Delaware North Companies Announces Significant Commitment to HOPE Crews at Gettysburg Summit

This past week at the Aspen Institute's Gettysburg Summit on National Service, Delaware North Companies Principal, Jerry Jacobs Jr., in partnership with Stephanie Meeks, President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, announced a $3 million commitment to additional HOPE Crew projects.

This announcement follows a successful HOPE Crew pilot project in Shenandoah National Park, where a crew from Harpers Ferry Job Corps in collaboration with Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia restored the historic Skyland Stables. The project was recently featured on PBS Newshour, and also according to HOPE Crew partners resulted in cost savings of 25% when compared to what it would have cost for the park to work with a traditional contractor to restore the Stables.

Most of the new Delaware North funded HOPE Crew projects will take place in Kings Canyon, Yellowstone, Olympic, and Shenandoah National Parks.

"Delaware North Companies should be applauded for continuing to support the HOPE Crew initiative with such a substantial and meaningful commitment," said Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President and CEO of The Corps Network. "Combined with the other HOPE Crew projects that have recently occured and will also soon get under way in places including New Mexico, New Jersey, Montana, and Virginia, there is already significant proof that these partnerships yield cost-effective training for youth to gain historic preservation skills, while also getting meaningful projects done that Americans can appreciate."