Frequently Asked Questions:
Does Plumfield have any religious component? No. We are a non-religious non-profit organization, and our bylaws contain a strong non-discrimination policy. We work hard to be inclusive in this cause, from the kids we serve to our volunteers and financial supporters, to our Board of Directors. Our work has no religious connection or purpose.
Do you make money from selling books, etc.? No. We don’t sell books at all, in fact. We purchase them and provide them at no cost to our partner organizations. After two years of partnership, all books belong to them permanently.
Why don’t you just charge the schools for your help?
It’s a common misperception that public schools have plenty of money. The truth is schools struggle to make ends meet. (That’s why your kids are always selling butter braids and gift wrapping paper and stuff!) Budgets change from year to year, and we never want to have to leave a school because the budget won’t stretch to pay us. We want to be able to help without being a burden on the budget decisions of our partners.
Also — and maybe more importantly — we truly believe that the larger community can and should help these kids. “Joyful generosity” is one of our key values. We practice it, and we share the joy with others as they have the chance to practice it, too.
The full cost of a Plumfield program is about $12,000 per year. That’s about $60/month per child, for intensive remediation, the kind that costs MANY TIMES more at private for-profit centers.
If a child is not reading at grade level by third grade, and that child is affected by poverty, he or she is 13 times more likely to drop out of school and not graduate.
A student in poverty who drops out of school is FAR more likely to end up in prison, abuse drugs, become a teen parent, and/or ultimately continue the cycle of poverty into the next generation. We refuse to let that happen. Join us!