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How to get involved

The Hope Project is a partnership between the River Church and Maple Street Magnet School for the Arts. We know that all students are created in the image of God and, thus, have great potential for success. This success profoundly impacts the student’s life, the lives of future generations, and our overall community. The Hope Project is about building relationships with students that allow them to see themselves the way God sees them. Join us as we reveal hope at Maple Street in the lives of the students and staff.


Do life with a student at Maple Street and become a Tutor. You will volunteer for 1 hour per week or 40 hours per year. Or maybe become a lunch buddy, and volunteer about 30 minutes per week or 20 hours per year. You can even become a Big Brother or Sister! This will take about 2 hours bi-weekly or 48 hours per year.


Creatively pour out God’s love on the teachers and staff of Maple Street by baking treats for staff, coaching your favorite sport, or donating peanut free granola bars throughout the year.


Pray that God’s blessings would rain down on Maple Street through higher attendance, higher achievement, and staff unity. Pray at 3:33 pm each day for Maple Street students, staff, and families.

Hope Project Videos

What is the Hope Project?

Staci’s Story

Chandler’s Story

Julie’s Story

Chris’ Story

This project is supported by Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo