Learn how Jenna El-Khalili is helping improve literacy through Chicago HOPES for Kids.

Crowe Recruiting
| 4/18/2018
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Jenna El-Khalili (Chicago) began volunteering with Chicago HOPES for Kids in 2017 when she learned about the organization at the Chicago Volunteer Expo. "I was looking for an organization to join or some way to give back to the community on a regular basis instead of just a one-day volunteer event," explained Jenna. Chicago HOPES for Kids provides educational support for children living in Chicago's homeless shelters. Its mission is to provide students with the resources and encouragement needed to succeed academically, despite the challenges of homelessness. "I have a strong passion for reading and enjoy working with children so the Literacy Mentors Program, which takes place after typical work hours, was a perfect fit for me," Jenna shared. Jenna meets at the shelter one night each week for a couple of hours where she works one-on-one with a middle-school aged child to improve his or her literacy skills and academic confidence, while also developing a passion for reading. Jenna submitted a video in Crowe's 75th anniversary community service challenge video contest, and as result the firm awarded Chicago HOPES for Kids with a $500 grant. "The program coordinators were very excited to receive the donation as it will go a long way toward ensuring they have a variety of books, supplies and snacks for the children."

To learn more about the volunteer efforts at Crowe, visit the Crowe Foundation page.