“HOPE is a volunteer, not-for-profit, event management organization that raises funds for community-based charities and has fun doing so” – HOPE’s mission statement
HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) was started 38 years ago by Fred Logan and his friends as part of a group of events, inspired by Terry Fox, whose sole purpose was to give back to the Ottawa Community. What was a small group of teams has grown into the World’s Largest One Day Volleyball Tournament, that has continued to support Ottawa’s local charities.
Next year’s SummerFest event takes place on Saturday, July 11th.
HOPE added another event that has been growing every year for the past 4 years and that is our HOPE Volleyball WinterFest. This event is known as a “Warm Up to HOPE” that has taken place in previous years in March. This year we are taking a step back with this event but will update when it’s ready to start up again in the future! This event hosts approximately 48 teams of 8 players maximum with the proceeds
helping us continue to give back to the Ottawa community throughout the year.
HOPE, championed by its’ Expand Our Give Committee, as part of the Adopt a Park/Roadway program, is lucky to have adopted Britannia Park, the site of our first ever SummerFest 38 years ago. The first event took place on June 9th, with another event planned for Fall. Twice a year, a team of volunteers and staff perform activities to keep our shared spaces clean, green, and free of litter and graffiti. HOPE continues its history of reaching out to, participating with and giving back to our community.
These many successes are made possible because of the support of several committed stakeholders. First, and foremost, HOPE is a volunteer led and driven organization. It depends on the efforts of an active board of directors, a membership body, and a core planning team of some forty individuals who, in turn, manage close to 800 event-day volunteers at SummerFest. The volunteers are assisted by a small, dedicated staff of two. HOPE is also extremely fortunate to count on the generous and continued support of its stellar family of corporate partners as well as the City of Ottawa.
The inspiration that led to HOPE’s founding 38 years ago continues to guide us today.
Now as then, the goal is to serve our community by serving up fun.