The HOPE committee is comprised of faculty and student representatives. The Student Council President, the Campus Ministry Council President, and class presidents of each grade serve on the HOPE committee along with the upper school division head, deans, and the advisor to the Campus Ministry Council. The committee serves as a clearinghouse for requests for school-wide fundraising, collections, drives, and other requests for monies. Campus Ministry Council and the Student Council are responsible for designated fundraising which traditionally occurs each year, such as bagel sales and class fundraisers. In an attempt to balance the many requests received each day from students who want to give generously to those in need, this committee meets monthly to respond and schedule those fundraising and collection efforts most important to the Upper School community.
The Upper School responds to the Holy Child goal to work for Christian principles of justice, peace, and compassion toward people in need in every facet of life, not only by raising funds but by educating and raising awareness of those needs. Students who apply to the HOPE committee commit to education and awareness by presenting, in general homeroom, information regarding the need, the people, their culture, their country, and how we can go beyond money in making a difference to a particular community.
Any upper school student may submit an application to the HOPE committee. The committee reviews the request in the context of the school calendar for fundraising and then works with the applicant to schedule a presentation time and appropriate time/place for the fundraiser or collection.