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Charity Spotlight: Hopefully Sow

hopefully sowNonprofit Name: Hopefully Sow

Website: www.hopefullysow.org

Twitter Handle: @HopefullySow

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/HopefullySow/

Vision -Empower children in foster care to thrive and follow their dreams.
Mission – To sow seeds of love, joy, and aspiration for children in foster care.
Action – Encouraging creativity, providing community experiences, art activities and joyful outings are a few ways Hopefully
Sow plants its seeds.

New Clothing donation to the Austin Childrens Shelter

New Clothing donation to the Austin Childrens Shelter (Photo Credit: Hopefully Sow)

When and who founded the nonprofit?
In 2014 Hopefully Sow was founded by Erwin & Ash Almonte, Melissa Cadwallader, & Jeremy Sylestine.

Is the organization a 501c3?

What is your EIN?

How efficient is your nonprofit? What percentage of donations of all product and financial donations
received go toward helping others vs. administrative expenses?
We are an one hundred percent volunteer based organization. One hundred percent of our donations go directly to
the children we serve.

Could you describe the nonprofit?
At this time, Hopefully Sow serves teens in foster care residing in residential treatment centers, emergency shelters
and therapeutic group homes. We have three areas we focus on, attempting to meet the children’s tangible needs,
providing activities that are creative and engaging, and exposing them to opportunities to broaden their futures
through college, business, and a career.

Board members and Settlement Home staff with our big bedding donation of 50 comforter sets

Board members and Settlement Home staff with our big bedding donation of 50 comforter sets (Photo Credit: Hopefully Sow)

Where are you based and what sets the organization apart?
We are based in Austin Texas. We are set apart because we not only meet the tangible needs of teens in foster
care. But we also touch on the creativity & the emotional needs that the foster care system so desperately lacks. We
love the kids serve, we try to inspire the kids we serve, we respect, listen, encourage and build connections with the
kids we serve.

What initiatives is the organization currently working on?
We are working towards expanding our programs to serve more teens in foster care. We are also working towards
building our clothing program in hopes of providing gift cards for the kids to do their own shopping for new clothing.
The majority of the teens we serve at this time get their clothing from a gently used clothing closet.

The kids made wall decor for their rooms

The kids
made wall decor for their rooms. (Photo Credit: Hopefully Sow)

What annual fundraising events does the organization hold?
We are not yet 1 year old and are currently working towards establishing an annual fundraiser.

What achievements is the organization most proud of?
We supplied the Settlement Home for Children with 50 brand new comforter bed sets. Each bed set was a gift to
each child, their very own they can take with them on their journey through foster care. We also continue to keep the
Settlement Home supplied with new comforter sets for future residence as a welcome gift.

Do you work with any brands on cause marketing products or services?
Not at this time but would love the opportunity!

How can people get involved?
Get involved by sowing a financial seed at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/hopso
Get involved by volunteering at http://hopefullysow.org/volunteer/
Get involved by hosting a fundraiser at your place of business or home or reach out to us with your great ideas at
Together we can make a difference in the lives of children in foster care

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