You can make a difference!

Get involved and make a difference in the lives of children in Geauga County. Addressing the special needs of our community’s most vulnerable children takes money. You can be a champion for this worthy cause by making a tax deductible donation to Hope for Kids Geauga. Your generosity to our mission will make a significant difference in the life of a child. 

  • Donate
  • Help Spread awareness
  • Attend a Fundraiser  
  • Nominate a High School student for the Chip Henry Civic Award (See Home Page link)

The Problem…

Geauga County continues to see the effects of parents addicted to Heroin and other seriously addictive substances. Challenges such as job insecurity, divorce, abuse and neglect are threatening family stability in ways unparalleled in recent years. Children in these homes are affected emotionally, socially, academically and physically.  Record numbers of children must be removed from their homes because of the debilitating nature of opiate / heroin addiction. The statistics are staggering and unfortunate.

Hope for Kids Geauga needs your help to make a positive impact on the innocent children whose lives have been touched by great difficulty. Childhood has given way to survival without the experiences and opportunities that help a child develop normally. Summer camp, tutoring, music lessons, swim lessons and more are only distant dreams for many children in our community. We are committed to reaching out to give hope to kids tomorrow, who are unable to see beyond hurt and fear today.

Chip Henry Civic Award 2017

Judge Charles “Chip” HenryNominations due April 10, 2017.

Nominations due April 10, 2017.
This award honors high school students of admirable character. Nominations are now being accepted for the fifth annual “Chip Henry Civic Award,” sponsored by Hope For Kids Geauga and the Chip Henry family. Chip Henry was the Geauga County Juvenile Judge from 1992 until his death in 2011. The annual civic award has been established to honor the role Chip Henry played in the development of responsible youth in Geauga County. This award will recognize a deserving high school student with the values Chip Henry was known for including integrity, commitment to community, selfless service to those in need, humility and character that influences others for good.

Open to Geauga county residents in high school. Nominations are by application only and must be submitted by April 10, 2017.  There are several options to submit a nomination.

Option 1: Download this editable Word document and email to:


Option 2: Fill out the form below.

About The Chip Henry Civic Award

A highly respected judge, Chip Henry was a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, a big brother in the Big Brother/Big Sister program, volunteered with Geauga Home Delivered Meals, coached youth and served wherever he could help those in need, whether it was a senior citizen needing windows washed, or a troubled teen searching for advice. The community of Geauga County was, in essence, Chip’s extended family and he made every effort to share his love for people and nature in very positive and memorable ways.

Chip Henry Civic Award winner will be selected by two Board members from HopeFor Kids/Geauga along with a Henry family member and a close family friend. Award presentations will be at the winner’s high school awards ceremony. Both the Henry’s and the HopeForKids/Geauga Board ask that you spread the word about the award and nominate people who deserve this recognition.

Judge Henry started the CASA program in Geauga County in 1997 to train volunteer advocates to represent the best interests of children involved in the court system as a result of abuse and neglect. The Friends of CASA for Kids Board raised money for those kids to have opportunities such as music lessons, tutoring and summer camping. The needs of the youth in Geauga County continue to grow. In January of 2017, Friends of CASA for Kids became Hope for Kids Geauga to expand its scope, offering aid and opportunity to kids in need through multiple agencies who serve the growing at-risk population. 

2017 Chip Henry Civic Award Nomination Application
Finalists will be asked to meet for an informal interview.
Nominator Contact Info
What is your relationship to the Nominee
Please describe why you are nominating this person.
What character traits do you admire most in the Nominee? Why?
Please add anything you would like the committee to know about your Nominee.