Founder & Executive Director
In 2018, Ms. Molin started Hamptons Art Camp, a summer camp for children from varied socioeconomic backgrounds. The camp has been a huge success and will open its doors for the 4th time summer of 2021.
At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Molin saw that people were going hungry, which led her to raise more than $300,000 that was used to provide thousands of pounds of fresh produce and cooked meals. HCO has for the past year delivered groceries and medical supplies to more than 150 local households in need and continues to do so.
Ms. Molin is a licensed social worker and runs a mental health program for underserved individuals, as well as a tutoring program for underserved children.
Ms. Molin has also started a social media kindness movement called #ICARE❤️, which fundraises to meet the needs of low income families in crisis situations.
Ms. Molin is the leader of Girl Scout Troop #642, which consist of 11 girls that live on the Shinnecock Reservation. Ms. Molin has been awarded the Outstanding Leader award for three consecutive years by the Suffolk County Girl Scout Council.
She lives in Water Mill with her husband and two children. Ms. Molin holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Advanced Social Work from Columbia University and a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from NYU.
Program and Communication Director
Ms. Peterson is an educator and curriculum developer with twenty years of experience. In 2019 she launched Learning Our World, an educational travel planning service for families. Ms. Peterson is in charge of communications, programming and website content for Hamptons Community Outreach. Ms. Peterson holds a Master's Degree in Education from NYU with a specialization in early childhood k-5, and is currently working on her MSW at Columbia School of Social Work.
Ms. Peterson lives in New York City with her husband and two children and feels passionate about changing the trajectories for underserved children.
Art and Curriculum Director
Virva Hinnemo, a native of Finland and Sweden, has been painting and teaching art on Long Island for the past eight years. Virva is currently represented by Anita Rogers Gallery in New York City. She works as a visiting artist in the East Hampton public school system and for nonprofits such as Guild Hall, The Parrish Museum and Wave Hill. She has created numerous unique workshops for Project Most after school program and was in charge of the children’s summer camp at the Art Barge for the past three years. In 2019 Ms. Hinnemo was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Grant in honor of her active and long career as an artist. Ms. Hinnemo teaches art at Hamptons Art Camp' summer program as well as weekend workshops.
Chuck MacWhinnie was born on Long Island and went to schools in Freeport, Sayville, and Southampton. He attended Long Island University, and then joined the United States Air Force doing specialty work during the Vietnam war. After he was honorably discharged he began working for Verizon. He spent 30 years at Verizon, including 15 years as manager. After retiring, he started restoring homes and working in the classic car field. After a chance meeting with Marit Molin, he volunteered for Hampton’s Art Camp in 2019 and has been with Hampton’s Art Camp/Hamptons Community Outreach ever since. Chuck has a passion for helping people in need and continues to support the organization across many programs on a full time basis. Chuck is married with three children and four grandchildren.