Hands On Hartford Enters into Franchising Agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.

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Hands On Hartford, a Hartford-based volunteer action center and social services agency, has entered into a five-year agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc., a national provider of supplemental education services, to provide tutoring services for students at Sanchez and Betances elementary schools in Hartford, Connecticut.

It's been a distinct pleasure to contribute to this process.

Hands On Hartford, a Hartford-based volunteer action center and social services agency, has entered into a five-year agreement with Huntington Learning Centers, Inc., a national provider of supplemental education services, to provide tutoring services for students at Sanchez and Betances elementary schools in Hartford, Connecticut.

Under this agreement, students who qualify under the federal No Child Left Behind Act will receive free tutoring during the school year. The program is expected to serve hundreds of students and will result in one new full-time position and 15 part-time positions the first year.

"This unique public/private partnership is in line with our ongoing commitment to be forward-thinking and embrace national trends and issues," said Doug Sudell, Chief Executive Officer, Hands On Hartford. "This will complement the full range of services we are currently providing students and families in two Hartford schools."

"Hands On Hartford is proud to operate the first nonprofit-owned franchise in the Huntington Learning Centers franchise community," added Sudell. "Social franchising, a concept in which a non-profit organization engages a national franchise to further its mission and generate additional funding, is an extremely cutting-edge trend."

"This agreement is exciting because it will enhance the academic experience of children and families in Hartford," said Allan P. Hillman, partner with New Haven-based law firm Kern & Hillman, LLC. "It's been a distinct pleasure to contribute to this process."

"Huntington's mission is to provide every child with the best education possible," said Dr. Raymond Huntington, co-founder, Huntington Learning Centers, Inc. "We are delighted that Hands On Hartford chose to partner with us to help achieve this goal by delivering proven Huntington tutoring services to Hartford children. This is a wonderful opportunity for qualifying Hartford students to benefit tremendously from Huntington's expertise in boosting academic achievement."

About Social Franchising
Social franchising is a groundbreaking concept offering non-profit organizations the opportunity to create reliable, unrestricted funding to support mission activities. The concept involves businesses and non-profits working together in new ways that bridge market gaps and generate the resources available to address social needs.*

About Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.
Founded in 1977 by Dr. Raymond and Mrs. Eileen Huntington, Huntington provides high quality instruction in reading and math to K-12 students in nearly 400 nationwide Huntington Learning Centers. For more than thirty years, through its unique teaching approach and expert instruction, Huntington has helped thousands of students achieve their fullest potential.

About Huntington School Services
Since 2002, the federal No Child Left Behind Act has funded free tutoring services, known as Supplemental Education Services (SES), for underprivileged students in underperforming schools. Huntington was one of the nation's first approved SES providers. After seven years of thorough development, Huntington launched a new Huntington School Services franchise in April 2009, growing to over 25 franchised offices in less than six months.

For more information, visit http://www.huntingtonlearning.com

About Hands On Hartford
Hands On Hartford is a Hartford-based private non-profit, non-sectarian social services agency that works in partnership with others to "strengthen community in Hartford by responding faithfully to people in need through programs that change lives and renew human possibility." The agency operates school-based educational programs for children and their families, residential and supportive services for people living with HIV/AIDS and a variety of basic needs programs (soup kitchen and food pantry, resource and referral services, weekend dining and meals-on-wheels programs for seniors and the disabled). Founded as Center City Churches, the agency changed its name to Hands On Hartford in 2006 and became the first social service agency recognized as an affiliate of Hands On Network - a 250-member national organization intent on mobilizing and redefining volunteerism and civic engagement throughout the nation. Hands On Hartford is supported by donations from individuals, civic and religious organizations, government, corporate and foundation grants, and the volunteer efforts of more than 2,000 dedicated volunteers. For more information, visit: http://www.handsonhartford.org.

Joanne Morrison, Durham Group
860/677-8885, ext. 703

Laura Gehringer, Huntington Learning Centers, Inc.
201/975-9431

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