Program Update

It is the last two weeks of program! The time has gone by so quickly but it has been one amazing adventure this semester at HOPES. If you have any funny stories, memories, or moments at our program, we would love the hear them! Please email or with the subject title Moments with HOPES. We would love to hear how the program has impacted you as well! 

For the last two weeks of program, we have several community partners donating time, presents, and pizza parties for our students! We will also re-assess all of the students to see their literacy growth this last semester! The last day of program, Thursday December 14th, will be a pizza party at all sites. We ask that any volunteers who want to attend the party (even if it is not your day) to reach out to your site coordinators. We would love for you to celebrate the end of the year with us! 

The Winter/Spring Semester is right around the corner and we will need more site coordinators to run our programs. Program is February 5th-May 3rd for our kids. Site coordinator positions will start Monday, January 28th for training and site prep. If you are interested or know of anyone who is, please email

On a last note, I wanted to take a moment to let everyone know that I am leaving my position at Chicago HOPES for Kids. For the last two and half years I have served with HOPES as a VISTA, Volunteer Manager, and now Program Manager and it has been a wonderful, growing experience. I want to thank everyone from colleagues to volunteers for all of the work, memories, and experience you have given to me and to HOPES. 

Even though I will miss my team and HOPES, I am looking forward to this new adventure!

Please keep in touch!: I can be reached at my personal email address, or Linkedin

“Never say goodbye, because saying goodbye means going away, and going away means forgetting." ~Peter Pan

Until the next adventure,

Kristin White Grandolfo