Joseph Hirsch of Globalview Advisors attended a meet and greet with first graders at Walker Elementary School in Santa Ana in support of Orange County United Way and the Santa Ana Unified School District by joining TutorMate. Joseph’s participation in this partnership has provided him with an awesome experience and has reminded him of what a hopeful educational narrative looks like in our community.

In our busy world, even though we all would like to help kids learn how to read more, carving out the time sometimes doesn’t fit with our schedules. TutorMate has an answer that may surprise you. In just 30 minutes, once a week, without ever leaving your desk, using only a telephone and internet connection, volunteers can help an at-risk student learn to read. Students and tutors read stories and play word games that encourage fluency, comprehension, phonics and spelling skills. TutorMate provides a web-based tutoring program to the public schools, as well as provides a flexible, convenient, highly rewarding and deeply impactful way for professionals to connect with a student. At the end of each week, volunteers feel good about doing something useful for their community. By helping at-risk students thrive, they are making a difference in the life of a young student, and helping to promote success in schools.

TutorMate, dedicated to bringing innovative technologies to K-2 classrooms, is successfully implemented in 22 cities across the country. With only a telephone, internet connection and 30 minutes a week, you can make a difference in the life of a young student and help promote their success in school right from. Each tutor works with the same student throughout the school year, building a deep and meaningful rapport and mentoring relationship. Because teachers designate the available times for tutoring, the program is non-intrusive and does not interfere with core instruction time.

Since 1924, Orange County United Way has been at the forefront of health and human care services in Orange County. While the community has changed over the years, their mission to improve lives and strengthen our community has remained the same, while their model has evolved to even more effectively address key critical issues. Orange County United Way is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.