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 hundreds of public school students who are behind in reading with Volunteer Reading Tutors who work one-on-one with them for 30 minutes each week.

volunteers are the heart of School of Hope

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 easily fit a tutoring session in their lunch hour! Learn more about volunteering as an individual, with your coworkers, or adopting a school. 

It’s the highlight of my week! It’s a reminder that we are part of the bigger community, and we should be giving back.
— Lauri Atkinson, Schools of Hope volunteer

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 2016, we collected 39,087 items with a total value of $48,882! Check out photos of the collection and some of our generous volunteers!