Since it started in 2003, TutorMate has expanded into 300 classrooms in fourteen school districts and continues to grow. TutorMate tutors come from businesses big and small, but almost all of them are recruited from the metro area where the tutored children go to school. About 110 companies around the country have become involved. The advantage for the tutors is that they do not have to leave their offices in the middle of the day and travel back and forth to the schools. They simply reserve 30 minutes of their work week to login from their computers, make a phone call, and then spend that time with their assigned first-grader.