CHiL facilitates successful transitions to high school through volunteer-based tutoring and mentoring. The afterschool program bolsters improved grade performance and social and emotional learning at the middle schools in Wheeling Township’s Community Consolidated School District 21—Cooper, Holmes, and London. CHiL serves a high-need population with 76% of the students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch. In addition, 44% of the students served by the program are English language learners.

During the 2020-21 school year, CHiL mitigated the inequities in education exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic by equipping low-income and high-needs students with virtual mentors.

HandsOn Suburban Chicago is currently recruiting dedicated volunteers to foster socialization among, facilitate structured social-emotional learning activities for, and provide homework help to students in need for the 2021-22 school year. We are currently accepting applications for tutors and mentors to begin in January 2022.


Every dollar donated translates to measurable results that support our goal of preparing underprivileged youth to succeed in high school academically, emotionally, and socially.


  • 94% of students achieved a “C” average or higher
  • 99% demonstrated satisfactory school attendance
  • 94% met Illinois Social and Emotional Learning standards


  • 85% of students achieved a “C” average or higher
  • 95% demonstrated satisfactory school attendance
  • 81% met Illinois Social and Emotional Learning standards

Contact Aaron Wasserman-Olin at for more information.