We are proud to present The Hope Raisers as the Volunteer Spotlight for the month of May.
The Hope Raisers is an amazing group of women who more than live up to their name; they are providing hope to not only the families in our We’ve Got Your Back program, but also to the staff members and other individual volunteers who work with them. This group of 10 (mostly retired) women started as two neighbors wanting to volunteer regularly and quickly expanded as other neighbors and walking buddies were added. The Hope Raisers have been volunteering in Giving Children Hope’s We’ve Got Your Back program for almost a year. They have helped with every task including taking the backpacks to the laundromat last summer to get them all washed, packaging rice, beans, and oatmeal, and packing backpacks with food and fresh produce. No matter the task at hand, they are always smiling and laughing, not only with each other, but the other volunteers working with them. Their impact has extended beyond just the work in our warehouse; at Christmas they were a part of our Christmas Wish List program, sponsoring and providing gifts for over 100 of the children on our We’ve Got Your Back program. Their generosity ensured that these kids received what they wanted for Christmas. The Hope Raisers enjoy volunteering at GCHope and knowing that all of their efforts and hard work are having an impact on real people in the local communities, that they are volunteering for an organization whose heart, mind, and soul puts the underprivileged first. One of their most memorable volunteer shifts was when they were packing backpacks and GCHope had a container of medical supplies shipping out. All of the volunteers and staff who wanted to participate were invited to stand around the container and pray over it for safe travels and that the supplies would help those who needed them most. We are very grateful to these ladies for continually coming to help us better serve the children and families we work with. Without our volunteers and the community at large, we would not be able to serve the community as we do.