Helping Others Progress through Education (H.O.P.E.) is a charitable and educational organization whose mission is to educate, empower, and support children and young adults in the local community of Rock Hill, South Carolina.
H.O.P.E. was founded in 2013 by Tashica Thompson for the purpose of enabling at-risk and underprivileged young adults in York County to pursue higher education. 18.1% of the population in Rock Hill, SC (70,764 people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.5%.
Helping Others Progress through Education (H.O.P.E.) nonprofit organization philosophy is that in order to be successful in school, a child must be equipped with the necessary tools. Too often, families do not have the financial resources to purchase school supplies or food for their children. H.O.P.E. holds an annual school supply drive to provide underprivileged children in the Rock Hill, South Carolina area with the necessary supplies for the upcoming school year. Children who attend this event are given book bags, paper, notebooks, pencils, markers, and other supplies. We feed the homeless and participate in the South Carolina Department of Education Summer Food Service Program for Children (SFSP) to ensure children and their families don't starve.
H.O.P.E. works with young adults to identify institutions of higher learning, complete entrance applications, secure financial aid, and ultimately make the transition to life as a college student. We also hold workshops that provide young adults with information about available options in regards to higher education. These workshops focus on informing young adults about the different requirements for admission to an institution of higher learning, as well as the importance of a degree from a technical school or college.
In addition to providing free educational resources, H.O.P.E. arranges college tours for young adults. The college tours enable students to make an informed decision about selecting an institution of higher learning, as well as to ease the transition to life as a college student.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Founder & President
Tashica Thompson is the founder of Helping Others Progress through Education. Tashica is responsible for the vision, strategy and fundraising efforts of H.O.P.E. as it expands across York County. Tashica was born and raised in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Tashica attended York Technical College where she obtained her Associate’s Degree in Accounting and received an Accounting Certificate. Tashica’s educational background and her rough childhood established her commitment to help others further their education by guiding children through school, supplying school supplies in low income areas, and establishing college tours for teens and their parents.
After participating in Shadz of Essence school drives in Rock Hill, South Carolina for six years. Tashica decided to establish H.O.P.E. to expand the help in the low-income areas around York County. On August 3, 2014 in Rock Hill, SC at Armory Park she organized her first school drive that provided more than 600 book bags, school supplies, and ice cream. H.O.P.E. has at least two or more school drives in York County yearly.
On November 27, 2014, she started participating in feeding the homeless yearly with Rev. Ronald King. Rev. King Feed the Homeless program prepare about 5,000 plates every year on Thanksgiving. In 2014, she started assisting with the Toy Drive at the Presbyterian Church with Rev. King. Tashica is passionate about giving back to her community and is determined to help families and guide them through education.
Kesha Anthony is the Volunteer Director. She organizes and implements a complete volunteer service program including recruitment, training and coordination. She serves as the primary contact for volunteers.
Social Media Coordinator
Kenya Thompson is our Social Media Coordinator. She is responsible for planning, implementing and monitoring our social media strategy in order to increase brand awareness and improve marketing efforts.
MAKE A DONATION
Donations help us purchase food, school supplies, book bags, and help young adults go off to college.
BE A VOLUNTEER
Volunteering will help us be able to make a difference in our communities in York County and the surrounding areas.We rely on our volunteers to help prepare, package, and deliver school supplies and meals with love throughout the year.