Project Hope 2019
August 24 & 25
Project Hope is an annual outreach designed to serve schools and families before each new school year. During the last weekend in August, churches partner with neighborhood schools to prepare buildings and grounds for students to return. The next day, five Back-to-School Giveaways & Kids' Fairs provide a fun environment where pre-selected students receive new shoes, backpacks, school supplies, and more!
In 2017, a total of 60 churches/ministries and 30+ businesses joined together in Project Hope's 7th year. Thirty-six schools were served by volunteers during the School Work Day. At the Kids' Fair & Giveaway, 3,200 children and their families had the opportunity to attend the community event and receive supplies and shoes.
SATURDAY | SCHOOL WORK DAY
On Saturday, churches partner with a neighborhood public school to prepare the facilities for the upcoming school year. Volunteers provide hundreds of hours of manpower by power washing, weeding, trimming, painting, cleaning, window washing and more!
Churches receive a "wish list" from administrators and custodians, and they organize their volunteers to meet the need. The School Work Day creates wonderful relationships between schools, staff, community members and churches!
SUNDAY | BACK-TO-SCHOOL KIDS' FAIR + GIVEAWAY
The next day, 90 plus churches, organizations, and businesses partner together to serve children and families. Through our combined efforts in 2017, we made available 3,200 backpacks full of school supplies, 3,800 pairs of shoes, 3,200 pairs of socks, haircuts, face painting, inflatable games, and meals at five Kids’ Fairs in the Eugene, Springfield, and Junction City area.
The Kids' Fair provides lots of entertainment for parents and kids while they wait for the giveaway to begin. Cheerful volunteers host line games, face painting, inflatables, and other activities. Over the years, Project Hope has truly become a community event!
When the doors open, students choose their backpack, supplies and pair of shoes and socks. At the end of the line, they have the option of a free back-to-school haircut, provided by local hairdressers. Lastly, many local restaurants serve small meals to bring the Kids’ Fair to a close. It's a joyful day to serve with so many to show Jesus’ love by meeting practical needs of students headed back to school!
MEETING THE NEED TOGETHER
When we work together, we can meet the needs of under-resourced children, families, and schools more effectively. Pooling our time, specialties, resources and energy creates potential for exponential impact.