Sun., Nov. 17 at the Vancouver Community Library join Hope 4 Humanity for a Thanksgiving meal
VANCOUVER — Clark County’s nonprofit, Project Hope 4 Humanity, will host a Friendsgiving Dinner on Nov. 17 at the Vancouver Community Library.
The event is open to the public and cost $18 for admission and dinner. Tickets for children 7 to 12-years-old is only $9 and younger children are free. Dinner includes a Thanksgiving-styled meal, a drink choice of hot cocoa, cider, tea, or wine and a dessert. Second glasses of wine will be available for purchase.
The event is set to run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and money raised from the event will go back into the organization with the mission of growing resources for at-risk, or opportunity youth in the area.
The organization has the goal of equipping young people to become active and healthy members of the community. Currently, the nonprofit has two locations where they run coffee carts with the help of program interns and baristas. One is Legacy High School in East Vancouver, while the other sits inside Vancouver Community Library itself.
Through the program students learn job skills, work ethic, social skills, and receive emotional health best practices and advice. The organization has networked or partnered with many other nonprofits and businesses in the area, including Teach One to Lead One, Gifts for our Community, Kafiex Coffee Roasters, and Sugar and Salt Bakery.
“If there’s not support for them to get out of the cycle, or to get into the community and to feel successful, sometimes it repeats itself,” said CEO Paige Uhlemeyer of the youth in the program. “They want it so bad. They just need to be given the chance, like someone just needs to say, ‘I trust you to do this, and I know you can. So let’s do this together.’”
Many of the youth interns and baristas working with Project Hope 4 Humanity will be attending the event, and the organization says they not only will be raising funds but also want to establish time for networking and community support for the youth.