Hope for Kids Geauga is a nonprofit, volunteer organization providing funds to improve the lives and give hope for the future to at risk children in Geauga County. Hundreds of Geauga children suffer from abuse and neglect due to parent’s addiction and substance abuse, mental illness, domestic violence households, or lack of resources.
Due to strict government guidelines, county agencies that deal with children from abused, neglected and at risk backgrounds do not have funding to help them live normal childhood experiences. Hope for Kids Geauga has donated around $49,000 annually, working with local social service agencies to identify kids in need. The money raised helps pay for camps, tutoring, school yearbooks, music lessons, school trips, pay to play sports, funeral clothing, and other experiences that promote social, emotional, physical and cognitive development.
According to Stephanie Weemhoff, president, “When the pandemic hit, we acted swiftly and diligently to identify more than150 homes in need of Wi-Fi hot spots and helped school districts purchase Wi-Fi hot spots so students could do online virtual learning and not fall behind their peers. At this point we have been able to provide hot spots to all the families and kids in need.”
Hope for Kids Geauga would like to continue to supply Wi-Fi connections beyond the COVID-19 crisis to students whose families are unable to afford this service. Please consider donating to the Go Fund Me account started by Chardon resident and Chardon High School graduate, Mike Laudato, or contribute to Hope for Kids Geauga, PO Box 21, Novelty, Ohio 44072 and indicate Wi-Fi on the memo line or at
http://hopeforkidsgeauga.org through PayPal.