Can you donate 2 1/2 hours a week to improve a child's life?

Wharton Club members & others have an opportunity
to make a difference in a child's life - and in your own as well

Can you donate 2 ½ hours a week to change a child’s life?

Consider these facts:

  • 75% of DC students perform at or below basic levels in reading and math.
  • More than 58% of DC students do not even graduate high school.
  • Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, before Wharton Club members and others at the National Press Club on July 27 said "our schools are dropout factories:" 25% of the students nationwide - 1.2 million a year - are dropping out. 

By helping FLOC, For Love of Children, you can help make a dramatic difference, without a dramatic impact on your time. FLOC’s Neighborhood Tutoring Program trains volunteers to use structured, research-proven curricula with ongoing support from FLOC staff to tutor students who are struggling in reading or math.  Each tutor works one-on-one with a student, so we can only help as many students as we have tutors.  

  • Each new volunteer will change the future for a child in D.C. 
  • On average, students improve 1 year in competency after just 22 hours of tutoring.

Volunteering with FLOC can be a very powerful experience. Not only do you have the opportunity to assist a struggling student change his or her future, but tutors report they find a sense of fulfillment and purpose in this work.

Some of the tutors’ comments:

  • “This is my 7th year tutoring. I continue because it is a well-run program that really helps the students”
  • “Someone has always been there to guide me and I want to return the favor”
  • “Consistent with FLOC’s mission, I strongly believe that education is the most powerful tool in enabling children to break the oppressive cycle of poverty.”  

Our tutoring schedule is flexible; we only ask a minimum of one day a week for about 2 ½ hours per day. This can be in the evening, after school onsite at public schools, or Saturdays. We will work with you to identify the time that works best with your schedule.  Currently, we are looking for volunteers who are available to work with students in the Fall 2010.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

If your schedule prevents you from a weekly 2½ hour commitment, there are many other ways to get involved. Please contact us to learn about our specialized volunteer opportunities. 


For Love of Children (FLOC) is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1965.  We provide free educational services to help low-income youth succeed from first grade through college and career.  Featured in the 2008-9 Catalogue for Philanthropy: “One of the best small charities in the Greater Washington Region.”  The website is


If you would like to participate or get more information, please contact Arlene Farber Sirkin, Wharton Grad 84.   301.469.6290