Meet Our Board
"For me, this goes beyond charity work. This is personal. I understand and can relate to situations these children come from and I know the impact a little hope can have on their lives. My hope is that our work and the relationships we build reminds children that it doesn't matter where they come from, only where they are going."
"I joined Students' Fund of Hope to assist others. In serving on this board and writing grants, I feel as though I can give back some of the blessings I have received in life."
“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”
Born from a simple idea of a freewill donation root beer float stand to help support student lunch accounts from FRHC schools, Whitney Budd realized the needs of children in their community was much larger than they ever expected. Since rescuing over $6,000 worth of small claim lunch accounts, our small nonprofit grew to identify and meet needs small and large.
Since our start in 2018, we have helped hundreds of students and their families with needs varying from tragic event relief, homelessness, and even providing school staff with classroom essentials that are needed for their students. There has yet to be an essential need unmet.
Today, Students' Fund of Hope, or SFOH, has formally organized with a board of nine community members, and are consistently looking for ways to help the students in Hope.
We appreciate your help and support as we reach every worthy and deserving child who just needs a little hope!
"Hope is not a wealthy community, but I am always amazed at its’ generous and supportive spirit."
"I am honored to be on this board because growing up in Hope, there has always been a need for assistance but never a source."
"It’s amazing to live in such a good community!"
"Hope, Indiana is my forever hometown. There isn't anything I wouldn't do for this community. I hope to bring faith and love into the homes of many families."
"There are people who need love, compassion, empathy, validation in my own hometown, and I am excited to assist, support, and listen to whoever we can reach."
"I am a husband of 21 years to my wife Anneliese. We have three kids and we love serving our community in the ministry we do at Hope First Wesleyan. I am excited to be a part pf SFOH and to make an impact of people in the community with an organization that is known for loving people. I am honored to serve Hope providing a skill set in recovery and counseling so that everyone can be the best version of themselves.
Growing up and being raised in the town of Hope has led me to love the town and continually wanting to make my home a better place for all those who are in need. I love watching my kids grow up in a community with so much support for one another. I couldn't dream of my wife and I living anywhere else!