CMPD HOPE was founded on November 12th, 2007 by Vicki Foster, Deputy Chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
In her own words, CMPD HOPE was founded because:
"CMPD HOPE is a non-profit orgainization that I started as a result of an incident in my career where I felt helpless. I was the Captain of a division when one of my officers contracted a deadly disease and suddenly passed away. He was a young officer and had no kids, his parents were deceased and he was not married. For the most part, we were his family. I remember tying to collect money on the day of the funeral to pay the organist for his services. I couldn't believe that I didn't have time to mourn for him because I had to ensure the financial demands were taken care of for the services.
I remember thinking that day I will never go through this again. I wanted to ensure that when something catastrophic happened, CMPD employees had a resource to go to for financial assistance. I started CMPD HOPE and shortly thereafter asked an informal group called the Blue Lights of Hope that helped officers with small financial needs to join me. Together, I named the organization CMPD HOPE. HOPE stands for "Helping our Personnel in Emergencies". This organization is meaningful to me because I want to ensure that as an organization we have the ability to take care of our own in their time of need."
CMPD HOPE Board of Directors
Chairperson- Vicki Foster
Vice Chair-Karl Bannerman
Co-Treasurer-Angela (Redfern) Powers
Fundraising Coordinator-Jim Weaving
Intake Coordinator-Steve Huber
Donate to CMPD HOPE
Your donation will assist CMPD employees and their familes in time of need and also support the Steven Furr Memorial College Scholarship