(Hopewell Harvest Fair Facebook photo.)

The Hopewell Harvest Fair Board of Trustees distributed grants to 19 local nonprofit organizations on Nov. 27 at its annual grant ceremony. Since its inception in 1987, the Hopewell Harvest Fair has dispersed more than $200,000, in grant funding to nonprofit groups working in the Hopewell Valley.

In a media release, the Harvest Fair board reported that it was able to distribute four times the amount of grant funding this year as in 2017, with every organization who requested a grant receiving an award. The board credited the hard work of the all-volunteer 2018 planning committee and the generosity of local business sponsors.

This year’ grant recipients include 19 organizations that work on a variety of issues, including youth, the arts, children with special needs, and more. Grants were distributed to Hopewell Boy Scout Troop 71, Costume Hangers, Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space, Hopewell Elementary School PTO Science Fair Committee, HomeFront, Hopewell Museum, Hopewell Public Library, Hopewell Valley Chorus, Hopewell Valley Lions, Hopewell Valley Central High School PTO, HVCHS Robotics, HVCHS Scholarship Fund, Sourland Conservancy, The OSIP Foundation, Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum, Stony Brook Elementary PTO, HVRSD STRIVE PTO, Womanspace, and the YingHua International School.

“The Hopewell Harvest Fair is all about community. On the day of the fair, we bring thousands of residents together for a day of family fun, and the proceeds from the event are invested back into the community through our grants,” said Julie Sansone, president of the board. “We are grateful to all fair patrons and our generous sponsors for helping us fulfill our mission of community-building. And a heartfelt thank-you to our volunteers, led by the amazing Heidi Wilenius, who were able to engage more residents and businesses than ever for a super-successful fair in every aspect.”

The 33rd Annual Hopewell Harvest Fair is already scheduled to take place on Saturday, Sept. 28, and the planning committee is beginning to take shape. Anyone interested in volunteering is invited to contact Heidi Wilenius, incoming board of trustees president, at chair@hopewellharvestfair.org or (609) 439-3574.