EDUCATION IS KEY TO A PROSPEROUS COMMUNITY 

An important message about COVID-19

While the work of our mission to strengthen public education in Hillsborough County continues, we have closed our office to guests based on the CDC’s recommendations for COVID-19 to help protect the health and security of our community.

Our team is working remotely but still staffing the office during normal business hours on a rotating basis. We are available to assist you by email or by phone: (813) 574-0260.

During this unprecedented time in education, we are unwavering in our commitment to serving students and teachers in Hillsborough County. Click here to read a message from our CEO Kim Jowell to learn how we are changing the ways we deliver our programs and resources to help ensure we keep students on the pathway to success.

Updated information will be shared on our website and social media channels.

We wish you and your family safety, above all else. We are all in this together. Thank you for your partnership and continued support of our mission.

Our most vulnerable students are at the highest risk of falling behind in their studies as education adapts to COVID-19 concerns.

But you can help us ensure all students have what they need to be engaged in their learning.

CEO Kim Jowell explains how you can make a difference:

We strengthen public education and empower students to succeed.

Together we can maximize student success and transform our community into a sustainable, thriving workforce of tomorrow.

WE BELIEVE

success relies on relationships

BOB’S STORY

Community Partner—Williams Company Construction

Bob Sanders and colleagues from Williams Company Construction volunteered for a very special delivery at Sulphur Springs K-8 Community School. The team unloaded box after box of Yoobi folders, pencils, erasers, scissors and more onto a cart—preparing to surprise dozens of teachers in their classrooms with the supplies they desperately need to effectively advance student achievement.

“These teachers need the tools to teach these kids. If we can help provide them—we’re happy to do it,” Sanders says.

Hillsborough Education Foundation invests in teachers, along with our community partners like Williams Company, to provide added supplies and support.

“We like to support the schools we do construction work for. This gets us closer to why we are doing this—the kids and the teachers,” says Sanders. “These kids are fabulous. Their teachers are a blessing to everyone. It’s an honor for us to be involved.”

Bob Sanders, Community Partner of Hillsborough Education Foundation, man standing against hallway wall, smiling
Nelidad, Take Stock in Children scholar, Hillsborough Education Foundation, young woman standing at podium speaking

WE BELIEVE

every student matters

Nelidad’S Story

Take Stock in Children Student

Nelidad applied for Hillsborough Education Foundation’s mentoring program, because she has big aspirations for a bright future! “I want more for our family. I want to make my mom proud. I want to be a role model for my siblings,” says Nelidad.

The Lennard High sophomore admits the path to high school hasn’t been easy. Her mom is a single mom with a third-grade education, raising Nelidad and her three siblings, while working in the fields. Her job has meant the family had to move around a lot. The kids frequently changed schools. The family’s struggles have inspired Nelidad’s dream to become an immigration attorney.

“I know there are no obstacles you cannot defeat,” says Nelidad. “I love having a mentor who helps me reach my academic and personal goals. I promise I will work hard and make the most of this opportunity.”

CURRENT NEED

Support a Teacher’s Classroom

You can support teachers by empowering them with the resources they need to be effective in the classroom.

LEARN HOW TO HELP