"Heart Math Tutoring was my favorite time of the week. I loved the eagerness of the children about learning and mastering math, probably for the first time."-2018/19 HMT Volunteer at Westerly Hills Academy
Heart Math Tutoring provides a fun way to build relationships with students while delivering academic skills crucial to their success. Anyone who can commit one volunteer hour per week can make an impact. We would love for you to join us during the 2022/23 school year! Please select your time and location below.
Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering with Heart
How has Heart Math Tutoring’s program format changed in response to COVID-19?
In 2021/22, the majority of tutoring takes place in-person at elementary schools across Charlotte, North Carolina, while tutoring at select school sites is fully virtual. You can select your setting for 2022/23 by choosing an in-person or virtual school below. For in-person tutoring, volunteers and students wear masks and practice social distancing in the tutoring space, and volunteers are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. For virtual tutoring, volunteers and students meet on Zoom and use fun and impactful curriculum modifications on Google Jamboard. Read more about virtual tutoring on our Latest News page.
How is Heart Math Tutoring protecting students and tutors in the virtual environment?
HMT is committed to ensuring the highest standard of safety to protect students, tutors, and staff in the virtual environment. This includes using a secure technology platform, screening tutors, and providing ample tutor training. In 2021/22, virtual tutoring takes place with in-person Heart Program Coordinators on-site with students helping students log into sessions from schools. The Heart Program Coordinator also oversees sessions and troubleshoots any issues experienced by remote volunteer tutors.
Who can volunteer?
Anyone who wants to help children increase their confidence and knowledge in math is encouraged to become a tutor – no math or teaching experience required! HMT tutors come from a variety of backgrounds, from college students, to professionals working full-time, to retirees. The requirements to volunteer are: must be a U.S. resident, 18 years or older, cannot be a current high school student (in accordance with school district policies), pass a background check, and must be able to commit to tutoring for at least thirty minutes or one hour per week.
When do you need tutors?
Generally speaking, tutoring sessions are held Monday – Thursday during the school day from the end of September to the end of April. You can select your school and day of the week in the sign-up form below.
Do you accept volunteers year-round?
Yes, we appreciate volunteer sign-ups throughout the school year! Ideally, volunteers begin tutoring in late September and continue through late April in order to provide students with as much time in the program as possible. However, when a volunteer signs up later in the school year, we are normally able to add students to the program. Many students need extra help in math, and every time a volunteer signs up, an additional student can be tutored.
It's already the middle of the semester - can I still volunteer?
Yes! Heart Math Tutoring enrolls students on a rolling basis. You can get started anytime between September and March. You do not need to wait until the beginning of the next semester.
Math is not a strong subject for me. Would I still enjoy Heart and be an effective tutor?
Yes! No math, teaching, or tutoring experience is required. You will be following an easy, fun curriculum that features hands-on activities and math games. The lessons involve cubes, playing cards, number shapes, and other manipulatives that allow students to internalize patterns and have fun with the numbers. HMT is designed to strengthen foundational number sense at the elementary level, which ranges from counting, to addition/subtraction of whole numbers, to single-digit multiplication. That 98% of students to date have demonstrated significant growth in math in our in-person program is evidence that the curriculum is easy to follow and anyone can be an effective tutor.
Do I have to come up with activities or bring materials for the tutoring sessions?
No, a significant focus of HMT has been making tutoring easy and accessible for community volunteers. HMT provides all the activities, materials, and training for its tutors, laying down most of the groundwork so tutors can focus their energy on tutoring.
How am I trained?
Volunteers commit to weekly tutoring sessions from the end of September to the end of April. The first two of those weekly sessions are hour-long orientations, one virtual, and the second either in-person or virtual depending on your tutoring format. During this training, Heart introduces volunteers to the curriculum and session logistics, equips volunteers with a beginning knowledge of the broader context of student and school need, and for virtual tutors, a walk-through of the technology used during tutoring sessions. Thereafter, volunteers receive email communication between sessions, support during tutoring sessions, and optional training workshops. Additional resources will be provided for virtual tutors to familiarize themselves with the technology used during virtual tutoring sessions.
Will my schedule stay the same throughout the year?
As in past years, Heart Math Tutoring will make every effort to arrange consistent tutoring times with schools so that when you commit to a tutoring time, you can count on your ability to participate in tutoring at that time/day throughout the school year.
Do I see the same student(s) every week?
Yes! The relationship you will build by supporting the same student(s) each week has a tremendous positive impact, and you and your student(s) will enjoy working together to accomplish math goals throughout the year. Each tutoring session is 30 minutes, so most volunteers tutor two students back-to-back for 30 minutes each.
What if I'm having trouble completing the background check?
CMS requires all volunteers to complete a background check at cmsvolunteers.com before working with students, so thank you in advance for your part in keeping students safe! Please see the attached document with support for the most common issues volunteers have when completing this process. If you have further questions please reach out to email@example.com.
How are students selected to participate in Heart Math Tutoring?
Teachers at Heart Math Tutoring partner schools nominate students to participate in the program who are 1-3 years behind in elementary math and would not otherwise have access to resources for private tutoring. HMT staff members individually assess nominated students to determine whether they would benefit from the program and which math concepts need focus. HMT students are in grades 1-5.
How is Heart Math Tutoring protecting students and tutors in the in-person environment?
In-person HMT volunteers will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination before the start of tutoring. Students will each be assigned an individual kit of materials, to be stored on-site in the tutoring space. Limiting the use of shared materials is intended to reduce the potential risk of COVID-19 transmission. As always, we recommend that students and tutors who are exhibiting signs of illness stay at home, following CDC guidelines.
Volunteer Tutoring Times and Locations
Over 1,000 tutors and students are working together in the 2021/22 school year! The majority of tutoring takes place in-person in elementary schools across Charlotte, North Carolina, but tutoring at select school sites is fully virtual. You can select your setting for the 2022/23 school year below.
Please sign up using the form below. We will contact you in summer 2022 with specific information about getting started!
Click the pin on the map below to see school names and locations.
Billingsville Leadership Academy
124 Skyland Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205, United States
Blythe Elementary School
12202 Hambright Road, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA
Bruns Avenue Elementary
501 South Bruns Avenue, Charlotte, NC, USA
Charles H. Parker Academic Center (formerly Barringer Academic Center)
1546 Walton Road, Charlotte, NC 28208, United States
300 Greenwich Road, Charlotte, NC 28211, USA
6500 Barrington Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215, USA
6815 Endhaven Ln, Charlotte, NC 28277, USA
Hidden Valley Elementary
5100 Snow White Ln, Charlotte, NC 28213, USA
Highland Renaissance Academy
125 West Craighead Road, Charlotte, NC 28206, United States
2520 Huntingtowne Farms Ln, Charlotte, NC 28210, USA
Joseph W. Grier Academy
8330 Grier Rd, Charlotte, NC 28215, USA
6400 Prett Court, Charlotte, NC 28270, USA
Merry Oaks International Academy
3508 Draper Avenue, Charlotte, NC, United States
5801 Farmbrook Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210, United States
Myers Park Traditional
2132 Radcliffe Ave, Charlotte, NC 28207, USA
Oakhurst STEAM Academy
4511 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28205, USA
204 Lowry Street, Pineville, NC, USA
Rama Road Elementary
1035 Rama Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211, USA
Shamrock Gardens Elementary
3301 Country Club Drive, Charlotte, NC 28205, United States
3200 Smithfield Church Road, Charlotte, NC 28210, United States
Statesville Road Elementary School
5521 Milhaven Lane, Charlotte, NC 28269, USA
9601 China Grove Church Road, Pineville, NC, United States
Westerly Hills Academy
4420 Denver Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28208, United States
11600 White Rapids Road, Charlotte, NC, United States
Volunteer Sign Up Form (2022/23 School Year)
Charlotte students are in need of volunteer tutors next school year (2022/23)! Please complete the form below with preferences to begin working with students in Fall 2022. We will reach out in Summer 2022 to confirm time and location. Thank you for making a difference in elementary students’ lives! (Please note – to volunteer in Charleston, SC, please sign up at www.heartmathtutoring.org/charleston/#volunteer)
If you are interested in supporting our recruitment efforts, please check out our resources below and help us spread the word to your friends and family, place of work, faith group, or other organization!