30 minutes a week can make all of the difference.

Schools of Hope is a partnership between United Way and Grand Rapids Public Schools that connects community members with elementary schools to help tutor children who are behind in reading. We train tutors to work one-on-one with students in first to third grades. Tutors can choose between 14 elementary schools and spend 30 minutes a week with a student at that site. Tutors can also share a student, alternating weeks with a coworker to help with any time commitment issues or constraint.

volunteers are the heart of School of Hope

Volunteering in Schools of Hope is easy, and tutors can make a big difference! Making sure that a child is reading at grade level by 3rd grade is very important to their success in school and beyond. Proficiency has implications on whether a child will graduate from high school, whether they will be employed, poverty levels, and so much more.

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!