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Homework Hotline

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Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Hot Lines & Crisis Intervention, Mental Health, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Homework Hotline provides one-on-one free tutoring by phone to Middle Tennessee students and parents.  With Homework Hotline, students tackle new concepts, complete challenging homework, and gain academic skills.

Target demographics: struggling students.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 7000 children

Geographic areas served: Tennessee

Programs: Homework Hotline provides free tutoring by phone. Call It Reading provides free reading remediation for non-reading or low reading third grade students. Hola Hotline offers free tutoring in Spanish, English, Somali, Swahili, Arabic, and Kurdish. Volunteer Crew are high school students who volunteer at Hotline and receive mentoring with college essays and applications and a $1000 scholarship.

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18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Homework Hotline makes the most efficient use of funds of almost any nonprofit I've encountered. They employ extremely competent and caring administrative staff and teachers to answer the phone. They have a track record of excellence in service to students, with the longevity to prove it. For as long as there is homework, Homework Hotline will be helping students in our community to achieve. I have enjoyed my service as a board member, primarily because staff is such a pleasure to work with, and the board is stacked with talented and dedicated community members.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was approached earlier this year to consider serving on the board of Homework Hotline. All it took was one visit to an after-school session to see firsthand the great work being done by teachers and volunteers AFTER their "day job" for me to say yes. The level of commitment and benefit to the students is tangible.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

My connection both up close and remotely goes a long way back. My father-in-law was on the board when it was still establishing itself in the mid 90's. Fast forward about 15 years and I was contacted by the director for some professional services with my company. She had been referred to me by my father-in-law and I learned a little about what Homework Hotline did. At that time, I didn't give it much thought and forgot about it for about another year or 18 months. It was when I was in an office supply store that I ran into the director again and it quickly hit me how passionate the organization and her, the director, were about helping kids. She was loading up shopping carts full of school supplies to have on hand as give-aways/rewards to the students the worked with. When I approached her and she remembered who I was, I offered to purchase the entire cart of supplies as a donation to the organization. The director then told me she still had a few other stores she was scheduled to visit but they were not near by. One was 40 miles away but it would not deter her from getting the best things she could for her students. When I say "her students" I mean she treats these anonymous kids on the other end of the phone as if they were her children. She and the rest of the organization make unbelievable sacrifices and efforts above and beyond the call of duty to give the kids they interact with the absolute best they can offer.

This sense of purpose and passion led to my interest in being on the board of directors and establishing a corporate sponsorship. Having spent a couple of years on the board, I can say even more today that I am proud to be on the board of such a wonderful organization. The good of the children they serve comes before anything else. The sacrifices made both personally and professionally that the director, teachers/tutors, assistants, and volunteers is amazing. I see far more of my money making it to the kids than I could have even imagines. In a world now with many bloated admin budgets for non-profits, they are doing it the way it should be done.

Give to Homework Hotline and you will never regret a single dime.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really enjoyed volunteering at Homework Hotline. This is a great community built around helping students. The teachers, staff, and volunteers make every child feel loved. Through Homework Hotline, I not only helped students with their homework issues, but the organization also helped me feel empowered and confident in my ability to make a difference. Thank you for the experience, keep up the great work!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Homework Hotline is an outstanding nonprofit which provides one-on-one assistance to struggling students. The employees are certified teachers who specialize in most every subject area and several different languages. The students who call in are generally polite and respectful. Homework Hotline is equipping students for success!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Abel Yosef and I graduated from Hillwood High School last year. For two years, I volunteered with Homework Hotline. Through that experience, I learned to better myself through the helping of others. I am proud to have provided tutoring services to children and their parents who called asking for homework help. I also commend Homework Hotline for providing this service. This service is very crucial for students who strive to learn and understand concepts in class but have difficulties and require help. I can tell you firsthand that all of the volunteers and teachers staffed at Homework Hotline are always really professional, helpful, and strive to do their best to help each and every caller to the best of their abilities.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Homework Hotline has and ia a valuable resource for Robertson County Schools for several years. It is a resource for our students to receive instruction in acadamic areas that they might not otherwise have access to. The Homework Hotline has provided Robertson County students with a great service.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi, my name is Sina and I attend Hume-Fogg High School. During the year I try my best to volunteer after school as many time I can. I love helping in any way I possible. I love the positive atmostphere and the children's thrive to succeed. The students have a chance to get special attention while the teacher gets the fullfilment of helping the future leaders of our Country. I'm more than happy to be part of such fine and unmatched project.

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Homework Hotline is fantastic. I wish I had one when I was growing up! It gives children who want to learn a chance to excel.

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

5 stars! This is an incredible non profit organization. As a volunteer, I was able to see first hand the difference this organization is making in the lives of school children in Middle Tennessee. The phone rings non stop with math problems, science problems, reading and writing from children who may not have a parent at home to assist with homework. We even get calls from parents who need help! Homework Hotline provides free tutoring (not answer giving!) to children who need help outside of the classroom. I am proud to support this organization and know they are truly making a difference one child at a time.

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love visiting the Homework Hotline office in the evening when teachers and volunteers are in action. As soon as a teacher finishes one call for homework assistance, the phone rings again. It is non-stop action. What’s more important is the way Homework Hotline teachers work with students. They take time to be sure students understand concepts and master new understandings. The teachers communicate that they care about learning and the student on the other end of the phone. Homework Hotline has done more than most in our community to remove language barriers. I appreciate the respect they offer each caller.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Homework Hotline is helping thousands of children in Middle Tennessee achieve mastery of their courses. I am personally committed to this program because I have witnessed the daily experience of our teachers as they help individual students navigate through those subjects that are giving them problems. Because of crowded classrooms most students do not get the one-on-one attention they may need and Homework Hotline fills that gap to help children succeed in school.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Homework Hotline was a wonderful experience for all those involved. I was a student volunteer, and I was welcomed with open arms by all of the teachers and staff. The atmosphere at Homework Hotline is comforting and amicable. You can really tell the all the teachers really care about those students who call in, and you can see that they're giving all of their effort to help them. It made me a student volunteer want to do all that I could to help those child, and the satisfaction that I got from helping out was heart warming. I have now graduated high school and will no longer be able to volunteer, but I hope one day in the future I will be able to work with Wendy and everyone else again.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

homework hotline is one of the best places you could be. They let you help another child and you feel empowered. I am a teenager and i got to help HH and that was one of the best expericenes of my life. I love homework Hotline I can even get help. They are very cool and awesome people. They are nice and someone you would want to associate with. Thanks Homework Hotline For brighting up a child's life as well as mine.:)

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Homework Hotline, comprised of a team of veteran teachers and other education professionals, provides a much-needed service to thousands of students each year.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Such a great resource for kids, especially those who's parents may not speak English, or are not well educated. With Homework Hotline, every child has an equal opportunity to succeed despite of the help available in their own homes.

10

Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolutely the most effective help a student could have outside of school. This program should be beter funded and expanded.

11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a well run organization that does a lot of work on a very small budget. Last year provided one-on-one free tutoring by phone to more than 25,000 students or parents. They do it all in seven languages.