During our darkest hours, we all need that glimmer of HOPE to get us through. Hope for all Seasons exists to provide support and relief to local children and families when they need it the most. Bringing light to a dark situation, with the help of donations and sponsorships, our program can provide children and families with gifts during the holidays, school supplies in the Fall, and basic necessities, such as hygiene products and clothes, throughout the year.
Hope for all Seasons is a volunteer program coordinated by JRI staff. Our team is comprised of JRI employees, JRI volunteers and individuals from the greater community. Working together, we plan events, raise money, and create awareness in the community. All money raised for Hope for all Seasons goes directly to the children and families we serve. No money is used for administrative costs.
Hope for all Seasons (previously named Hope for the Holidays) began by serving children and families locally in our Southeast Massachusetts programs. Our goal was to offer our clients and their families much needed relief and HOPE during the holiday season by providing some of the basic ingredients for a happy, healthy and safe winter. This might include a well-balanced holiday meal, winter coat, snow boots, hygiene products, or even a toy or two.
Founded by JRI’s Mia DeMarco, the program began finding ways to ensure that each child in a JRI program received something special for the holidays. The idea that any child would wake up on a holiday morning without a gift was disheartening. Ever since, we have held an annual Hope for the Holidays winter event to raise money to buy toys for children in the community. Additionally, we would hold toy drives with local companies to help offset the costs of buying toys.
Over the years, we noticed that more children and families needed assistance beyond the holiday season. We soon changed our name and expanded our scope to offer year round relief. So, whether it be basic necessities, backpacks and school supplies, groceries for a holiday meal, or money to support recreational activities, children and families are given the opportunity to find HOPE and in doing so have a better chance of overcoming obstacles such as poverty, mental illness, substance use, educational and social problems.