All in 220: Ashley & Courtney Quigley (BHS '14)
During their junior year at Barrington High School, twin sisters Ashley and Courtney Quigley (BHS ‘14) started a non-profit organization called Hope’s In. Based in Barrington, the organization aims to empower impoverished families living in Guatemala City.
Their passion for helping others began at the age of 12 when they volunteered to build playgrounds in Guatemala. “Our family has been doing international service work since we were 10 years old, so we developed a strong passion for serving and empowering others throughout our childhood,” the sisters said.
On one trip to Guatemala, they met a young girl named Monica and became passionate about building a home for her and her three sisters. They decided to do a local fashion show fundraiser with their friends in Barrington and ended up doubling their fundraising goal. The Hope’s In Style fashion show is now an annual event that involves hundreds of high school students, engages the local community, and celebrates hope.
“Over the past 11 years we have also developed five other programs in addition to homebuilding to help families locally and in Guatemala,” Ashley said.
One of those programs is Hope’s In Academy, a humanitarian leadership development program for Barrington 220 students. Throughout the program, students learn about nonprofit organization management, social advocacy, and even complete a service project as a team. In addition, in 2021 Hope’s In launched a young adult intern program through the generosity of a Barrington Area Community Foundation grant. The interns in this program are adults in their early 20s who have disabilities and who have aged out of the school system.
Through all their initiatives Ashley and Courtney say the school district has played an integral role.
“Barrington 220 had a huge impact on our development, not only academically, but also personally,” the sisters said“We found the community to be extremely welcoming and supportive of our work both locally and globally in Guatemala. Faculty and community members always encouraged us to continue growing Hope’s In and provided different resources to help us do so.”