Hope Builders Blog

ImpACT Anaheim – 24 Hours. 10 Organizations. 1 Cause

Hope Builders, along with 9 other organizations, are coming together on October 24 for ImpACT Anaheim–a giving day to raise funds to support underserved youth of Anaheim. Orange County Community Foundation is providing support to the participating nonprofits, so they can reach their goal of raising $100,000. Hope Builders has committed to raising $10,000. “At Read More »

PIMCO – Transforming Lives with Hope Builders Since 2001

Since 2001, PIMCO has served as a key partner in helping Hope Builders’ youth move out of poverty and onto a path of economic stability through contributing financial resources, leadership on its board of directors and hundreds of volunteer hours. Most recently, PIMCO honored Hope Builders with its 2017 Leadership Circle Award, recognizing the organization’s Read More »

St. Joseph Health – Connecting Hope Builders’ Youth to Career Opportunities for Over 20 Years

Since 1997, St. Joseph Health and its ministries in Orange County—St. Joseph Hospital, Mission Hospital and St. Jude Medical Center have been instrumental in connecting Hope Builders’ disadvantaged youth to career opportunities in healthcare. St. Joseph Health has developed an internal internship opportunity for Hope Builders youth in its Revenue Cycle Services that has since Read More »

Best of Friends Honoree – Woodbridge Glass/Werner Systems

Hope Builders will honor Woodbridge Glass/Werner Systems at this year’s annual Light Up A Life gala on September 15, 2018 with the Best of Friends Award to recognize their incredible support in equipping young people with the technical and life skills training needed to enter the workforce. Since 2010, Woodbridge Glass/Werner Systems has partnered with Read More »

Guaranty Chevrolet – Helping Young People Drive Toward Success

Since 2002, Bruce and Cindy Hamlin, owners of Guaranty Chevrolet, have generously donated the grand prize of Hope Builders’ car raffle. Their generosity has helped the organization raise over $650,000 to empower local youth with the skills and support needed to achieve enduring personal and professional success. “We’re proud to support the youth of our Read More »

Jobs WORK – Q&A with Anthony

Anthony is 20-years old from Anaheim, CA and currently participates in Jobs WORK—Hope Builders’ new “earn and learn” initiative that partners with the building trades to provide field training to youth looking to launch their construction careers. Anthony shares below about his experience in Jobs WORK. Q: What were you doing before Hope Builders? A: Read More »

PIMCO Foundation Honors Hope Builders

PIMCO Foundation honored Hope Builders with the 2017 Leadership Circle Award, which recognizes organizations “adept at growing their impact and demonstrating ingenuity, while maintaining their quality and increasing their results.” Hope Builders will also receive a $25,000 gift from the PIMCO Foundation. Shawna Smith, Hope Builders’ Executive Director, accepted the award at a celebration event Read More »


JPMorgan Chase is once again a Premier Sponsor of Hope Builders’ Light Up A Life gala on Saturday, September 16, 2017. JPMorgan Chase will join nearly 550 Orange County business leaders and philanthropists to celebrate the amazing transformations their support makes possible in the lives of 550 Orange County youth each year. Since 2009, JPMorgan Read More »

Everybody Wins When the Community Improves

The 2012 police involved shootings in Anaheim sparked protests and riots in the city. In response to this, Hope Builders was among the community organizations that opened its doors in Anaheim. “We saw many of the issues – disenfranchisement, and lack of opportunity – we were dealing with here in Santa Ana coming to surface in Anaheim. Read More »