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HWC News

HWC Announces New Collaboration With Net Impact

Homework Central and Net Impact Berkeley are pleased to enter into a collaboration set to commence during the Fall 2014 semester.  Members of the U.C. Berkeley Net Impact team will work on a semester-long project designed to help our organization increase, support, and retain our great volunteers.  The Berkeley team will build a sustainable volunteer model for tutors, explore ways to expand our Angels Program for non-tutor volunteers, and will look at ways to increase Homework Central’s outreach to new audiences via social media tools.  We look forward to working with the talented students from U. C. Berkeley as we seek ways to provide continued support to the children and families we serve in the San Mateo-Foster City School District. 

*Net Impact Berkeley is a student run, non-profit organization that provides professional consulting services to for-profits, non-profits and social enterprises.  Their expertise includes market research, growth and scalability, financial modeling, competitive analysis, and marketing.  Past clients include Wells Fargo Bank, Genentech, Kiva, Sungevity, and Junior Achievement.

New Site Coordinator for Park School

We are pleased to announce that Molly Wagner joins Homework Central as the new Site Coordinator at our San Mateo Park Elementary School location.
Molly’s introduction to Homework Central began in 2002 when she volunteered as a tutor while attending high school in San Mateo. The experience of volunteering ignited Molly’s passion for working with children, particularly ESL students. Molly has since held positions at various schools in California, including Glen Park Elementary and Mission Preparatory, both of which are heavily attended by children from the Latino community.

A graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, Molly holds a BA in Political Science and Latin American Studies. During college, Molly spent three summers in Mexico and Guatemala to improve her fluency in Spanish while working with local non-profits. Molly, along with a small group of students, worked for two years to raise money for Proyecto Luis de Lion, a rural after school arts and education non-profit in Guatemala.

In addition to her volunteer efforts in Central America, Molly has also volunteered with Amor Ministries, Green Light New Orleans, la Esquela Rural Mixta Francisco Marroquin, and she was president of the Loyola Society for Civic Engagement. Molly is committed to educational equity and believes that when communities come together anything is possible.
Molly looks forward to working with the students, their families and the wonderful tutors, teachers and principal at Park Elementary School.

HWC Welcomes Its Newest Board Member

Homework Central takes pleasure in welcoming William Swackhamer as a new member of our Board of Directors.  Bill is a Certified Public Accountant licensed by the State of California and has been practicing in the Bay Area for more than 25 years.

In addition to his work, Bill has taken an active role in his community by serving as a founding director on the San Mateo Public Library Foundation, a board member of the San Mateo Chamber of Commerce, and a member and past chairman of the City of San Mateo's Investment Advisory Committee.  Bill has also been involved with his family by serving in scouting and coaching youth baseball, softball and soccer.  Bill and his family reside in Foster City, CA.

Matching Funds for May 6 SV Gives

On Tuesday, May 6 2014, Homework Central, along with other local nonprofits, will be part of SV Gives. You can help by going to


It is easy to Increase Your Donation Dollars!

During certain selected hours on May 6, 2014, you could double or even triple your donation amount with matching funds from the generous sponsors of SV Gives!

Please see the table below for these special hours and try to time your gift to HWC with one of the special “bonus” hours below to make your donation to HWC go even further!  

Thank you for all of your support!

May 6 Dollar for Dollar matches

  • 12:00 midnight to 1:00 am     $2 for $1 match $50,000  Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • 7 am Dollar for dollar match     $35,000 Knight Foundation
  • 8 am Dollar for dollar match     $15,000 Bernard A. Newcomb Foundation
  • 12 noon Dollar for dollar match  $50,000 David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • 5 pm Golden ticket $1,000 added to the first 50 gifts in the hour. Anonymous
  • 6 pm Dollar for Dollar match    $50,000 William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • 7 pm  Dollar for dollar match     $50,000 Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • General    Local Prize.. $2,500 added to the 408th and 650th Donor.  $5,000

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