The Children’s Hope Chest is a non-profit organization incorporated and founded in 2005 by Rosemary Cordasco and Valerie Sprague.
For many years, Rosemary and Val participated in a holiday gift giving program for another non-profit which provided holiday gifts to needy children.
They encouraged their friends to have their children participate in the gift buying and wrapping so they would one day themselves continue the charge to spread hope for children less fortunate.
The generosity of spirit at the holidays was heartwarming and inspiring, but they were concerned that after the holidays, these same children still continued to face despair.
Rosemary and Val formulated a volunteer board of directors and researched the partnership with local agencies whose own missions align with CHC.
There is now an active Leadership Committee to support the work of the Board of Directors and together are supported by an extremely generous and supportive base of local donors.
The organization relies upon a grass roots approach to reach new donors and develop volunteerism. For each person that steps up to help CHC, another child is helped.
The essence of the organization is summed up in a few simple sentences. Each donor is always asked to help a child in need by Holding out your hand, opening your heart and offering hope. There are many children waiting on us.
Board of Directors
Dina Fisher - Co-President
Lindsey Leibowitz - Co-President
Lisa Smith - Co-President
Maria Lamari Burden - Treasurer
Julie Sheppe - Secretary
Board Member Emeritus