How We Spread Hope Through Helping
As a previous food stamp case manager with Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services, Erin Blackmore, founder of HopeMatch, witnessed extreme need on a daily basis. What started as her husband’s Christmas bonus, facilitated the Blackmore’s to create HopeMatch in 2010. The organization quickly took off as there was a great need for families in the working class that were beyond the income limit to receive government assistance.
Originally, HopeMatch functioned as a Christmas-oriented program in which donors were matched with families in need to provide them with items on their wish-list of up to $100 in value per person. Now, in addition to the original holiday program, HopeMatch offers multiple avenues of aid such as access to financial classes, a pop up store for personal essential items, even a back to school event. The Blackmore’s are committed to finding new and innovative ways to spread to hope to those unseen and unheard through providing resources and encouragement to those who need it most.