One church, one school, one hour a week. Kids Hope USA, an outreach ministry of our Care Center, believes that it can make all the difference in the life of an at-risk student. You can be someone who helps make it possible.
Kids Hope matches volunteer mentors from Willow Creek with at-risk kids from our neighboring schools in order to provide positive, one-on-one attention from a responsible, caring adult. Mentors spend one hour per week—usually the child’s lunch hour—at school with the student, listening, talking, and just letting them know they are valued.
“One of the things I love about working with Kids Hope is that you’re paired with one student,” says Joy Stengel, a Willow volunteer who serves as a mentor at Lakeview Elementary School in Hoffman Estates. “Students will ask, ‘What other kids do you see at my school,’ and the mentor will say, ‘I’m only here for you.’ It makes them feel so special. They can’t wait to come and share things with you.”
“Some students really love and need help with their academics,” says Joy. “Other mentors take their students to the gym and shoot hoops while they talk. Our volunteers are different ages—men, women, professionals on their lunch hour, and retirees who have time during the day to contribute to the life of a student. It’s a wonderful thing.”
Willow is making a huge impact, partnering with nine schools throughout the area. We need more volunteers to help grow our great work.
To share the vision of Kids Hope, an informational meeting will be held from 6:15-7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27 in the hospitality room at Willow’s Care Center. The meeting will explain how Kids Hope works, how it connects to the Care Center strategy, and the impact it can make in a child’s life. All are welcome to attend.
“Having a mentor can change the trajectory of a child’s life,” says Kellye Fabian, who oversees the relationship between Willow and Kids Hope. “The kids we mentor are used to being pushed aside and never being the center of anyone’s attention. Through Kids Hope and its partnership with Willow, we are able to provide kids with the opportunity to have the full attention of a caring adult.
Contact us to learn more about Kids Hope and the August 27 informational meeting.