HOPE Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of HOPE creates policies and procedures and gives general direction under which HOPE operates.
HOPE is administered by an Executive Director, a Client Service Manager, a Finance & Office Manager, a Volunteer Coordinator, and a Food Pantry Manager. The staff is assisted by more than 100 volunteers.
In early 1982, Susan Preslar of the Department of Social Services recognized a need in Lancaster County for an organization that would help those in crisis situations.
In May 1982, she organized a meeting to be attended by interested citizens and representatives of the churches of the county. About 50 people attended and 11 volunteers agreed to serve on a steering committee led by Rev. James White to establish such an organization.
HOPE in Lancaster, Inc. opened its doors on February 28, 1983. In the nine months after the very first meeting until until the doors were opened, building space, office equipment, supplies, a freezer and refridgerators were secured and the food pantry was fully stocked due to generous donations from the Residents, Churches, and Businesses of Lancaster County. All at no cost to HOPE in Lancaster, Inc.
The first Executive Committee had 14 members and was led by James Bradley, the first Executive Committee President.
The goal and mission is the same today as it was 32 years ago at that very first meeting:
HELPING OTHER PEOPLE EFFECTIVELY
To provide cooperative, short-term, emergency assistance to local residents, at a central location, through a voluntary association.
The Seal of HOPE in Lancaster, Inc. is two circles surrounding a flaming urn which is supported by two hands. The flames coming from the urn are the flames of a new beginning, the help that HOPE offers those in urgent need. The hands supporting the urn represent those who have given to HOPE--given time, money, food, prayers, and concern. Those hands represent each person who supports HOPE and makes its work possible. By placing these helping, uplifting hands within two circles, the seal shows the continuity of HOPE's task. Just as a circle does not end, so HOPE's commitment to the needs of Lancaster County will continue for as long as the community's hands lift up these life-giving flames that offer help to those in need.
Hope is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All donations are tax deductible.