In December 2019, Esperanza launched its Hopes and Dreams campaign with a goal of raising $25,000. To kick off the campaign, we asked a few recent graduates to share with us their hopes and dreams for the future and what they wrote was moving.
Remaining positive when there is so much work to be done can be hard but this campaign reminded us that hope is key. We are so happy to share that we not only reached our fundraising goal but far exceeded it – raising a total of $37,146. And, thanks to a generous board member who matched each donation dollar for dollar and triple matched all donations that were repeat and increases from 2018, we are happy to report that the Hopes and Dreams campaign was the most successful individual fundraiser in Esperanza’s history.
In 2020, the Hopes and Dreams fund has already helped us get several teenagers off the couch or the floor and into their own beds, ensured that all Esperanza families have food on the table, and for one family we were able to restore electricity where there had been none. The additional funds will help greatly towards the $80,000 we spend yearly making sure our families have the basics that we all need to get through the day-to-day. Thank you to all our supporters, we truly appreciate you.