“My tutor helps me with my homework. She pays attention to me.  I think I make her happy.”

Adult Volunteer
“Volunteering at NDUEC has given me life and purpose.  I come here for the kids.  I know I make a difference in those I tutor.”


Ann Kothandram

Through my experience volunteering at the NDUEC, I realized that I want to work with children in my future career. Loved working with the kids!


Juice Boxes
Individually wrapped snacks
CATIGA Scientific Calculators CS-229
Wide-Ruled Loose Leaf Paper
Wide-Ruled Notebooks
Black Pens
Blue Pens
Pencil Cases (both hard and soft)
Ticonderoga Pencils
Colored Pencils
Dry Erase Markers
Glue Sticks
Elmers Glue
Rocket Erasers
Pink Erasers
Pocket Folders with Clips
Plastic Pocket Folders
1″ Binders
Hula Hoops


2021 – 2022

81 Children

4 Transformative Programs

127+  Volunteers

3,579 Volunteer Hours

Celebrating What's New

NDUEC exists to provide transformative educational experiences that impact individual wellbeing. As we work toward fulfilling our mission, we find ourselves celebrating many new successes.

Making the safety and security of our students and staff a top priority, this spring, we completed our outdoor security project. By installing a high-quality perimeter fence around our facility, coupled with security cameras and LED floodlighting, we have increased neighborhood security, reduced property theft and damage, and improved the overall aesthetic quality of our premises.

We are also happy to announce that we are transforming our parking lot into a fun space where students and their mentors have access to outdoor activities. Our newly installed basketball hoop has become an instant favorite. As a result, students learn teamwork, good sportsmanship, and the importance of following rules. Furthermore, we have discovered that children respond quicker and with greater accuracy to various cognitive tasks after participating in a physical activity session. When physical movement is used as a break from academic learning time, post engagement effects include better attention, increased on-task behaviors, and improved academic performance. It’s a win-win!

Program Director Maria Schappert is a gifted gardener who uses her green thumb to convert our outdoor flower beds into a lively and colorful STEM Garden. This environmental project serves as an avenue toward enhancing eco-literacy, where students learn about food security, nutrition, and sustainability. In addition, we feature quarterly StoryWalks®, where students can enjoy learning about animal and plant life cycles, practice reading in natural settings, and discover their own ability to create a spectacular urban garden. Our garden is planted and nurtured by children and supported by a village of partners working together.

As we celebrate what we’ve accomplished, we look forward to raising the bar. Thanks to a generous gift from a local family foundation, we purchased a 12-passenger Ford Transit van. Soon we will provide transportation for students who need it most, which will thrust our mission forward. We are excited about the future and have much work ahead of us.

Please join us in celebrating what’s new at our first annual Cheers to a New School Year event from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM on Thursday, September 22, 2022, at the center. Your attendance at our open-house-inspired gathering will fuel our drive for growth.