Press center of video to learn about H.U.G.

Help Us Grow Foundation

there is a direct correlation between deficiencies in 3rd grade reading scores and the prison pipeline.

H.U.G. incorporates our BE THE DIFFERENCE™ program in every session, positively impacting character development while providing an engaging and proven reading curriculum with 1:1 student to tutor ratios.

With our unique combination of character development and reading support, H.U.G improves social equality and foster student growth into employable, responsible adults.

Wendy McCarty.png

“We support H.U.G.’s goals of empowering young people while encouraging our Kroger volunteers to make a one-on-one difference.  Both fit naturally into my mission as a person and a leader for the Kroger Co.”

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

Kemper - circle.png

“H.U.G. features individualized and informed instruction to children in a caring environment.  The level of engagement between student and tutor is impressive.  Within the one hour session, students enjoy lessons which teach personal-social skills, word attack, and comprehension.  It's an important program of wonderful reading instruction and abundant smiles.”

- Tony Kemper, Head of School, The de Paul School