Anyone who has ever been involved with Project HOPE understands the adage, “Once a HOPIE always a HOPIE.” Learn more about our Alumni.
Project HOPE alumni, HOPIEs, are an extraordinary group of individuals because their bond is one of giving…of themselves, their time and their treasure…to improve the health of people around the world.
The mission of the Alumni Association is to keep its members informed about HOPE’s initiatives and progress, and to offer opportunities for our cherished alumni to support HOPE through their knowledge, skills, and financial resources.
The Association is composed of approximately 5,100 members, representing volunteers from the original SS HOPE missions, longer-term land-based programs, and other humanitarian assistance efforts including disaster relief from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami to the 2016 Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.
2019 Alumni Association Reunion
On November 1-2, 2019, the Project HOPE Alumni Association gathered in San Francisco for a reunion.
Use of Association Funds — Rekindling Relationships
The William B. Walsh, M.D. Endowment is reserved for the funding of Walsh Fellows and the Bill Kooiman Volunteer Travel Fund has provided exceptional alumni who return to work with HOPE small stipends to help with their travel expenses. The remaining funds — Lee-Olive Harrison Fund for Basic Skills Education, the Alumni Fund and the newly established Dorothy Aeschliman Nursing Education Fund — are discretionary, governed by committees and guidelines.
The Association plans to pilot a new activity to use portions of the funds to support counterpart-identified activities in former international program sites. The small awards will rekindle relationships among country-specific alumni, their counterparts and the programs on which they collaborated during their years with Project HOPE. A committee including a HOPE Center representative will review proposals according to already drafted guidelines.
Your support of the Alumni Association funds will assure the success of this endeavor.
Make a Donation to One of the Project HOPE Alumni Funds Now!
- Alumni Fund
- William B. Walsh Endowment Fund
- Lee-Olive Harrison Fund
- Bill Kooiman Fund
- Dorothy Aeschliman Nursing Education Fund
Contact Information for the Alumni Association Officers
- Sharon Redding, President: [email protected]
Got Facebook? Get Social
Join the Project HOPE Alumni Group on Facebook. “LIKE” the Hopies page on Facebook then send us a message to join our closed Alumni Group. It’s a great place to share photos, memories and reconnect!