Why Hope?

The Hope Project of WNY, Inc. was created as a resource for struggling families.  Often identified as 'the working poor', many families find it difficult to make ends meet regardless of employment. In addition we assist individuals who have lost their job to no fault of their own, disabled friends, households with special needs members, victims of domestic violence in transition and of course, without reservation, our military families and veterans.  Individuals and families may request assistance due to a sudden or unexpected tragedy, such as a house fire or serious medical diagnosis.

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Who We Are

Meet the Board Members of The Hope Project of WNY, Inc.

Deirdre (Dee) Miler

President & Founder​ 

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Raymond Matuszak Jr.

Vice President

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Sean Miller

Treasurer/Fundraising

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Tabitha Maloney

Secretary

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Marlene Stoerr

Donor Specialist

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Michael Culmo II

Advisory Board

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Noelle Forzani

Advisory Board

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Jennifer Zolnowski

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HOPE IN THE NEWS

The Hope Project wants to help families struggling to make ends meet


By Marissa Perlman, News 4 Reporter

Published: August 15, 2016, 5:59 pm


DEPEW, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Hope Project just opened their brand new “shopping center” in Depew. The programs goal is to fill in the blanks for those struggling to provide for themselves or their families.


Dee Miller says she never thought she’d see the hope project become a reality. She started the organization our of her basement. People would come to her home asking her for food and clothes. She said she’d do everything she could to help them, sometimes taking clothes out of her own kids drawers.


Julianna Wagner and her sister Erica spent the day shopping for back to school clothes, Monday, thanks to The Hope Project. Founder Dee Miller said, that’s the point. “If you don’t want to wear it or put it on your children, please don’t give it to us. Because everyone that walks in this door, they’re treated with dignity they are not judged. We want them to walk through the door and keep that dignity and if they didn’t have it coming through the door, to leave with it.”


The organization caters to Western New Yorkers who fall through the cracks. For those who don’t get help from the state and can’t provide basic necessities for themselves or their families,there are few resources available.


Two summers ago, a relative going through a tough time dropped her three kids off on Amy Arroyo’s front door. At the time she was barely making ends meet with her own kids:


Arroyo said, “Even having them for the summer was a struggle. Feeding them and taking them out and taking care of them and stuff.”


So she turned to The Hope Project. She said, “It’s just really expensive and when you get that help its really a relief because if not, I don’t know what we would do.”


Dee Miller started the organization at her home in Lancaster a year ago, and as the donations poured in she realized the hope project needed its own space. She said, “You couldn’t open my front door. There would be boxes of donations, bags of donations, and we would make sure it got out. It just escalated into this massive that were all in this together. We’re going to try to make each other feel better and respect each other for what were trying to accomplish in our lives.”


The Hope Project is now looking for volunteers. If you’d like to learn more about upcoming events that help support the organization, head to The Hope Project’s Facebook Page.


Source: http://wivb.com/2016/08/15/the-hope-project-wants-to-help-families-struggling-to-make-ends-meet/

 

IMMEDIATE NEED

MAY CHANGE WEEKLY, PLEASE CHECK BACK

  • HYGIENE ITEMS SUCH AS TOOTHPASTE, SOAP, DEODORANT,  FEMALE PRODUCTS, RAZORS AND BODY WASH ETC.
  • CLEANING SUPPLIES
  • PAPER PRODUCTS, TOILET PAPER AND PAPER TOWELS
  • NEW SOCKS AND NEW UNDERWEAR
  • SCHOOL AGED CHILDRENS CLOTHING - ESPECIALLY TEEN AND BOYS, ALL SIZES
  • GROCERY STORE GIFT CARDS




THE BEE

First Blue Mitten Project showcases collaboration during holidays

Lancaster Depew Bee


Depew's very own Hope Project of WNY teamed up with Cheektowaga police, Target and Marketing Mayor for the Blue Mitten Project, a charity event to help less-fortunate children have a wonderful holiday season. Jacob Becker, Marketing Mayor president and the driving force behind the first Blue Mitten Project, looks to foster a relationship between police and the communities they serve.


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The Hope Project continues its good work

by AMY ROBB Editor

Dee Miller and her daughter, Ava, help arrange clothing for families to choose from when they visit The Hope Project’s new location at 42 S. Warsaw St. in Depew.

Dee Miller never thought that a quick Facebook post would lead to her life’s calling. Like a lot of big life changes, this one was unexpected but not unwelcome. In fact, it was a sigh of relief for the Lancaster mother of two.

A simple post offering open food items led to dozens of families messaging her, and as the numbers grew, Miller found herself taking donations from countless community members and storing them at her home for those in need to pick up.

“I’ll never forget, I can remember them coming to my home, and it got to the point where I started collecting food from other people, and I think it was seven or eight families that ended up getting [what they needed] from this post,” said Miller.

This was as of May 2015, and a lot has changed since then.

Formerly known as the Community Closet, The Hope Project of Western New York now has a brick and mortar location at 42 S. Warsaw St. in Depew.

The organization has the same focus it did at its creation: to be there for people who work but through many hardships cannot provide daily necessities for their families.

”They pay for the roof over their kids’ heads. They pay for the food on their table, but they may not be able to get them school supplies or clothing that fits properly or is in decent shape … and that’s where we come in. We want all these kids to go to school and feel proud of themselves — a sense of dignity. We need to make sure that it happens for everyone,” said Miller.

Ultimately, it comes down to seeing a need and doing something about it, whether it’s fresh socks for a teenage girl or a warm blanket for a single mother, given that colder months are right around the corner.

“I can’t accept it, and I don’t think we should accept it as a community,” added Miller, referring to people in the community who are going without necessities.

The Hope Project is close to becoming a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and Miller expects the last stages to be completed by the end of this year.

“Everything has been submitted. We’re just waiting for the approval from the federal government, and then once that happens, I’m hoping that opens up our donation base a little bit,” said Miller.

Right now, the organization relies solely on donations and fundraisers such as its basket raffles and its most recent drive for school clothes and supplies. It’s estimated that supplies and clothing donated helped 40 to 50 local families.

The next push is for winter coats, boots and blankets. Miller urges people donating to think about the people who will be wearing what they give; material must be in good condition with no broken zippers, tears in fabric or stains.

”Anything that you would put on your own family member,” added Miller.

Upcoming fundraisers for the organization include a Family Fitness Marathon from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Shannon Connors Fitness, 5801 Transit Road in Depew, and the Holiday Fundraising Event from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Lancaster Moose Lodge, 5437 Broadway in Lancaster.

Donors and those looking for assistance are encouraged to call 328-7022, stop by in person or visit the group’s Facebook page, “The Hope Project of WNY.” The organization is always looking for volunteers to help sort through the countless items donated or help with fundraising events.


Source: http://www.lancasterbee.com/news/2016-12-29/Front_Page/First_Blue_Mitten_Project_showcases_collaboration_.html

PROJECTS

Are you a Girl Scout or Boy Scout leader?  THP is always looking for troops to collect hygiene and cleaning products as part of their badge earning projects.  If this interests you please email us today.

AFFILIATIONS

The Hope Project of WNY, Inc. works with other local organizations who serve western New York.


Buffalo Good Neighbors (BGN)

https://www.facebook.com/buffalosgoodneighbors

supports local homeless through hands on assistance.  Volunteers distribute weather appropriate clothing as well as hot meals for those desperately in need.  BGN is currently looking for gloves, hats and new socks for distribution.  Please contact them directly via facebook to see how you can help today.