Mentor Mondays – Organization Leadership

(New Philadelphia, Ohio) – “To accomplish great things we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe.” – Anatole France

“Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio is a National Non-Profit organization whose goal is to change and save lives of children facing adversity through one on one mentoring in schools and throughout communities and many places between,” explained board member Harry Hopson, who serves as the organization’s Treasurer on the board.

Hopson has been a BBBS board member since February 2015 after being approached by board members at that time. “Then went into detail about the organization and gave me stories and statistics on Littles,” Hopson explained. “After that, I knew I had to be involved and try and help in any way that I could so that I could try and make a difference.” 

As Hopson was making the decision to move forward with the organization, he explained he was inspired by a quote by Anatole France, “To accomplish great things we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe.”

Hopson is born and raised in Tuscarawas County and attended Dover City Schools and Malone University. He has worked as an inside sales coordinator for the Central US at Allied Machine & Engineering for more than 20 years.

Hopson explained that he comes from a split home and was raised by “an amazing, strong monther,” who sadly passed away a few years ago. Also in the home was his stepfather. Hopson is the middle child with an older and a younger sister. “They are very dear to me and I’m so lucky to have Melinda and Catherine. They have so many of our mother’s great qualities, values, and traits. Not to mention her strength and empathy for the less fortunate,” he added.

Hopson acknowledged his mother for inspiring his empathy, which allows him to feel so strongly about the kids in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. He also has two children, 11-year-old Madelyn, and 15-year-old Aiden. “I try and instill the things my mother has taught me in them.”

Hopson noted that serving the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization does so much for him as well as the kids the organization works with. “Being on the board and hearing about what some of these kids go through on a daily basis pulls on my heartstrings. But, knowing that you can help them have a higher quality of life and a better chance at leading a productive, successful life is rewarding in itself.”

He strongly encouraged anyone that has ever considered becoming more involved with the organization to stop waiting. “Come participate in a local event and interact with some of the kids and hear some of their testimonies. Come help us change a kids life for the better.”

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