On State Reunion Tribute Concert

Honoring our Hometown Mentors

Who do you remember your “best” mentor in Emporium, PA?  HMI was formed because of real needs in rural, Pennsylvania to remember those who helped build our character.

While reminiscing about life in the 50’s and 60’s and more, our founder wanted to help give back some of what she had gained while growing up in Emporium.

It was clear that there were other former residents who also wanted to find a way to give back to the place they call “Home”.

During the initial research and brain-storming about how we could help bring money, experience and encouragement back home, we found that one way would be to form a nonprofit with an IRS tax exempt status of 501(c)3 public charity.

Many will affirm that not much can be done, without funding from grants and major gifts from foundations, or private donations, without having this status.  With that information, we went to work to form a nonprofit corporation.

Over the next ten +years, HMI helped encourage people still living in Emporium, that they were not alone.  HMI proved this through projects like rebuilding The Prospect Park Playground and the Reunion Tribute Concert with Ms. Beveridge.

Former residents, like you, still have a heart for Emporium, right along with those who still live in Cameron County.  We are watching from our current residences, all over the United States, and we love technology that can bring us back home whenever we want.

With the enthusiastic help of volunteers who shared a passion for our hometown, an HMI Board of Directors was formed and HMI was formed.  The status of a nonprofit charity was certified on December 8, 2011.

Through the help of social media, former residents from all over the world raised their hands saying, I remember those mentors and we want to come together to remember classmates and contribute to helping with projects that will make the area prosper.

The point is that, working together with fierce passion, deep empathy and creative problem solving, all of us can give back and make a difference in our hometown.

If you would like more information about HMI, or have any questions about what we are working on, you can contact us at:  hometown.mentors@gmail.com  or  “LIKE” us on Facebook on our page Hometown15834.

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