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"Although Thanksgiving comes but once a year,

every day should be a day of thanks."

Monique Hammond

The Help Us Grow Foundation

is grateful to all of our dedicated volunteers who take the time to

lift literacy and


                    - H.U.G. Open House Meeting - November 1st at 10am

                    - H.U.G. & Win sign up today!

                    - H.U.G. Tutor Training Opportunities here

                    - H.U.G. Partnership Highlights

                    - Why we H.U.G.: Resources and Stories

   Please follow our Facebook and Instagram accounts to stay up to date on all of the good work we're doing! 


H.U.G. Events

We rounded out September with the non-profit fair at University of Louisville and started October by supporting the Longwood Police and Fire Departments by attending their annual kickball event. 

If you missed us this year we hope to see you there next year! 

Online Events

              TrainingEvery Tuesday at 11am or 4pm Thursday at 1pm

                                                     Sign Up Here!

                               H.U.G. Open House 

                                     Wednesday, December 6th at 10am

                                          Zoom Line: 676 401 3003

Join us and 


               Please note the session that is highlighted is high need.

Call to Action: We Need Volunteers!

Do you know of a church group, company volunteer board, or a group of mission-minded folks that are looking to give back? Well we would love to present our volunteering options to them!  Remember everything H.U.G. is done virtually including training but we do have a few in person opportunities available.


H.U.G. Open House Meetings 

We will be on Zoom from 10:00-10:30am to meet with YOU

Please join us for updates, a Q&A and more! 

Wednesday, November 1st, at 10am

Join Zoom Meeting 

Meeting ID: 676 401 3003


H.U.G. & Win

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Market & Partnership Updates


Please join us in celebrating Clare Grant's wonderful H.U.G. Journey!  

With immense gratitude in our hearts, we celebrate Clare Grant and her remarkable contributions to H.U.G. (Help Us Grow) since 2022. With her impressive educational background, holding both a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Organizational Management, Clare has not only excelled in her career but has also dedicated her skills and expertise to make a significant impact on our organization.

Throughout her 20 years of professional experience, Clare has worn many hats, from being a Supervisor and a Corporate Wellness Consultant at Humana Inc., to spending a decade teaching elementary school students and developing curriculum. It was during her time as an educator that her profound passion for childhood literacy was ignited, leading her to join H.U.G. as a tutor at Wheatley Elementary.

Clare's journey with H.U.G. didn't stop there. Her unwavering commitment to community wellness inspired her to take on the role of Director of Senior Engagement. In this capacity, she collaborated with various organizations to provide technical training, support, and foster community engagement among seniors participating in our literacy program. Her tireless efforts have enhanced the seniors' sense of purpose and belonging, allowing them to share their wealth of knowledge and experience with our students, who have immensely benefited from their mentorship.

Clare firmly believes that volunteering is not just a one-way service but a reciprocal gift. It lifts spirits, improves overall health, and forges meaningful connections. Her volunteer work spans a wide spectrum, from wellness education to reading intervention and community outreach programs, each bringing her profound joy and fulfillment. She encourages everyone to spare just a small amount of their time to volunteer, as it not only improves the lives of others but enriches one's own life as well.

As Clare transitions from her role as the Director of Senior Engagement at H.U.G. to embark on the next chapter of her career, we are immensely grateful for the indelible mark she has left on our organization. Clare remains an integral part of the H.U.G. family, and we look forward to witnessing her continued success and the positive changes she will undoubtedly bring to her future endeavors. We extend our heartfelt gratitude and well - wishes to Clare as she takes on new horizons, always knowing that she carries a piece of H.U.G. with her.


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