WILMINGTON — The Clinton County Hope House met its Giving Tuesday goal, and then some, thanks in part to a long-time educator at Wilmington College matching donations.
The donor — who wishes to remain anonymous — matched any donations contributed to Hope House’s successful $5,000 campaign, meaning they received around $10,000.
The donor cited the group’s need for help, their personal connection to the college, and their campus colleague Nancy McCormick as a reason for wanting to help. McCormick serves as the board president for Hope House.
“There is an increasing need at the Hope House,” the donor told the News Journal. “It requires additional funding to try and serve more clients in the community.”
Giving Tuesday started as a response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday as a way to help support local non-profits.
Hope House, founded in 2014, is an emergency drop-in shelter that provides emergency overnight housing for homeless women and children. Any donations they receive go to providing “kindness, a warm bed, meal, shower, and laundry services,” according to the Facebook page.
Julie Rudd, board secretary for Hope House, described this donation as exciting for them.
“We’ve only just begun to pay an interim director (Katie Terrell), who is our only paid personnel. So, anytime someone makes a large-scale donation to us … it’s more than exciting,” said Rudd.
Since the campaign began this week, Hope House has received several donations. The anonymous donor feels that the matching donations motivated locals to give along with an existing sense of charity they have.
“There’s a strong giving spirit in Clinton County and there are so many people with big hearts who want to help,” the donor said.
The matched donations for Giving Tuesday ends on Thursday, Dec. 2, and can be made via their website hopehousewilmington.org . A check made out to Wilmington Hope High can be mailed to 485 E. Locust St., Wilmington, OH 45177.
Donations can still be made after the Giving Tuesday campaign.