When you meet Bill Hutchinson, Faces without Places is one of the first topics he is going to want to discuss. Bill has been affiliated with Faces without Places nearly as long as the organization has been around and has been an instrumental player from the minute he walked through our doors. Bill is continually working to foster new relationships and connections between the community and Faces without Places and is a true advocate for children experiencing homelessness.
In 2001, Bill served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for FwP and created the Change 4 Change program, which sends speakers into classrooms to discuss issues of childhood homelessness with school-age children. In addition, Bill worked to have the city of Cincinnati name a day in honor of children experiencing homelessness. After Bill’s time as a VISTA, he served eight years on the FwP board and continued to make connections and foster relationships within the community. In 2010, Bill was awarded the John E. Pepper Award for Outstanding Volunteer in Public Education for Cincinnati Public Schools for his work with Faces without Places.
Bill believes the most powerful thing that FwP does is provide the tools and transportation that children experiencing homelessness need to attend and succeed in school. Bill is convinced that education is essential for all children to succeed and that an educated population of children would solve many of our nation’s issues.
Bill’s favorite part of volunteering with Faces without Places is working with a dedicated staff that works hard to meet the needs of children experiencing homelessness. Bill explains that it is the impact the staff makes on the lives of children experiencing homelessness that motivates him to do more for the organization.