HOPE worldwide Chapters carry out three primary functions: serving the materially poor and our neighbors in need, inspiring others and fundraising. Chapters are led and driven by dedicated volunteers from the local International Churches of Christ and affiliated congregations. They strive to develop programs and partnerships which tap into the strengths of the local community and are based on mutuality and respect. Recent initiatives include summer camp and Saturday Academy programs for children in under-served areas, serving victims of natural disasters, hosting blood drives, and providing food and other services to neighbors experiencing homelessness.
The United States now has 109 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.