Four years later, Hope continues its work
Spirit of Hope is a non-profit, grassroots organization of volunteers supporting volunteers who travel to Haiti. Local volunteers raise money and distribute it to individuals and groups who give direct service in Haiti. Financial assistance has been given to nurses, doctors, chemists, information technologists, construction workers, teachers, students, engineers, therapists, all ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Spirit of Hope volunteers have raised more than $100,000 through personal donations, school programs, pancake breakfasts, concerts and marathons, all to benefit individuals who would ordinarily pay their Haiti trip with personal income. Indeed without Spirit of Hope’s help many would not have been able to go to Haiti.
In the four years since the earthquake, more than sixty Spirit of Hope volunteers stateside have worked tirelessly to fund 64 individuals. The average award is $1,000, the average age of our volunteers is 46 years old; half of those funded had been to Haiti before, half had not. Fifty-six percent of those funded came from central Massachusetts, 76% from New England, 24% from outside New England. Thirty-five percent of our funding has been allocated to volunteers working with Forward in Health. The Amy Coe Spirit of Hope Award of $4,000-$10,000 is given annually to an individual committed to Haiti.
The spirit of hope is alive in the transforming actions of our donors and volunteers. For this compassion and commitment, we are grateful. Lives of service depend on lives of support, and so whether you came to this site to find out more about giving service in Haiti or to offer support to those who will, please know that Spirit of Hope is glad you found us and happy to help you in any way we can.
Pamela Reidy, President