Connecting People with Purpose - Celebrating 50 Years of Volunteering


Students tend to drop out of high school in grade 9, and those who leave high school early are 72% more likely to be unemployed than those who graduate. I want you to meet two young people who are helping to solve this problem. They volunteer as tutors at HOSC's afterschool program CHiL. Despite their busy schedules, these high school students carve out an hour a week to show at-risk middle school kids what it takes to succeed in high school and beyond.

CHiL was founded in 2011 to prevent at-risk youth from joining gangs, offering those students a supportive and structured environment after school. Tutors provide afterschool homework assistance and social and emotional learning activities at  Community Consolidated School District 21's middle schools:  C ooper,  H olmes, and  L ondon.  

Read about Sunny and Nick below. In the months to come we will continue to highlight programs and volunteers  as well others who have contributed to the success of HOSC.

Sincerely ,
Jordan Friedman
Executive Director, HOSC  

Meet CHiL Tutors Sunny and Nick

Sunny Sahu and Nick Nocita are two of the many high school-aged tutors who regularly meet with local at-risk middle schoolers to provide help with homework, math concepts, character building, and anything else that is related to school.  Nick and Sunny both encourage their school friends to volunteer at CHiL. 

Sunny Sahu, CHiL tutor
at Cooper

Sunny, a junior at Rolling Meadows High School, started volunteering two years ago to accrue service hours but quickly realized how much he enjoyed working with his students. It is thrilling to him when the  students succeed and understand a concept.
Nick Nocita, CHiL tutor
at Holmes

Nick, a senior at Hersey High School, has been a tutor for a year and a half. He focuses on specific math concepts, such as fractions, with his kids. He enjoys talking with them about topics like conflict resolution and bullying. 
CHiL Makes a Difference!
  • 70% of tutored students received satisfactory grades.
  • 79% of tutored students met IL Social and Emotional Learning Standards.
  • 97% of tutored students achieved satisfactory school attendance.
F Y 2017-18 data
Thanks For The Memories 
A Volunteer's Story - Nancy Middleton

When I moved back to the Midwest in 1993, I wanted to have more of a balance in my life and volunteering afforded me that potential opportunity. Shortly after moving to the Northwest suburbs, I somehow came across this wonderful association that was like an umbrella to volunteer organizations within the area. The individual I spoke with was friendly, asked me what I might be interested in, and suggested volunteering on Saturdays with NWSRA working with children with autism. I did that for about 3-4 years and then moved on to other volunteer work. 

My husband and I led teams for at least 12 years for the Community Paint-a-Thon and had a wonderful experience with your organization that helped coordinate the project. When I retired in 2015, I again needed some ideas to help direct my bug to continue volunteering, but now I could also help out during the day. I signed up for the Read to Learn Adult Literacy program (found it via the e-mail newsletter) that I've been volunteering with for the past 3 years. I still get the e-mail newsletter and direct individuals to your site whenever they seem interested and wonder how to get involved. 

Thanks for helping me over 25 years ago to find that balance and for continuing to provide valuable service to volunteers and charities within the Northwest suburbs. 

Thanks to Nancy for sending in her story! Do you have a special memory or story about your experience with HOSC that you want to share? If so, we want to hear them along with your contact information! Send them to  Sarah .  We may decide to include your story in one of our future newsletters!

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