The Hough Foundation is our featured non-profit of the month! This non-profit provides Hough Elementary students, families, and home-schooled children with basic needs and opportunities—all of which fulfill scholastic, physical, and social growth. The early access to the tools needed for healthy communities are believed to lay the groundwork for improving the lives of the children and families involved. The Hough Foundation provides access to these necessary tools.
Established in 1992 by Paul Christensen, a Vancouver businessman and former Hough student, the Hough Foundation was created with the intention of improving the Hough Neighborhood and Hough Elementary School through programs and projects. The Family Service Center is managed by a full time Director who connects with volunteers in order to assist teachers in the classrooms and on projects. The Family Service Center supports both the Lunch Buddy Program and Clothes Closet. The Hough Foundation is proud to have a strong focus on Mental Health as well. They strive to connect students and families with mental health resources in the area. They have an Intervention Room that is staffed continually as well as a school counselor on site five days a week. Lastly, the Hough Foundation values music education and the positive ways it prepares the brain for math and literacy. They have found that students involved in their Glee Choral Group and Escola de Samba (Brazilian-style drumming) have improved grades and school attendance. The value of performing in these groups boosts self-pride and esteem—creating a strong connection between the student’s school and larger community.
The Hough Foundation generates funds through grants, fundraisers and donations from individuals, faith communities, and corporate supporters. We are proud to support an organization that supports the growth and education of the future leaders in our community!