Thank you to Connie Lester, President of the Stratford Chapter of Hearts of Hope.
Connie explained that Hearts of Hope is a movement of hope accomplished through healing art for the benefit of those in need. Her program is volunteer-driven by those who wish to “pay it forward.” Our volunteers are often people “who have been there” and have experienced life-altering challenges of their own.
Our mission is a simple one, she said, "to provide service to those who experience trauma and loss through art, educational workshops and healing outreach".
“One of the most remarkable things I have witnessed through our volunteers is their strength. Many times volunteers will create a healing gift for another with tears in their eyes, but always with a strong desire to offer caring and compassion.” 
In the words of one volunteer, these “tangible prayers” have reached people in hospitals, cancer centers, the military and communities.
These four steps are how we do it and how you can get involved:
Paint with A Purpose
Pay it forward to those in need through community service. Paint a beautiful heart, write a kind message, and spread hope through your family, organization or our chapter. 
Be A Creator of Hope
We have a variety of programs available for schools, youth groups, scouting troops and others. These are interactive workshops that demonstrate the benefits of spreading hope and “paying it forward” 
Spread Hope
Our professionals are available to describe services in your area for those experiencing trauma and loss. Our resources directory is vast and we will happily assist you in finding the service that best fits your needs or the needs of someone you love. 
Your generous donations fund our important mission.
Thank you very much for “creating hope…one heart at a time.” The Stratford Rotary Exec Board voted to donate $500.00 to Hearts of Hope.
If interested in finding out more and how you can get involved our schedule is below.
Tue 6 PM · Riverview Bistro Restaurant & Banquet Facility 
Tue 6 PM · Riverview Bistro Restaurant & Banquet Facility
Tue 6 PM · Riverview Bistro Restaurant & Banquet Facility