Our Mission & Vision


We believe that youth are the future change makers.

The incredible thing about Hugs is that we are not only impacting the lives of children outside of the United States. We are inspiring students right here in our own backyard to look beyond themselves and recognize a world that is in dire need.
— Joel Bervell, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer

Our Mission

The mission of Hugs for is to empower students in the United States to share love, hope, and confidence with children in impoverished countries so that they can have the ability to make positive contributions in their own communities. 

Led by a committed group of students, the organization strives to impact communities around the world by using youth to reach other youth. We believe young people are the most powerful catalysts of social change. By empowering volunteers, positive contributions can be made to communities. Through a donation or benefiting from an original Hugs project, children become positively impacted and encouraged.


Our Vision

Hugs for is an entirely student-led 501(c)3 organization dedicated to supporting and encouraging children worldwide through creative grassroots projects and collected gift item donations. 

The organization specifically targets children in villages, hospitals, schools, orphanages, children's homes, and other child-related areas in impoverished nations. 

Hugs believes in the power of students and youth to effect positive change in their communities and in the world.

Our vision is that members will develop and implement programs that benefit communities so that both children and volunteers may be empowered to reach their full potential as global leaders and change makers.