30 minutes a week can make all of the difference.
High school graduation is a powerful predictor of a young person's future success, and research shows that students who don't read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma.
Every school year, we pair more than 400 Grand Rapids Public Schools students who are behind in reading with Volunteer Reading Tutors who work one-on-one with them for 30 minutes each week.
become a volunteer
Volunteer Reading Tutors are trained and matched to a student by our Volunteer Center staff. A typical tutoring session includes five minutes of vocabulary review, twenty minutes of reading, and a five minute activity. Many volunteers can fit a tutoring session in their lunch hour! Learn more about volunteering as an individual, with your coworkers, or adopting a school.
stuff the bus
Every fall, we collect elementary school supplies for children in the Schools of Hope Reading Program to make sure our students are starting the school year ready to learn. In 2015, we collected 11,596 items with a total value of $15,765! Check out photos of the collection and some of our generous volunteers!