Saturday, December 26, 2009

DC Charity Spotlight: The Reading Connection

$100: a Parent Workshop for 2 families;
$500: Book Club participation by a family of 4 for 1 year;
$2500: 1 year of training for 160 Read Aloud volunteers

The world of books offers children endless opportunities for discovery and adventure, learning and development. For 20 years, The Reading Connection has helped open up that world to at-risk children and parents by bringing literacy services and programs into emergency shelters, domestic violence safe houses, long-term shelters, and transitional housing. And as families move to more permanent homes, The Reading Connection puts books on their shelves and integrates literature into their lives.

Read-Aloud trains volunteers to read to, and engage with, children in local shelters; Book Club makes available to families new, free books and reading activities; Parent Workshops help adults increase their confidence about reading to their children; and ongoing training allows social workers and staff to further their knowledge about language play and acquisition. The Reading Connection serves over 1,900 children and 400 families at 13 different shelters in DC and Northern Virginia -- putting 9,014 new books in the hands of over 2,400 children in one year alone. With your help, even more young readers will begin new chapters in their lives.

The Reading Connection
2009 N. 14th St. Suite 307
Arlington, VA 22201

1 comment:

Capri Rose said...

I helped with Read Out Loud for a year and it is a very rewarding volunteer opportunity. I highly recommend signing up and giving up 1 hour of your time a month!