The founder of HMI saw real needs in her rural, Pennsylvania, hometown for help in making day to day life just a little better for the residents and she felt that there must be many more former residents who want to find a way to give back to the place they call “Home”. She couldn’t be the only one.
During the initial research on how, exactly, to help bring money, experience and encouragement back home, she found that one way would be to have a nonprofit with an IRS tax exempt status of 501(c)3. Many can affirm that not much can be done, in the form of getting grants and major gifts, without having this status. So, she went to work to form a nonprofit corporation that would help the people still living in her hometown to be encouraged to move happily into the future.
With the enthusiastic help of a handful of volunteers who share her passion and love of Emporium, PA, HMI was created. The status of a nonprofit charity was certified on December 8, 2011.
Over the next few years, the theory was proved and many worthwhile projects, private donations and grants brought some help back home. This gave encouragement to the current residents that this town is not alone.
Through the help of social media, former residents from all over the world raised their hands saying, I want to help my hometown mentors too. Working with these former residents who give personal donations, local agencies and foundations, along with state and national corporations who give major grants, HMI and the current and former residents of Emporium continue to work together to prove this theory.