Sometimes the only thing a struggling student needs to know is that someone sincerely cares about their success in school and beyond. Partners In Education, a local and national non-profit organization, has been making a difference one child at a time. Their purpose is simple; “To promote student success through community involvement.”
Besides celebrating their 15-year anniversary this past fall, they also relocated their office to 1320 Madison Ave. in Downtown Toledo. Formerly located in the Nicholas Building, the organization was forced to move when the building’s owner failed to pay the electricity bills. Luckily, Partners in Education was able to find another suitable space quickly. “We wanted to stay in Downtown because it’s centrally located,” said executive director Eileen Kerner, who began as a PIE volunteer several years ago.
“We place tutors in the schools to help students gain academic success,” said Kerner. Partners In Education has approximately 3,000 local volunteers from over 100 school-community partnerships, and is always in need of more. Area businesses may commit a given number of employees to volunteer one hour a week tutoring in a local school, or even to hold collections for backpacks, school supplies, etc. for area children in need.
Partners In Education even takes care of background checks and training. “By the time the volunteer enters the door they’ve been cleared and are ready to sit down and start tutoring,” said Kerner.
Find out more about Partners In Education, the other programs they sponsor, and how you can get involved at www.partnerstoledo.org or contact them at 419-242-2122.