Stars of HOPE empowers children to transform communities impacted by disaster through inspiring and colorful art. Stars of HOPE also transforms the way we express our compassion and connectivity following disasters at a national – and global – scale.
Stars of HOPE is a unique disaster relief/community art project that empowers children in communities devasted by natural disasters like tornadoes, wildfires, hurricanes, and floods as well as man-made disasters such as mass-shootings and industrial accidents, to paint hopeful messages, inspirational words, and colorful designs on one-foot wooden stars as part of their personal, and their community’s collective, healing process.
These beautiful hand-painted stars are then planted on street corners, and attached to poles and fences throughout communities recovering from natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy and horrific acts of violence like the shootings in Newtown,Connecticut.
Stars of HOPE instantly become beacons of light amid the darkness and the community’s new landmarks as they bolster the human spirit and convey the possibilities of a brighter future as seen through the limitless creativity and hope of a child.
Stars of HOPE also connects children and families outside the impacted area to the recovery process in a tangible and meaningful way by displaying Stars made by children across the country – and across the world – in a powerful sign of solidarity, friendship, and love.
From Greensburg, Kansas to Kessennuma, Japan, and from Bastrop, Texas to Breezy Point, New York, Stars of HOPE have literally transformed the physical and emotional landscape of communities recovering from major disasters overnight. Often seen on street corners years following the tragedy, Stars of HOPE have provided immeasurable comfort and lasting inspiration for disaster survivors throughout the extended aftermath of disasters.
More than just a community art project, Stars of HOPE has become a growing “pay it forward” volunteer movement of compassion, resilience, and love.
It has also become a way to strengthen communities following disaster by bringing together children, families, schools, first responders, civic and faith-based leaders, and community-based organizations to participate in community-wide Stars of HOPE painting events as part of the collective healing and recovery process.
Started in 2007 as a way to empower the children of Greensburg, Kansas to bring hope and color back to their tornado ravaged community, Stars of HOPE is operated as a joint project of New York Says Thank You Foundation and Groesbeck Rebuilds America. It has grown through the passion of the Vincent Family and their neighbors in Groesbeck,Texas and through the dedication of our Stars of HOPE workshops nationwide including Greensburg, Kansas; Little Sioux, Iowa; Mena, Arkansas; Ellijay and Canton, Georgia; Joplin, Missouri; Minot, North Dakot;, Utica,Illinois, and New York & New Jersey.
We would also like to thank our major supporters including Home Depot, Build An Ark Animal Rescue, Missouri Southern State University, Minot Recovery Warehouse, Congregation Rodeph Sholom, and National September 11 Memorial & Museum for helping us to bring light into the world through Stars of HOPE.