Will you help us grow?

The Help Us Grow, Foundation, Inc. (H.U.G) strives to promote social equality and education for all students allowing them to achieve grade level reading by completion of third grade. H.U.G. incorporates character development and confidence building components to help struggling readers become confident grade level readers, thus improving their life's trajectory.

Evidence-based model

creates more resilient students

H.U.G. uses curriculum with 30 years of research from the University of North Carolina and used nationwide for reading intervention. 

1:1 student-to-tutor ratio

builds skills & character

Our H.U.G. tutors help directly address this highly documented need faced by today's educators & future workforce.

Students and tutors reap positive benefits

Students show increased engagement and positive behavior, while tutors feel honored and values to share their wisdom

By becoming a H.U.G. tutor, you can BE THE DIFFERENCE in a student's life.

We need to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. Students in 4th grade who can not read independently on their grade level have a 70% chance to go to prison.



"At Kroger, we are dedicated to Our Purpose to Feed the Human Spirit. We focus on the experiences we create for our associates, our customers and our communities. We are intimately involved with out local neighborhoods. We feed the hearts, minds and stomachs of many people, everyday, in Louisville. As a member of the H.U.G. board of directors, I can..."

--Wendy McCarty, VP Operations, The Kroger Co. Louisville Division


But nothing is more valuable to

her, than your one-on-one time.

Whether you're an individual, a church or community organization, or a company with workforce or HR goals in mind, there are so many benefits to not only supporting our mission, but actually becoming a tutor.


H.U.G. Reading Program is for

2nd and 3rd grade students who want help to improve their reading skills.