HYPE members are very involved in the community! As part of HYPE’s mission to help young professionals become better engaged in community life, expand professional and social opportunities, and become ambassadors for the Hartford Region, HYPE encourages cross-collaboration among agencies and organizations that offer opportunities to volunteer in the community.
HYPE gives back to the community in many ways, including our two signature events, Tee it Up for Charity at the Travelers Championship and Tons of Toys, and through our Community Involvement Committee, tasked with organizing hands on volunteer experiences throughout the year. Both of our signature events and Committee organized events benefit local community organizations.
With the incredible support of our members and volunteers, HYPE has made a significant impact on the community organizations we collaborate with. Our annual Tee It Up for Charity at the Travelers Championship event has raised over $133,000 dollars since 2010 for beneficiaries such as The First Tee of Connecticut, Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, Journey Home, Hartford’s Camp Courant, KNOX Inc, and The Village for Families & Children. Since 2006, HYPE has collected over 17,470 toys during our signature Tons of Toys event held each December, most recently befitting the youth and families of the YMCA of Greater Hartford.
HYPE’s Community Involvement Committee organizes a multitude of hands on community service events in the region. Some highlights include beautifying Riverside Park with Riverfront Recapture, organizing donations at Foodshare, planting trees with Knox, build days with Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity, and volunteering at Oak Hill's Chapter 126 location.
In addition to supporting HYPE’s signature events and organizing community service events, the Community Involvement Committee hosts two community collections a year to benefit a local organization. These collections are held at the April and September Get HYPEd event, and over 7,700 items have been donated since 2014.
For more information on HYPE in the Community, or how to get more involved, visit our Community Involvement Committee page and check our events calendar for upcoming volunteer opportunities with HYPE.