Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Joy of Tutoring

I wasn’t Dado’s tutor for very long – two months, to be exact – but my experience proved that you don’t have to know a person too long for him to make an impact worth a lifetime. 

I learned about the Tutoring Program at He Cares Mission through the iVolunteer Instagram account. I was a full-time MBA student looking for meaningful ways to fill some spare time during the week. I signed up on iVolunteer’s website for a 9AM tutoring session on Wednesday. Since it was my first time being a tutor, I browsed through the site looking for things to expect and was pleasantly surprised to find several videos offering advice and tips to first-time volunteers like myself.

The following Wednesday was my first session. As soon as I got to the Foundation Center, Cathy Evangelista, the overall manager for the tutoring program, met me with a warm welcome. After a brief orientation, she informed me I would be paired with Dado. Dado had joined the He Cares Mission earlier in the year. Smiling quietly, Cathy told me that he was 14 years old, but because he couldn’t go to school regularly, he was still in the fourth grade.

Dado was a delight to tutor. On our first day, he shared to me that English (even if he wasn’t the strongest in his class) was his favorite because he knew that mastery of the subject matter would lead to greater opportunities in the future. I was taken aback and thoroughly impressed. From then on, I made it my personal mission to help him take baby steps towards meeting this goal.

I eventually became Dado’s regular tutor every Wednesday morning. Every so often in the middle of our sessions, I would discover a thing or two about Dado before he joined the He Cares House. It tugged at my heart strings when I found out that he didn’t know where his parents were. He didn’t even particularly remember when he entered the House; whether it was one or two years ago – all he cared about was that he wanted to study back at school – and study well.

Time didn’t permit me to spend more than two months as Dado’s tutor. But I’ll always treasure the experience I had at He Cares Mission. The satisfaction of sharing the knowledge I have and guide him through his weekly homework – and more importantly, seeing his progress little by little gave me a sense of mission that went well beyond myself. The reality is, there are many cases like Dado’s. And I’ve personally felt an overwhelming feeling of helplessness thinking of where to even start and help address this massive problem. But the answer is simple – you start little by little, with a single student who might need a little help in sentence structure or multiplication of fractions. The He Cares Mission invites all of us to share in this mission. Giving a little bit of your time can go a long way, and it won’t just change your student’s life; I guarantee it will change yours, too. I know it changed mine. 

- by Sarah Brillantes Alli

Christmas Party 2017

It was a very fun party with lots of music for the 40+ children!  

Thank you team for a wonderful Christmas party for the children! Specially Joey, Shannon and Iam! Thank you to the sponsors and toy donors!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Come to the Christmas Party!

Come to the Christmas Party! We would love for you to spend some time with the kids. We need volunteers to decorate, help with the games and just plain having fun.

The 30 or so He Cares scholars would love to meet you! They come from challenged urban communities and have been recipients of tutoring the whole year round. But now it's time to celebrate! We also welcome donations of food / snacks / toys but that's optional. For more information and to sign up here https://ivolunteer.com.ph/organizations/22/events/2504

Please alert Joey if you plan to come - text sun # 0933-233-3020 so you can be informed of any last minute announcements.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Toy Donation Drive

Dear VolunTutor,

Christmas is a season for giving!  Do you have any toys that are unloved and are not being used anymore?  A child is waiting for it!  Do you want to lessen the clutter around your home?  Then let go of the many toys that are just taking up space :)

The children of He Cares Foundation would love to receive a toy from you!

We sincerely hope for your generosity!

You may drop these off directly at the He Cares Mission building at 9 Mines St. Project 6, Quezon City (look for Cathy) or you can coordinate with hecaresvoluntutor@gmail.com on how to get it to us.

God bless you!

Have a magical Christmas season!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Join us!

When we tutor, it's not just the children that benefit, but we do too! Somehow the children remind us of what's important in life. They show us how to be young at heart and how to be grateful. It's a beautiful time that we won't easily forget!

Inviting you to spend more time with the children from He Cares Foundation, a street children caring center. Let the children change your life for the better!

Wednesdays 9am and 2pm
Fridays 9am and 2pm
1st and 3rd Saturdays 1pm

He Cares Mission building
9 Mines St. Project 6
Quezon City
For more information e-mail hecaresvoluntutor@gmail.com

Sunday, September 17, 2017

VolunTutoring - September 16, 2017

A big, gigantic, overwhelming thanks to everyone who came today!  The children had a lot of fun and learning with your help!

We would love to hear about your VoluTutoring experience!  We will post them here to encourage others to volunteer!  God bless you!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Thank You

Thank You's are in order!

We are so happy that you volunteered!

Dear VolunTutors,

Thank you very much again for spending quality time with our kids today. 

Here are your photos during and after the session.

Kindly like us on Facebook, He Cares Mission FB Page and share your experience there.

God bless,

Cathy Evangelista
Back to School Program

Saturday, April 29, 2017

QCX Museum Field Trip

We want to thank everyone who made this event possible!

Thanks be to God who is the source of all our blessings!

Thank you to the donors!  Without you, we wouldn't be able to pay the entrance fee of all the kids!

Thank you volunteers who took care of all the kids!  Special mention to Joey, Shannon, Ate Aileen and her tribe of moms, Armand (who went on his birthday) and Cathy who coordinated everything!

Thank you Ma'am Teli for the transportation to the event!  We are so grateful!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

QCX Museum Field Trip

Update!  We have completed our pool of volunteers already!  Yay!
Wish us the best as we try to make memories with the kids!

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Urgently need more Volunteers for a field trip to QCX museum!

We have 50 kids from He Cares attending and need volunteers to come with them and make sure they are all enjoying and learning. 

Please bring P80 for your entrance. 

Saturday April 29, 2017 at 2-4 PM Please e-mail voluntutor@gmail.com for more details.

He Cares Mission takes care of street children. 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Why We Tutor and How to Tutor

New to tutoring?  No worries!  We are here to help!  Let Christina tell you how!  Be sure to watch this video before you come.  Please share with your other volunteer friends as well!  Have fun!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Jollibee Christmas Party

It was a festive event last December when a volunteer wanted to celebrate her birthday with the He Cares kids!

We wish to thank all the donors for a successful celebration!