HOPE recognizes our volunteers all year, but in April we pay extra special attention to them during National Volunteer Appreciation Week. This year, HOPE’s “HOPE-down”, complete with country theme, and square dancing lessons for all, took place at Oviedo on the Park surrounded by hundreds of volunteers, including those who volunteer in HOPE’s Food Pantry, Resource Center, Thrift Store, Administrative offices, Events and Board of Directors. HOPE recognized 14 volunteers who went above and beyond the prior year, with 1 volunteer, Peggy Harwood, being recognized for the Founders Award – for devoting her time selflessly over the past 15 years. Over 28,000 hours were donated in 2021 and HOPE’s staff presented not only the award, but a personalized speech depicting each volunteer’s highlights and accomplishments within their volunteerism at HOPE. Thank you to the following volunteers who helped us continue our mission in 2021 and being a part of the HOPE family!
Presented by Orlando Health, this annual event was held on Saturday, August 7th where hundreds of local registered children in need received everything they need to get prepared for the new school year. The event was kicked off by two local students; one playing a rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner by Saxophone, and the other […]
What are you giving up for Lent this year? Why not try the HOPE Chest’s 40 Days 40 Items Challenge? Each day of Lent remove one item from your house that you no longer use or wear and place it in a bag. At the end of Lent, donate these clean and resellable items to […]
Submit your shirt design for HOPE’s Irish Themed 9th Annual Sham Rock N Run 5K! How does it work? Submit your Irish themed design by October 31 to firstname.lastname@example.org. All levels of artistic abilities are welcome! The top 3 designs will be chosen by the Sham Rock N Run Planning Committee. Those top 3 will then […]
Bright Futures Student Celebration! Over the years, over 760 students have earned their volunteer hours at HOPE for their Bright Futures Scholarships. Currently, there are almost 100 students actively earning volunteer hours for their Bright Futures Scholarships with us! This past week, some of those students joined us from Winter Springs, Oviedo, and Hagerty high […]
Presented by On Saturday, August 3rd, over 400 children received new backpacks, school supplies, jeans, socks and underwear, hygiene products, a free vision screening (and free glasses if needed at a follow up appointment with Vision Quest). The families also enjoyed a hot meal, access to a variety of local resource agencies, face painting, balloon […]
For a week in May, Charles Schwab employees spent their week volunteering at HOPE Helps during their 16th annual Volunteer Week. Employees spent time volunteering at the HOPE chest greeting guest, sorting donations, organizing items on the sales floor and even gardening. At our food pantry, the volunteers checked in clients, shepherded/guided clients through the […]