HOPE worldwide Chapters carry out three primary functions: serving the poor, inspiring others and fundraising. Led and driven by dedicated volunteers from the local International Churches of Christ and affiliated congregations, Chapters strive to develop programs and partnerships to meet the unique needs of their local communities. Recent initiatives include home fire prevention campaigns, disaster preparedness, response and recovery efforts, meeting the needs of the victims of natural disasters, hosting blood drives, mentoring youth, through the Saturday STEM Academies, and providing food and other services to the homeless.
The United States now has 102 certified Chapters serving 240 communities in 40 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with a pool of over 33,000 volunteers. Every Chapter has an active local advisory committee and Chapter Director who reports to our Headquarters office. Chapters operate their programs locally but receive guidance, resources, administrative and technical support from HOPE worldwide staff.
HOPE worldwide has proven to be very effective in the mobilization of volunteers, particularly during national days of service. Over the past several years, more than 14,000 volunteers across the U.S. have participated in the MLK Day of Service and the September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance, serving in projects coordinated and implemented locally by HOPE worldwide Chapters. Many of these events have focused on “Protecting Our Neighbors”, a fire safety education initiative conducted in partnership with the American Red Cross. Since its inception, volunteers have logged over 200,000 hours and have impacted almost 900,000 community members. Volunteers reached out to their neighbors with lifesaving fire prevention information, conducted food and clothing drives, renovated community centers and served their communities in many other ways.