The Hotes Foundation
The Hotes Foundation™ is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that does not accept donations.
Our focus is simple: more volunteers with us, serving the poorest of the poor.
Change “giving” to “going.”
Over the past 12 years, the Hotes Foundation has performed 45 missions in more than 10 countries, including: Pakistan, Peru, Mexico, Bangladesh, Philippines, Taiwan, Haiti, Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.
Every mission is funded entirely by the Hotes Foundation through the founder’s (Richard W.Hotes) personal contributions.
The poor will remain poor unless YOU personally go and deliver relief to them.
For more information on volunteering for mission trips, please contact us.
TOTAL WORLD POPULATION
WORLD POPULATION IN POVERTY (Less than $2.50 USD / Day)
POVERTY RELATED DEATHS THIS YEAR
- NEW YORK 9/11While much of the world watched in horror as terrorists attacked the United States of America on Sep … learn more
- MISSISSIPPIHurricane Katrina rocked the Gulf Coast in 2005, becoming one of the five deadliest hurricanes ever … learn more
- PAKISTANPakistanis living in the remote northern mountains of Kashmir were trapped without food, water, or s … learn more
- PERUHotes Foundation volunteers traveled to Peru in 2007 when a magnitude 8.0 earthquake killed more tha … learn more
- MEXICOHurricane Dean smashed into Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula in August 2007, pummeling the region 165 mph … learn more
- BANGLADESHCyclone Sidr tore through Southeast Bangladesh in November 2007, lashing affected areas with winds o … learn more
- ITALYHotes Foundation volunteers rushed to L’Aquila, Italy, in 2009 when more than 300 people were killed … learn more
- TAIWANRichard Hotes believes that going to where you’re needed — not simply giving money to worthy causes … learn more
- APPALACHIAHotes Foundation volunteers strive to make a positive difference in the lives of the poorest of the … learn more
- HAITIRichard Hotes trains Hotes Foundation volunteers to respond quickly when natural disasters and other … learn more
- KENYA / SOMALIAIn September 2011, the Hotes Foundation responded to an ongoing humanitarian crisis in Africa by pro … learn more
- NEW YORK SANDYThe story of Superstorm Sandy disaster relief in New York exemplifies Hotes Foundation founder Richa … learn more
- TRACK CHAIRSAlthough the primary focus of Richard Hotes and the Hotes Foundation has been serving the poorest of … learn more
- PHILIPPINESThe strongest tropical storm in recorded history smashed into the Philippines on November 8, 2013. T … learn more
- OSO MUDSLIDEOn March 24, 2014, rain fell on Oso, Washington, as Hotes Foundation volunteers arrived to provide d … learn more
MEET & INTERACT WITH THE
Hotes Foundation Volunteers
Alaska Structures Inc. founder Richard W. Hotes grew up in Anchorage, a place where he learned the value of hard work. As a youth, Richard hauled water, buried sewage and hunted for food for his five siblings and parents. Although he did not realize it at the time, Richard’s willingness to get his hands dirty to make life better for others would become one of the central foundations of his life. …Learn more about Richard W. Hotes...
Carolyn Bishop grew up in a small town in Eastern Washington and didn'texperience a "big city" until she attended the University of Washington in Seattle. Carolyn graduated from U.W. with a bachelor’s degree in International Political Economy. Later, she earned a master’s degree in Transatlantic Studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Carolyn’s knowledge of international re …Learn more about Carolyn Bishop...
Matt Triplett joined Alaska Structures in 2005. Shortly after being hired, he volunteered with the Hotes Foundation to provide relief to survivors of Hurricane Katrina in Waveland, Mississippi. Matt’s ability to direct relief operations was quickly noticed by the Hotes Foundation’s leadership team, earning him more responsibility on every mission that has followed. Matt has led relief operation …Learn more about Matthew Triplett...
Heath Abbate joined Alaska Structures as Chief Information Officer in February 2012 and became a Hotes Foundation volunteer the same year. During his first relief mission, Heath helped rebuild homes in New York in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. He also traveled to the Philippines in 2013 after Typhoon Haiyan struck. Although he grew up in a military family and lived in several countries, Heath sa …Learn more about Heath Abbate...
Tish Jurica is a Texas A&M University alumna with bachelor’s degree in Communications. Shortly after graduating, she was hired to lead the business development and marketing team at Alaska Structures. Tish applied several times to be a Hotes Foundation volunteer before being chosen for a major international relief mission to help Filipino victims of Typhoon Ketsana, known as Tropical Storm Ondoy i …Learn more about Tish Jurica...
READ ABOUT THE
Hotes Foundation In The News
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"Marines depart Philippine town devastated by typhoon" - Stars and Stripes, November 23, 2013
"A Certain Kind of Happy: Kindness is Contagious" - Harmony Wishes - Blog, February 11, 2013
"Infusion of help, hope to villagers in Pakistan" - The Seattle Times, August 27, 2006
"Embracing a sister village in need" - The Seattle Times, December 18, 2005
"Haitian volunteers repay Staten Island with good deeds" - Staten Island Live, February 18, 2013
"SI (Staten Island) Borough President Provides Update On QuickStart Program" - Time Warner Cable News, New York City, Staten Island, February 15, 2013
"Haitians help to rebuild Staten Island after Sandy" - CBS News, February 9, 2013
"The holidays are a joyous time of year for many of us, but also a glaring reminder about those less fortunate who may not have the means to celebrate the same way. This season, share the holiday spirit with those who need it most by focusing on giving rather than receiving. Not only will you move to the top of Santa’s ‘nice’ list, but you’ll make someone’s holiday season brighter. The Hotes Foundation is dedicated to giving, but in an active form. We follow a new model for philanthropy that encourages doing rather than donating. Our focus is simple—to change ‘giving’ to ‘going.’ Anyone can passively give without knowing how the money or donation will actually be used. When one actively goes to volunteer, goes to deliver a donation, goes to the place of need, a charitable act has reached full completion. To go rather than give is to see a donation implemented from start to finish. This year we are recognizing those who actively give back to their communities with a ‘Hawaiian Turkey Giveaway.’ We’re calling all participants to record themselves performing a charitable act and post the video to our Facebook page. If 1,000 videos are submitted before the December 24th deadline, we will select the best footage and give the winner a trip for two to Hawaii (includes hotel accommodations for three nights and airfare)! Click here for official rules. If Santa Claus can go to every child’s house in one night, you can definitely go rather than give this holiday season. For those who lack the resources to donate, giving your time and energy is a sustainable alternative to money. The Hotes Foundation provides those in need with active volunteers to some of the poorest areas of the world, rather than collecting money that may never reach the subjects of donation. You don’t have to travel around the globe to help—there is plenty of need in your own community. Check out the awesome ‘Hawaiian Turkey Giveaway’ video submissions thus far, and keep up the good deeds! Buying Food for a Homeless Man in International District Donating Turkeys for Charity Giving Thanksgiving Dinner: Part 1 Giving Thanksgiving Dinner: Part 2 " - ‘Tis the Season to change ‘Giving’ to ‘Going’, December 18, 2014