Lowcountry Community Initiative Adopted by Montrose, Colorado

Staff Report From Low Country CEO

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

The community nonprofit initiative Help4Hope is being adopted by other communities, including Montrose, Colo.

Help4Hope is an economic stimulus program created by the Watterson Family Foundation in partnership with the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. Its mission is to help provide meals for families, generate new business for local restaurants, and protect jobs in the food-service industry.

The goal is to raise $5 million. Dollars raised are converted into a common currency called a Community Investment Card, which is distributed to community members most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. They then redeem the cards at local participating restaurants for a meal that feeds four. Restaurants then redeem the cards for $50 each.

Help4Hope wanted to create community-wide engagement, while simultaneously providing a template that other cities could adopt and deploy quickly into their own communities.

In partnership with the Montrose Community Foundation, The City of Montrose, and Our Town Matters, Montrose will initiate the Help4Hope program within the next two weeks. Tonya Martin is a Montrose resident and has been instrumental in developing the initiative in their town. Martin said: “When Billy Watterson reached out to me, I felt inspired to do the same fantastic work they are doing on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton for our own community.”