In September 2007, a group of individuals working in low income areas of New York City came together to address the issues of Hunger, Poverty, Injustice, Natural Disasters and Education. They formed a PROJECT called “HOPE,” to provide resources to their neighbors in need.
Almost 10 years later, Project Hope is still dedicated to working with children, youth and families by empowering them to reach their full potential. Each year, Project Hope sponsors various events including Health Fairs, Back to School events, Homeless Shelter Outreach events and Kids Christmas Parties.
In 2016, Church World Service provided Project Hope with 1,980 CWS School Kits, 1,900 CWS Hygiene Kits, 990 CWS Baby Kits and 50 CWS Blankets. These kits were used at various Back to School events, Health Fairs and the Kids Christmas Party.
In 2017, CWS Kits and Blankets are also being distributed at various Homeless Shelter during outreach events in February.
“We are so thankful for the donations from Church World Service. These kits are so important to our ministry of providing resources to those in need. During our back to school event, a young girl gave me a hug after I handed her a CWS School Kit. She said it was exactly what she needed to start the school year. That gives us hope to continue these projects each year,” said Joel Edward, General Coordinator at Project Hope.
Church World Service is only able to provide CWS Kits to programs like Project Hope because of the generosity of our dedicated volunteers. Each year volunteers make thousands of CWS Kits so they can be shared here at home and around the world. Will you consider leading a “hands on” volunteer opportunity with your congregation or group? To find out more information about CWS Kits program, including kit depots locations, visit cwskits.org.