Hope Station executive director Safronia Perry likes the idea of being part of the memories of the children who participate in the nonprofit’s program.
Now, she’s working to make sure those memories don’t fade away due to lack of funding.
She recently asked Dickinson College for assistance with fundraising. College president Margee Ensign not only agreed to do the fundraiser, but also brought Penn State Dickinson Law and Giant Food Stores to the table.
The result is “Hands Together for Hope Station,” a fundraising brunch from 10 a.m. to noon, April 27.
The event will begin at Dickinson College where attendees will see a video about Hope Station and learn about its mission to bolster community pride and create opportunities for advancement.
Perry said the event will also include a walk from Dickinson to Hope Station, where participants will see the facility, before heading to the site of the former Lincoln Cemetery, where Cara Curtis of the Cumberland County Historical Society will talk about what happened there.
There is no charge for the event, but "we’re expecting people to bring their checkbooks," Perry said.
A pre-event mixer is scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Dickinson Law School Commons that will feature Hope Station board and staff members who will talk about why Hope Station is different from other nonprofits, what it is and where it is going.
Registration is requested but not required for the events. Those wishing to attend can reply to the event on Hope Station’s Facebook page or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Perry said she appreciates everything the college, law school and business are doing for her agency.
“It’s a big deal. We’re a small nonprofit. Getting them to the table helps for people to recognize Hope Station a little more and recognize the importance of Hope Station,” she said.
Though Perry remembers growing up on Lincoln Street before Hope Station’s founding in 2000, the children she works with everyday don’t know what life in the neighborhood is like without it.
“A lot of these kids have never known life without Hope Station,” she said.
“They don’t know what their life would be like if we weren’t here.”