Schools of Hope

Sonoma County employees participate in this one-to-one literacy tutoring program where employees tutor 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students at local participating schools through a partnership with United Way of the Wine Country.

The future of Sonoma County depends on the children! Join us in making a difference with just one hour per week!

Sign up as a volunteer today!
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Schools of Hope – Apply to Become a Tutor!

Schools of Hope - Seeking new tutors for Spring 2020!

Join Schools of Hope in making a difference with just one hour per week! Now accepting new County tutors for the Fall 2019 school year. Register by January 3, 2020!

County of Sonoma employees can tutor 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students at local schools. The tutoring is one-to-one and the employee will receive orientation and the training needed to be a successful tutor. You will become part of the 200 County employees that volunteer in the program. The program is open to all County employees and we encourage you to consider becoming a tutor.

Participating employees tutor students while on paid County time during their regular work schedule. Please review the County of Sonoma Schools of Hope Program Procedures before submitting your application to Sylvia Lemus in Human Resources.

Sign up to participate by January 3, 2020. County orientations will be held on January 13 and 15, 2020. Tutoring will start in March 2020.

Note: If you are already a Schools of Hope tutor – you do not need to reapply to the program, but please discuss your continued participation with your supervisor.

Schools of Hope Participation Form 2020 (PDF: 135 kB)

  • Published on July 20, 2018

    We are seeking County employees who are interested in joining existing Schools of Hope tutors in this tutoring program. County employees can volunteer to tutor 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students at the participating school of their choice.

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About the Schools of Hope Program

  • One-on-one tutoring with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students at participating schools, just one hour a week 
  • Participating employees tutor on paid County time during their regular work schedule
  • All county employees are encouraged to participate
  • Sonoma County partnership with Schools of Hope allows employees to join other community business and organizations in making a positive impact in Sonoma County
  • Supported and encouraged participation by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors 

Employee volunteer requirements:

  • Have discussed participation with their supervisor(s) and have authorization to participate
  • Able to commit to tutoring 30 minutes and travel time (typically not more than an hour a week), once a week, for a full school year cycle
  • Able to travel to and from a participating school
  • Willing to sign United Way's insurance waiver and volunteer agreement
  • Willing to undergo a background check which includes fingerprinting and screening for tuberculosis (conducted at orientation)
  • Able to attend a general program orientation and a site training at the school of your choice. 

View this Schools of Hope Vimeo from local students of the program talking about their experience!

Contact Information

Human Resources
County of Sonoma
Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
575 Administration Drive
Room 116 B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.465237, -122.725363

United Way of the Wine Country

Schools of Hope partnership

United Way Schools of Hope Program

Important Forms