KHOPE International was founded by American Canyon residences. The charter missions were an empowerment center for girls in Nairobi, Kenya and a house building project in LaMorita, Mexico.
KHOPE International’s mission remains the same as it was when it was started.
To provide financial and hands-on support for the basic needs of children living in poverty through direct scholarships and grants to organizations that support children.
KHOPE has contributed over $100,000 to its charter missions in Kenya and Mexico. In addition, KHOPE has reached out to help children around the world and close to home. Since its beginning, KHOPE has donated almost $61,000 to support projects in American Canyon and Vallejo, CA.
The current members of the KHOPE Board of Directors are passionate, dedicated leaders of the community who are committed to making a difference all over the world. They continue to seek new ways to help children.
KHOPE is a 100% volunteer organization and does not issue grants to any regifting organizations. Operating expenses are paid from sources other than those donated to specific programs so KHOPE guarantees that 100% of all funds donated go directly to support the children they serve.
Thank you for your support.
The Board Members of KHOPE International
Joseph has lived in American Canyon since 1986. Joseph is a retired information system’s engineer and is a long-time parishioner of Holy Family Parish. Joe has previously served as the President of the parish Men's Club. He has been active in the community over the years as a board member on the Napa Junction Parent's Club, the Boys and Girls Club, AYSO soccer league, as well as coaching various soccer, baseball, and basketball teams. Joseph has been on the KHOPE Board since 2007 and helped establish the Reindeer Run as an annual community event.
Sandy helped to create KHOPE primarily because of her desire to help raise funds for the La Morita Mexico Youth Mission. Sandy went on several of the group’s trips to build homes for the vulnerable families of Tijuana, Mexico and she saw firsthand what true poverty looked like. Sandy uses her financial and organizational skills to manage KHOPE's finances and perform back office support for fundraising activities. In addition to KHOPE, Sandy has served as a member of the Holy Family Parish Counsel, Finance Committee, and other ministries. She has also been actively involved with the SF/SM Secretariat, including leading a Cursillo weekend."
Julie has been on the Board of KHOPE International for over 10 years. She has lived in American Canyon for thirty years and raised her two daughters here. She served the community as a Board member of AYSO, on the Site Council for both Donaldson Way Elementary School and Vintage High School and was the President of the American Canyon Middle School PTO. She is currently a member of the American Canyon chapter of Soroptomist International.
Cheryl has been a resident in American Canyon for the last 26 years. She and her husband Mark moved here in May of 1994. Cheryl worked as an HR/Labor Manager for a non-profit organization in Solano County; she recently retired after 24 years. While Cheryl is new to the KHOPE Board (joined in September 2019), she has been an active member of the Kiwanis Club of American Canyon for the last 5 years. She has served as their Vice President as well as President for 2 years. Her interest in joining the KHOPE Board is the same as her interest in serving in the Kiwanis club, a mission of serving children in need both locally and globally.
Kevin and his wife, Sandy, have lived in American Canyon for over 17 years. He is quite active in Holy Family Parish serving as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister and President of the Men’s Club. Kevin is also active with Kiwanis of American Canyon as a Board Member and Past President. Kevin continues to serve on KHOPE and the Kiwanis Boards because of their focus on helping children.
Betty is a lifelong Napa Valley resident. She grew up in Napa and has lived in American Canyon for over 31 years. Betty is a retired schoolteacher. She is also an active and longtime parishioner of Holy Family Parish. She has served on the Pastoral Council and in the Choir and is a past president of the Women's Club. Betty has served on the KHOPE Board for 7 years. Her involvement allows Betty to put her passion for children and education into action
Nancy has lived in American Canyon since 1986. She is a retired Independent Facilitator for the Napa Valley Unified School District. Nancy is a long-time parishioner of Holy Family Parish and is currently serving as the President of the Women's Club. She is a founding member of the Soroptimist International of American Canyon. She has been active in the community over the years as a board member on the Napa Junction Parent's Club, the Boys and Girls Club, AYSO soccer league, as well as a Team Mom on various soccer, baseball, and basketball teams. Nancy has been on the KHOPE Board since 2007. Nancy's specialty is community outreach, expertly connecting KHOPE to the community at large.
Teri has been involved with KHOPE since the beginning, first as a volunteer and then joining the board in 2013. She has help organize several fundraising events. Teri was active in raising funds for the Empowerment Center in Nairobi, even prior to the formation of KHOPE. Teri has often represented KHOPE at the Ladies in Red events, Global Holiday Faire, Season of Giving and the Scholarship Awards Ceremony for the American Canyon High School. In addition, Teri was on the Board of the American Canyon Family Resource Center and is always willing to help the American Canyon community
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