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Hough Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization


Our Board of Directors

John Laughlin
Stein Distributing Inc.

Vice Chaiperson
Ted Gathe
City of Vancouver

Robin Bradford
Realvest Corporation

Paul Christensen
Realvest Corp.

Erin Dixon
Hough Elementary

Bill Hibbs
Clark Public Utilities

Trina Latshaw
Squires Electric

Mina Milligan
Hough Elementary

Kim Meadors
Juliano’s Pizzeria

Roy Heikkala
Rite Menter Investments

David Smith
Hough Neighborhood

Eva Unger
Hough Elementary

Executive Director
Barbara Hammon



Who We Are

Hough Foundation partners with philanthropic, business, civic, academic, and faith partners to provide Hough Elementary students, their families and the Hough Community continuing opportunities for scholastic, physical, and social growth. We provide early access to the tools needed for a healthy community that lays the groundwork for improving the lives of children and families.

A healthy community is created one neighborhood and one school at a time. The Hough Foundation provides a model for how strengthening partnerships can benefit children and families today and into the future.

What We Do

Hough Foundation was established in 1992 by Vancouver businessman and former Hough student, Paul Christensen, to provide support to programs and projects that would enhance the Hough Neighborhood and Hough Elementary School.

A Director manages the Family Service Center at Hough Elementary School. The Director connects with highly qualified volunteers to assist in classrooms, projects as needed by staff, helping with Hough Foundation events, in the after school enrichment programs and as Lunch Buddies.

The Family Service Center also provides a Clothes Closet (clothing, coats and shoes)  for children in need of warm, appropriate clothes as well as facilitating the Back PackSnack program and  providing additional food as needed by families to meet their needs.

Thousands of children have received clothing, school supplies and food through the Family Service Center.  Over the years, thousands of children have benefitted from the Hough Music programs which include both  Glee and Escola de Samba (Brazilian-style drumming).

Hough families in need of holiday help turn to the Hough Family Service Center for food and gifts.  We are able to partner with caring individuals, faith partners, service groups and businesses to provide this help.

More than half of Hough Elementary students receive direct services from the Family Service Center each year.

Approximately 300 registered volunteers spend over 10,000 hours each year helping students in the classroom, assisting teachers and staff, participating in fundraisers and providing critical resources to Hough Foundation’s programs.



1993 The First Annual Paddy Hough Parade for the Hough Neighborhood and the City of Vancouver.
1997 Hough Pool is open to the public adjacent to Hough School.
1998 Hough Foundation Choir is formed and provides music appreciation and performance in an after-school program.
2003 A Lunch Buddy Program is established in partnership with the Vancouver Rotary. Today, over sixty students benefit from a weekly lunch date with a caring adult.  A Pool Pal Scholarship Program is established to allow donors to sponsor individual children and their families to swimming lessons and open swim.
2005 Hough Pool establishes its first Swim Team which meets three times a week.
2006 A Family Services Coordinator is hired to assist families in crisis and provide early intervention for students.
2010 Hough Pool Closes. A commission of community leaders and Hough neighbors convenes to plan for future uses of the Hough Pool building in order to serve needs of Hough students, Hough neighborhood as well as a greater number of Clark County residents.Hough Youth Escola de Samba is formed  to expand the Baterista drum corp to include movement & percussion. Hough Music Program opens to Home Connections, Vancouver Public School’s home schooling program.


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