Hispanic Organization Public Employees (HOPE) is a common interest, non-profit and nonpartisan organization committed to supporting present and future corporate objectives and to assisting in the development and advancement of its members at CPS Energy and in the community it serves.
HOPE was founded in 2003 and is currently open to all active and retired CPS Energy employees. Working in partnership with CPS Energy and the Diversity Council, HOPE launched its official kick-off and became the utility's first employee networking group.
In its first year, the organization gained momentum, and in 2004, HOPE successfully held the first Tribute to Hispanic Banquet to recognize community leaders and raise funds for scholarships. In order to increase fundraising capabilities, HOPE leaders moved to officially establish the organization as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, and has worked to maintain this important designation over the years.
Perhaps the most telling of all the HOPE success stories is that, as of 2018, 113 scholarships totaling $188,400 have been awarded to deserving students in our community.
The HOPE mission is to inspire leadership development, create goodwill in the community & promote academic excellence through scholarships.
As employees and retirees from CPS Energy, we take pride in our organization. As such, we continually strive to fully integrate CPS Energy's People First philosophy into the fabric of the HOPE organization. Our organization is for the people, and we acknowledge and respect that our success is based on contributions made for, and by, all HOPE members. Below is additional insight into some of the people that compromise HOPE; our HOPE Executive Mentor and our HOPE Executive Mentor and HOPE Officers, and HOPE Committee Chairs.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Our HOPE Board Members have worked diligently to deliver this 2019-2020 Strategic Plan, which shall serve as a broad roadmap to guide all-volunteer employee HOPE team this coming year. Ultimately the HOPE team continues to carry out the mission of investing in our future leaders and giving back to our community.
I am confident that our volunteers, committees, and Board members will achieve their full potential when they use this plan to guide their work. The plan contains specific objectives and strategies aimed at continuing to award higher education scholarships; pursing community outreach partnerships, and , providing leadership and professional growth opportunities for our valuable members. It is also intended to be a living and dynamic plan that is flexible to accommodate further input, and it ensures an integrated effort in execution. Beginning with the areas of focus, the plan provides a framework of what needs to be done to fulfill our mission.
A special heart-felt THANK YOU to the leadership and membership of HOPE. You truly embody our CPS Energy philosophy of PEOPLE FIRST! I thank you so much for your dedication, engagement and teamwork in creating even greater opportunities for our HOPE organization.
I will close by saying that I am honored and continue serving as the Hispanic Organization for Public Employees (HOPE) Executive Sponsor as we begin another year of valuable work in our community.
Vice-President of Community Engagement & Corporate Responsibility