On November 27, 2018, the Hopewell Harvest Fair Board of Trustees distributed grants to nineteen local nonprofits organizations at its annual grant ceremony. Thanks to the hard work of the all-volunteer 2018 Planning Committee and the generosity of local business sponsors, the 2018 Harvest Fair was able to distribute four times the amount of grant funding as in 2017, with every organization who requested a grant receiving an award.
Since its inception in 1987, the Hopewell Harvest Fair has dispersed more than $200,000 in grant funding to nonprofit groups working in the Hopewell Valley.
“The Hopewell Harvest Fair is all about community,” said Hopewell Harvest Fair Board of Trustees president, Julie Sansone, “On the day of the Fair, we bring thousands of residents together for a day of family fun, and the proceeds from the event are invested back into the community through our grants. We are grateful to all Fair patrons and our generous sponsors for helping us fulfill our mission of community-building. And a heartfelt thank-you to our volunteers, led by the amazing Heidi Wilenius, who were able to engage more residents and businesses than ever for a super-successful Fair in every aspect!”
This year’s grant recipients include 19 organizations that work on a variety of issues, including youth, the arts, children with special needs, and more. Grants were distributed to: Hopewell Boy Scout Troop 71, Costume Hangers, Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space, Hopewell Elementary School PTO Science Fair Committee, HomeFront, Hopewell Museum, Hopewell Public Library, Hopewell Valley Chorus, Hopewell Valley Lions, Hopewell Valley Central High School (HVCHS) PTO, HVCHS Robotics, HVCHS Scholarship Fund, Sourland Conservancy, The OSIP Foundation, Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (SSAAM), Stony Brook Elementary PTO, HVRSD STRIVE PTO, Womanspace, and the YingHua International School.
The 33rd Annual Hopewell Harvest Fair will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019, and the Planning Committee is beginning to take shape. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Heidi Wilenius, incoming Board of Trustees President, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (609) 439-3574. Many opportunities are available!