In 1994, the Hudson Charitable Trust Fund was established. For the first five years, the Trust focused on supporting children and families through various means that included donating screening equipment for hearing tests, and by providing computers and peripherals to expand educational horizons. However, in 1999 an opportunity presented itself that would leave an indelible mark on the hearts of the Trust’s Board of Directors. After facilitating the adoption of an international child with a local couple, the future directive was clear. During the next five years, the Trust helped seventeen children find their way into the arms of their new loving families.
We believe that any efforts to strengthen a family are efforts that strengthen the community. While all children need and deserve to be part of a family, the future for children with special needs is exceptionally bleak as time can pass them by in an institution. Yet living among us are extraordinary couples that are undaunted by the parenting challenges these children present. For that reason, a top priority of the Trust continues to be to help families unite by supporting the adoption, either domestically or internationally, of special needs children.
In addition to the Hudson Charitable Trust, the Hudson Companies leadership and partners, have continued to provide ongoing community commitment and service through local support and fundraising for community organizations. Hudson Companies and it’s partners have continued to support entrepreneurial advancement through the eCenter at Linden Pointe, Thiel College, The University of Pittsburgh’s Blast Furnace Entrepreneurial Program, Hickory High School’s Student Technology Education program and various other programs, The F.H. Buhl Club, The Harrisburg Camp Curtain YMCA, and numerous other community focused fundraising efforts and foundations.