Perfect Pairings – virtual, inspiring and successful

Our first ever virtual Perfect Pairings benefit took place Friday, February 26, and thanks to you it was a huge success! With inspiring speeches from many tutor – student Perfect Pairings, families, educators, and even U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier, we celebrated the achievements of our dedicated volunteers and raised $90,000.


To watch the main event (recommended!), CLICK HERE.
To watch the pre-event click HERE



  • Teacher Michele Francesconi (pre-event)
  • Tutor Jaime Young (pre-event)
  • Perfect Pair Aaron & Fabian (pre-event)
  • Perfect Pair Cynthia & Anthony
  • Perfect Pair Joyce & Adriel
  • Teacher Jill Sebben
  • Perfect Pair Glen & Matthew
  • Perfect Pair Leonor & Karen

“When I think of Healthy Cities Tutoring….” : hear from Board members, staff, and site coordinators throughout the event.

Reading resources for tutors

Are you reading with your student during your tutoring session over Zoom? Do you wish you had a copy of the book your student is reading with/to you?

Here are some resources where you can find YOUR copy of the book online:


Hoopla app –

 You access Hoopla online or on the Hoopla app on your phone.  You do need a library card to access it. (See below for applying for a card if you don’t have one)  What is great about this option is that all the books that are listed are available right away.  No holds, no waiting.  You can also borrow audiobooks, music and movies all in the same place.  When you go to sign up, choose “San Mateo County Libraries” as your library system and enter your library card and PIN.  Once you are signed up you can access the app directly.  You get 20 borrows a month for free!

Libby app  –

This is an online borrowing app from Overdrive.  This is a way you can check out e-books and audiobooks from our local San Carlos Library.   You can find it in the app store on your device/phone or you can access it from your laptop. You will sign up one time with your library card and then you will get free access from then on.

Need to get a Library card? –

You can apply for a library card even while you’re stuck at home. The Access Services team emails the applicant his/her library card number and pin within 1 full business day. Physical cards will be mailed out later on as we’re allowed back into the libraries.


Healthy Cities tutoring provided tutors for almost 500 students at 14 schools in San Carlos and Redwood City during the 2019-20 school year. Additional tutors are needed again this year to meet the need. Due to the pandemic we will switch from in person tutoring to online tutoring.

Volunteers range in age from 14-96 and no prior tutoring experience is needed – just an interest in helping a child for 45 minutes once a week and the technical capability to connect online.  Scheduling is flexible, before, during or after school. Training will be provided.


  • What will be covered?
    • short orientation for new applicants
    • majority of the time will focus on how to make an online tutoring session successful
  • Where: in the comfort of your own home
  • When: Wednesday, October 21
  • Time: 7:00-8:15 pm (rsvp below)

 We need more tutors like YOU! Hope you can join us on October 21!