A Guest Column from The Harvest Foundation Team
Our journey to progress and growth begins with hope — a shared hope where we all work together toward a brighter future for Martinsville-Henry County.
Project Hope is part of The Harvest Foundation’s commitment to invest in community-driven programs that put the decision-making power into the hands of community members. We just announced this year’s nine grant recipients with projects totaling $91,287!
We are thrilled to see the excitement and hope building in MHC because of these grantees and the hard work they’re willing to do for their communities.
This year’s theme was “Community Pride and Engagement,” and each approved grant touched on the theme with projects ranging from beautification to community gardens and neighborhood signage.
The City of Martinsville will work with volunteers to design colorful and eye-catching crosswalk projects to bring new energy to Uptown Martinsville. Planters in uptown will get a refreshed look, along with other volunteer-led rejuvenation projects, spearheaded by Uptown Partnership.
Hope Box Builders will build “pantry-like” boxes in locations across Martinsville-Henry County so people in need can have immediate access to non-perishable food, hygiene supplies, and information about other resources in our community. How many people in need might be scared or hesitant to visit a local agency for help? Maybe a Hope Box will be the first step toward healing and growth.
We have our challenges much like any other community, but we also have “hope builders” who make it their mission to change the narrative and make a difference in Martinsville-Henry County. It’s our hope that this year’s grant recipients will inspire others to share their hopes and dreams with us, and maybe, they will submit their own Project Hope grant in 2024.