployed. They stepped up to the plate again on his following deployment and I can honestly say that we feel like we have a real connection with Jessica even though we've never had the chance to meet her in person. I would love to someday be able to thank the volunteers of Jessica's Hope Project in person. What they're doing is amazing. Not only do they improve troop morale and physical welfare but they improve the morale of the families missing their service members. I can't describe how amazing it was to learn someone in another state who we had never met was regularly mailing care packages and messages to my husband and his guys. Jessica's Hope Project is a shining example of what it's all about, doing good deeds for complete strangers and providing support for those who need it most.

Amanda77

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was great to receive care packages from Jessica's Hope Project. The letters from home and the items received were great. I continue to keep up with the project through Facebook. I tell people often about Jessica's Hope Project!!

Tara21

Client Served

Rating: 5

I tell everyone I know about Jessica's Hope Project! When my son was deployed to Iraq, she sent a package over to him and all the guys loved the stuff. What made me like this organization was that Jessica is so personable and said that my son's sister and brother could send some pictures or notes to her and she would send them with the package. It's truly a great thing that they do. I have a bunch of fellow Army moms that have also sent packages to their deployed sons or daughters also and my DIL even had a package sent to her brother also. Not only do the soldiers love the stuff, but it's good for them also. Keep up the good work!!!

Corey A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent organization that has stuck with the troops through thick and thin. I, and hundreds others, have been supported and encouraged through Jessica's Hope Project for over three years and across two different continents.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jessica's Hope Project made a huge difference in the lives of our Soldiers. We were deployed to a very remote portion of Afghanistan and the care packages that we received from them gave the Soldiers the extra boost that they needed in their attempt to stay healthy and strong. I am now in Korea and their continued support and shown Soldiers that they are not forgotten not matter how far from home they may be.

1 Christopher P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We service members owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women of Jessica's Hope Project. I just wanted to take a few moments to say thank you "ALL" for taking care of my entire TUAS Platoon and sections of my Company while we served in Iraq from September 2010 to September 2011. This nonprofit organization is truly committed to supporting our service members and strengthening our morale helping each of us to stay focused on our tasks. Our nation requires service members to serve without question to the very best of our abilities. I honestly believe that with the Soldiers I lead and the other service members I have spoken with ... that Jessica's Hope Project is making a difference for service members and setting examples for other organizations to follow. Each citizen who thanks a service member on the street, in an airport or where ever our paths meet thank me and my fellow service members for the missions we have done and currently doing, however they do not see the support of organizations like Jessica's Hope Project that are committed to the honest support and dedication to all of us that help in ways the citizens never saw behind the scenes. This is why I feel it is important to recognize this absolutely "on-track" organization ~Jessica's Hope Project. You all ... LEAD THE WAY!

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jessica's Hope Project was excellent in supporting my Soldiers (Fighting Geese) while deployed to Operation New Dawn - Iraq 2010-2011. He Jessica's Hope Project helped improve Soldier morale and was able to give direct feedback on our facebook page (Fighting Geese) on a daily basis. Jessica would ask what more could she do for us to keep us supported. I think that Jessica's Hope Project has touched my entire unit and I am so proud to have Jessica's Hope Project as a friend and link to my facebook pages and would gladly pass-on that Jessica's Hope Project is really dedicated to helping the Armed Forces and Civilian Contractors that support the Soldiers while they serve their Nation. I want to say Thank You from the Bottom of our Hearts! Helping to keep the U.S. Army ~ Army Strong! Keep up the Great work!

Noelle D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am thankful that Jessica's Hope sent my husband Marcel a care package while he was deployed. It boosted his morale to know that others were thinking of him and supported him. It also gave him the energy he needed to complete his missions.

Jennifer117

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a recipient of care packages from Jessica's hope project while I was deployed to Afghanistan, I can personally attest to the impact it has on Marines. People send lots of different things to us in care packages but I always looked forward to Packages from Jessica's hope project. She always sent hard to get items that kept us strong and motivated. Items such as multivitamins, muscle milk and miscellaneous fitness items. It's hard to stay healthy in such an extreme environment, But Jessica's Hope Project made it possible! Her dedication and tireless effort has helped thousands of Marines, Soldiers, Airmen and sailors. Her organization is definitely a great candidate!

Maria38

Client Served

Rating: 5

I believe that this organization has made a big difference to our service members. I requested a few packages sent to the Sailors I left behind overseas. When they received their packages, they were surprised to see such healthy and nutritional products. Its one of the few things that keeps us going when we are deployed; being able to let out or stress and frustration at the gym. With Jessicas Hope Project, they we're able to keep on track and maintain their healthy conditioning. Thank you JHP, you are truly a great organization! Thank you for your support to me and my fellow Sailors serving overseas. R/BM1 Alfaro, USN

Donna38

Client Served

Rating: 5

I remember how excited and what a morale booster it was for my nephew stationed in Afghanistan to get the protein and letters from Jessica's Hope Project. Jessica's Hope was started by one person, Jessica, by herself, who had a heart for our brave men serving our country. She and her eventual association with the fitness company and the volunteers she has amassed, has changed the lives of many of our young service men.

Ilva C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is really making a difference. Not only do the packages include cheerful letters from the volunteers but the contents of the packages are useful for the lifestyle soldiers live. I am currently deployed and have received a few packages from Jessica's Hope Project. I have been able to share the protein bars and muscle milk with my fellow soldiers in my unit and they love it. Jessica's Hope Project is a great organization, thank you for all you do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

While serving in Iraq/Kuwait, I received several care packages from Jessica's Hope Project for not only myself, but for those in my platoon, as well. Several of these packages contained heartwarming letters, cards, and reputable vitamins/supplements to help Soldiers maintain their nutrition in the rigorous environment. I will also note that my Soldier's Army Physical Fitness scores have improved by 40% and part of that may be from the nutritional supplements provided by this organization to help support their workout routines. The overall satisfaction and gratitude my Soldiers and I feel toward this organization cannot be described in words. This organization and those who donated their time, products, and money to thank American Soldiers should be recognized not only as a great non profit organization, but as a standard bearer for other organizations to follow. Thank You Jessica's Hope Project and all those who contribute to this wonderful organization!

Paul45

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jessica"s Hope supported my SEABEES in Africa It was an outstanding experience to to share the packages she sent with my troops it brought morale up when we were deployed over the holidays truly The best. Thanks Jessica.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I contacted Jessica to send my husband a box in Afghanistan, and his box arrived today. He and the other men in his troop were very excited about all the wonderful health-minded gifts they received! He declared it "the greatest charity idea ever" and really appreciated that someone came up with the idea to send them these products that they really need to maintain their health while deployed. Such a wonderful organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jessica's Hope Project is amazing! My son received his package and she even offered to throw in a note from me along with the package. Our troops need the items that she sends over to them to help keep them healthy and fit. My son received his package and was very happy with it! I have told many of my Army mom friends about Jessica's Hope also and they think it's great also!

Jenn5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned of this organization while the owner was promoting at a Military Spouse event. She really makes such a difference in the lives of those serving our country. These care packages mean more than most of us will ever know the value of. She has sent packages out to my husbands unit and the contents exceeded anyone's expectations and really touched the hearts of the men in 3/7 USMC.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a Marine on his second deployment I can tell you for a fact there are only a handful of things to do that are actually entertaining over here. One of those things for myself is working out. When I first heard of this charity I honestly thought it was to good to be true. When I got my first set of packages my buddies and I were about as happy as could be! This project is a big morale booster and a huge help to deployed Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, and Airmen around the world who don't always have access to the quality supplements and other gifts given by Jessica. I owe her a lot and even when I am no longer deployed will definitely continue to give to Jessica and her Hope, she is a great person and this is an amazing project.

Nicole2345

Client Served

Rating: 5

I remember when I got an email telling me about Jessica's Hope Project and thought it sounded too good to be true. My husband, Spc Jeremiah Bostic, was one of the first people who received one of her boxes. She allowed me to send her a letter to put in the box. My husband said he was surprised to find a letter from me in the box, which it made it that much more personal. Him and the men in his group greatly appreciated the boxes. Organizations like Jessica's Hope Project make me proud to be an Army Wife and to be an American. Jessica is very personable and stays in contact with you even after the contact comes home. She supported my husband throughout the entire year he was deployed and even said congrats when we got married just 13 days after he got back. She takes a burden off of loved ones, because we know our men/women are being taken care of and receiving high quality packages. I can't wait to see this program continue to grow.