After the tragic events of September 11, 2001, people in Sudbury, Massachusetts were moved to take action to help others in need. The idea caught on.
Those people called a few people who called a few more and HOPEsudbury was born—a diverse group of residents, town employees and business people—young and young at heart—working as a community to help those in need of support, encouragement and financial assistance.
Since that time, HOPEsudbury has sponsored a variety of activities and events designed to strengthen community ties while raising money, collecting items and showing support for people in need.
Thank you to HOPEsudbury supporter Stuart Beeby Photography for creating this video in honor of our 20th anniversary (2021).
Giving at Home
Our signature program, the HOPEfund, is a valuable source of short-term financial assistance for local individuals and families with unexpected financial need. The fund has distributed more than $1,000,000 since it was established in 2002. On average, 60-70 Sudbury families who have fallen on hard times turn to the HOPEfund for support each year. In 2022, the HOPEfund aided 104 Sudbury families with more than $100,000 in emergency financial assistance.
Giving Beyond Our Borders
Each year we direct a small portion of our charitable giving to support Sudbury first responders and/or nonprofit organizations across the state, the country, and the world, serving people struggling to meet basic needs. Past examples include a new fully stocked refrigerator for the Sudbury Food Pantry, new gloves for SFD, and support for the SPD’s Advocates program. We also support agencies engaged in rapid response to natural disasters and conflict. In the past, HOPEsudbury has supported agencies providing food relief to Ukraine, disaster relief during Texas Hurricanes, and Australian Wildfire relief.
The Power of Community
The “giving” piece of HOPEsudbury is only one part of what we do. First and foremost, our mission is to create opportunities for Sudbury citizens to work together for the common good. Through our popular Auction, Fishing Derby and community drives, HOPEsudbury encourages residents from all walks of life to share their time, talents and treasures to support others in need.