In 2005, The Network established the Ripple of Hope Award to recognize the most outstanding among us—employees, Mentors and other independent contractors—whose passion, energy and skill have created a positive impact in the lives of others. Whether they work in direct care, operations or supporting business roles, these outstanding employees, foster parents and Host Home providers create a “ripple of hope,” and a legacy of compassion and caring for others to follow. Recognizing that the mission of The MENTOR Network could not be fulfilled without partnerships, 2013 marked the first time that The MENTOR Network honored an external party with a Ripple of Hope Award.
The award’s name echoes words spoken by the late United States Senator Robert F. Kennedy in his 1966 address at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, during the height of Apartheid:
“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
Learn about all of our Ripple of Hope Award winners from previous years below.