A Nonprofit Youth Development Organization
Focusing on Growth and Development

A Nonprofit Youth Development Organization
Focusing on Growth and Development

Hearts of Mercy: Our Mission & Vision

Our Mission:

“To break the poverty cycle through learning and enrichment programs that motivate at-risk children to create a better tomorrow.”

Our Vision:

“Children at risk will be equipped to achieve their fullest potential and become self sufficient, contributing adults.”

Guiding Principles


We hold ourselves and one another responsible for ensuring that our organization maximizes its impact, we do what we say, and will use available tools and resources to make sure we do.


We are deeply connected with children, their families, and our community. We commit to allowing their voices to guide our work, and to helping them thrive. If our organization doesn’t provide the kind of help they need, we look for other organizations or services that can better meet their needs.


We value and strive to recognize and understand the perspectives, feelings, and lived experiences of others, including and especially those most different from ourselves, and to treat one a


Children and families can lose hope when they experience problems, setbacks, frustration, or disappointments. We help them see the possibilities again by finding achievable ways to overcome challenges, celebrate their successes along the way, and build their self-confidence.


We believe everyone deserves a chance to live their full potential. We believe that our organization and our community are stronger when people with diverse identities, backgrounds, and perspectives have barrier-free access to all of the opportunities that full engagement and participation offer. Each day, we work to make our organization more equitable and inclusive.


We take on the responsibility of making sure that the organization governs and operates ethically and legally. We conduct ourselves in a way to build trust in all of our relationships. Our board, staff, and volunteers must act in the best interest of the organization, rather personal or third party interests. We maintain transparency in all we do.

Tutoring and Mentoring

One of the central focuses of Hearts of Mercy is the Tutorial Program. Twice each week, students meet individually with their tutors for 60 minutes, either virtually or in person. Tutors generally use a portion of this time to help children complete homework, read together, or talk about hopes and dreams, and build a trusting relationship.

Sports and Summer Camp

Hearts of Mercy understands that sports and camp create opportunities to make friends, build skills, and have new and fun experiences. In partnership with local sports organizations and summer camps, and with the help of our volunteers, all fees, gear, and transportation are provided.

Family Support

With close connections to local school administrators, guidance counselors, teachers, churches, counselors and social workers, Hearts of Mercy strives to build on the strength within each family and stand with them when faced with challenges. Shared information between Hearts of Mercy and these entities allows us to understand needs and offer the kinds of support that will enhance the family situation.

Who are we?

We are a nonprofit youth organization dedicated to helping children in underserved communities build confidence and skill through positive experiences with tutors, mentors, coaches, and other leaders.

How can you help?

Your gifts of time, talent, and donations provide our students with access to tutors and mentors, fees for activities, and family support. Volunteers with a variety of skills are always needed.

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Make A Donation

We will put your gift to good use! We provide a safe space for tutoring and mentoring, rides to sports and arts activities, camp fees, and gear of all sorts. Our family events allow parents and children to enjoy each other’s company in a carefree environment, and deepens parental support of Hearts of Mercy. You are invited to make a donation to sponsor a child monthly, or to contribute to our general fund.