The Little Foundation That Does
Submitted by Angela Roberge
Richard Bernal is the author of The Little Engine That Could. That classic story has common theme with the High Hopes Foundation of NH. Jacque Yinger and Dawn Cavanaugh are the founding mothers of the Little Foundation That Does, the High Hopes Foundation of NH, Inc. This small, yet mighty volunteer organization has served New Hampshire’s medically challenged children since 1983, long before Make A Wish was a driving force for granting wishes to terminal children in our state.
This year we celebrate 30 years of making a difference. On September 27th, Jacque Yinger, who currently resides in Ohio, returned to NH to attend our annual meeting. Jacque shared her story of how High Hopes came to be. We shared our successes and tribulations in fundraising for this organization and like people with her, and we found that it hasn’t changed all that much in 30 years.
Jacque then graced us with her volunteer presence on Sunday, September 30th for our annual Poker Run a popular, long-distance motorcycle trek. When we arrived at the venue, the rain started and never stopped. I was disappointed that the weather wasn’t better, and I guess my face showed it because Jacque said to me, “Don’t you understand? Almost all of our outdoor events were in the rain. -It’s a High Hopes tradition!”
Like I said, it hasn’t changed all that much …rain, spirited fundraising, and giving hope to children.