DISCOVERING REAL NEEDS and FULFILLING THEM WITH HOPE

Mission: A purpose driven organization that seeks to joyfully meet the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of the local community in the D.C. Metro area.

Vision: Our vision is that passionate people would be inspired and equipped to use their unique gifts, talents, and abilities to serve more people than they ever could on their own and meet the greatest needs of our local community.

Real Needs? Every season, community, family and individual is different ‐ as are their needs. We take the time to assess the real need behind each sorrow or life hurdle and how HOPE can best love on that child, teen or adult to give them eternal HOPE and to transform communities one individual at a time.

Inspiring & Equipping. HOPE inspires and equips passionate people to serve more people than they ever could on their own. We believe in serving from a place of inspiration rather than a place of burden.

How? Love.

Joyfully meeting the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of the community is our mission. The foundation of which is identifying the unique passions and God‐given talents of the amazing volunteers that are inspired to serve with us.

We take the time to find out their dreams, ambitions, life stories and together we develop fresh, creative ways to love on our community. We also provide our volunteers training, resources and inspirational live conferences to help our volunteers reach their full potential.

We serve at‐risk children, their families and the homeless in our communities. We also serve by teaching young adults to be leaders. However, as we identify new needs of the community, new programs and outreach are added on an ongoing basis.

View our current programs available to ignite your passion and skills. We look forward to meeting you and forging new programs as well!

  • For the past several years, I have run in long distance ultra marathons. I never thought I could use that gift and passion of mine to help others until I found HOPE. HOPE’s leadership team tapped into my passions and inspired me to use my gift to serve others. They provided me the opportunity to ful ll a lifelong dream of mine, and touch thousands of lives at the same time, by running 3,000 miles across America to raise funds and awareness for their new pediatric mobile health clinic to serve some of the most underprivileged children in our nation’s capital. HOPE to me epitomizes the famous Mahatma Gandi saying which says, “The best way to nd yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” HOPE tapped into my greatest and deepest passions and allowed me to use my talents for a higher calling, whereby I not only was able to serve others but found myself in the process.
    — Levi
  • My passion for working with children led to a career in elementary school teaching. However, I always felt I could do more. HOPE encouraged and helped me create a mentoring program for at- risk children in the DC area, enabling me to make a real difference in their lives. We’ve seen real progress, both in and out of the classroom!
    — Toni
  • For 2.5 years now, me and my family have traveled from shelter to shelter around the DC area, staying no more than 6 months at any one shelter. My children, ages 6 and 9 have never felt comfortable in any place, let alone find joy and happiness in a “home” environment. But all of that changed this past year when we were introduced to HOPE and their Playtime program. Wednesdays have become the most exciting day of our week and my kids can’t wait to see their “buddies” at Playtime and have a unique experience with them. From fossil excavation journeys to yoga and zoo trips, my kids finally have a safe place where they feel loved and cared for. HOPE’s volunteers go above and beyond to make sure my kids have an experience that they would otherwise never have on their own. I am so grateful for the amazing men and women that make up HOPE and their Playtime program and they are truly having a last impact on my children, no matter where we end up next.
    — Tamika
  • In 2012, our center decided we did not have adequate funding to host our annual holiday party for our children stricken with cancer and blood disorders. Patients, families, and staff alike were all so disappointed at the thought of a holiday season gone by with no celebration. And that is when HOPE stepped in and literally turned our sadness into inexpressible joy. “Over 175 patients, their families, and our staff were transported to a magical winter wonderland on that special night, now 5 years ago. From the friendly, dancing volunteer greeting line to the amazing and fun games, crafts, and photobooth stations, to a fully catered meal with all the trimmings, our entire group were treated to a party they would never forget. HOPE’s generosity in not only covering all the expenses for the party, but having “Santa” and his crazy elves deliver a special present to each child in attendance blew us away. We truly felt the sincere and heartfelt love and generosity in every aspect of the event from every volunteer present and we are so grateful to HOPE to be able to continue our partnership, to reap the amazing kindness and love that they have shown our entire department over the last 5 years.
    — Anne Schirmer
The HOPE Association is a not-for-profit faith-based organization that was founded in 2012 out of the great calling to be the place where people’s greatest needs are met using people’s greatest passions. Our organization began and exists as a ministry and means to fulfill the vision of St. Timothy and St. Athanasius Orthodox Church (STSA) in Arlington, VA and achieve its core value which states, “We bleed with love for the community around us – especially those who are without Christ. We don’t just care about spiritual needs, but physical, emotional, and social needs as well.