If Heather Smith had her choice, fundraising would be her full-time job. Over the years, the Hopkinton resident and human resources executive has been involved volunteering her time and helping to raise funds for a number of causes in the community.
“One hundred percent I would do it all the time if I could. I really love it,” she said.
It’s because of that passion that Smith and another local resident, Missy Doran, co-founded the Hopkinton Community Partnership (HCP), an independent philanthropic organization whose goal is to help fulfill various needs in town. Smith serves as president of the HCP and Doran as vice president.
Over the years, Smith has served on the Hopkinton Parent Teacher Association board and served on the Hopkinton Education Foundation board and chaired its fundraising efforts, and she currently is involved in a number of other school and town organizations. Through all her involvement, Smith said she would hear about various needs of people or groups in town.
“I’d hear it through the grapevine and it made me think there are so many needs out there that can’t possibly all be met,” she said.
That’s when she and Doran took action. This past spring, HCP came to fruition, and since then the two women have been organizing events to raise funds to be doled out to community-based education-driven programs, in addition to individuals and families in need. The two are hoping to have one fundraising event each month.
In mid-October, the HCP collaborated with Uno’s in Westborough for a “dough-raiser” in which the eatery donated up to 20 percent from patrons’ checks throughout one day.
On Oct. 27, the organization sponsored a fun Trunk or Treat event in the parking lot of Marty’s Fine Wines.
Future events include a Nov. 2 Moms Night Out, which begins at 7 p.m. at Hopkinton Country Club. The fun evening will include light appetizers, a cash bar and vendors on hand so attendees can shop. The cost is $20 per person.
Another upcoming HCP event is an Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt that begins on the Town Common and takes children and their parents through the downtown area looking for elves at various businesses. The scavenger hunt is scheduled for Dec. 14, beginning at 11 a.m.
As monies begin to come in from fundraising events, Smith and Doran encourage residents and local groups to apply for funding through HCP’s grant application, which is available on an ongoing basis through the website. Non-monetary requests are taken into consideration as well.
Smith said the Hopkinton community has been extremely supportive of her and Doran’s efforts and expressed thanks to the organization’s primary sponsors, Middlesex Savings Bank and Eversource.
“The community and schools have been great. Any time we’ve asked for help they’ve come out, and I’m very thankful for that,” Smith said.
Registration for all HCP events, as well as more details and contact information, can be found on the organization’s website at hopkintoncommunitypartnership.com.