Everybody Wins! USA

Rating: 4.92 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, Philanthropy

Location: 71 Commercial St. #273 Boston MA 02109 USA

Mission: Everybody Wins! is a national children’s literacy and mentoring nonprofit proven to build the skills and love of reading among low-income and at-risk elementary students. By bringing volunteer mentors into schools for weekly one-on-one lunchtime reading experiences called Power Lunch, everybody wins! - children, schools, volunteers, their companies and ultimately, society.”
Results: This past school year, Everybody Wins! affiliates served over 12,000 children at 184 schools, including 7,885 Power Lunch mentors from more than 600 organizations.
Target demographics: low-income & at-risk elementary school children
Direct beneficiaries per year: 20,000
Geographic areas served: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Des Moines, Hartford, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York City, Providence, Stamford, Vermont, Washington, DC
Programs: Power Lunch, Readers are Leaders, Story Time, EW Book Clubs

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Rating: 5 stars  

It was by far the most rewarding part of my day. It felt really good to pass on the love of reading to a young student. Plus the people in the program and running the program were fantastic.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the feeling of satisfaction I have when I leave after volunteering.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

EW!USA makes a difference in the lives of countless through a very simple belief of one child, one book, and one reader. This simple connection drives fantastic results. The excitement that is generated for learning in children when an adult takes the time to read is unmatched. Nobody does it better than EW!USA

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

... the eyes of children and the hearts of the readers. Not only does EW!USA greatly improve the options of children it effectively connects adults to a greater sense of self when they are able to support young people.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the impact that it has had on the lives of so many children.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring, kind and innovative.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help 10 million children read.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Unfortunately, I don't live close enough to a city served by Everybody Wins! in order to be a reading mentor. I have, however, followed the work this organization does in the communities in which it serves. I've donated books to the DC chapter and have donated books to their online auction. Everybody Wins! is dedicated to serving children, as well as being an important voice in raising awareness of literacy issues.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

its ability to lead the national discussion on literacy issues. Executive Director Rich Greif engages everyone, from the White House down to the average person on Facebook/LinkedIn/Twitter, to join the movement to bridge the literacy gap in this country.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I met National Executive Director Rich Greif through Twitter (social media works!). As a passionate supporter of literacy efforts, I can not say enough good about the important work Everybody Wins! is doing. All the people I've met in this organization are fired up about what they're doing too. Reaching out to children and helping them become readers early on is so fundamental in increasing education. Do you realize the overall positive impact on society when more citizens are literate? It is HUGE!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

regards to responsiveness. It is very engaging and inclusive.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

open to new ideas and generous with their time.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the lives of millions of families as well as society as a whole.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been an EW! reading mentor in Stamford CT for three years now, and it is a powerful experience. There is nothing more exciting than reading with a young elementary school student and discussing the characters and ideas in the books we share. The young boys I have worked with are always excited on "Power Lunch" days, because they come to associate reading with the focused attention of a caring adult. EW research shows that this positive experience carries over into other academic achievement for the students, as well as fostering a better attitude toward reading and learning overall. This is a valuable, valuable program.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Stamford CT as a reading volunteer with Pitney Bowes, and nationally as a board member of EW! USA.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

During the time I was organizing The America Reads Challenge I organized the U. S. Department of Education's partnership with Everybody Wins! for two years and served as a volunteer myself. I also periodically read with Senators Kennedy and Jeffords and their students. I watched this program light a fire in children's eyes regarding that tough subject called "reading"...it became exciting and they were eager each week after a while to show me how they were reading so much better and also understood what they were reading! I now serve as the President of Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and work in collaboration with Everybody Wins; some RIF staff serve as Everybody Wins volunteers.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I myself have probably not improved in my attitude toward reading because it is sky high, I don't know that my personal reading ability has improved but I do know I am inspired regularly by what I see Everybody Wins! accomplishing throughout the country.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find ways to expand it...it works!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Watching the children become excited about reading!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and becoming advocates for children's literacy.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

serve many more children who need this extra boost in order to build a solid literacy skills base.

Ways to make it better...

I could have given the children books to own.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Resources for expansion.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Weekly a group of volunteers from my business walk/drive to the nearby elementary school and spend our lunch reading with elementary school students who are reading below their grade level. Everybody wins is a great non-profit that does a fantastic job organizing the volunteering - they organize everything with the school, pick and drop off students in their classroom, and provide books for reading.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the children really improve their reading skills. I'm also much more comfortable interacting with children (I don't have any and didn't really know what to say to them before)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

I was brought to this organization through AmeriCorps and immediately found a connection to their mission. Reading, from childhood to now, has played an integral role in my life by providing me with hours of exploration in worlds only accessible in my head and experiences had vicariously through my "friends" in the books I read. I was one of the lucky few who was read to constantly as a child and find it disturbing that among under resourced students, the students come to school with an average of less that 25 hours of reading time. I find myself feeling for those families that are so busy striving to make ends meet they can't afford the time to sit and read purely for the joy of reading. I find myself wanting to support efforts to instill in children the importance of reading and the benefits it can bring. This effort is called Everybody Wins!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching the volunteers reactions to questions like how did last year go? They always come back with a light in their eyes and a desire to do more. If they like it, the students have to.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase the amount of children served by this organization. I would create a revenue model that paid for the organization to exist and allowed for increased growth.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with the staff and volunteers here. They truly care about the mission and it shows in their daily interactions.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, caring, truthful, giving and dedicated. Like any group there are those that make extra noise but this is far outweighed by the true givers in the organization.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Grow to meet their goals of serving 100,000 students. They could develop evaluation models that could serve to improve the program and its effectiveness. They could use their time to create a revenue based model that was sustainable.

Ways to make it better...

there were more staff and more time to do things.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the unsustainable nature of grant funded organizations.

One thing I'd also say is that...

through diligent efforts by the members of the EW! staff they can make this organization a scalable one.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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From September 2009 to May 2010, I worked under Rich Grief, the National Executive Director for Everybody Wins! I focused on the Power Lunch, a signature lunchtime reading/mentoring program. First off, Rich is inspirational; his life is dedicated to raising awareness of this program, and ensuring that it actually works (and trust me, it does. For example, more than 87% of Power Lunchers improved their reading comprehension). As for the raising awareness part, Rich is innovative in this approach: he assigned me the task of analyzing potential nonprofit partners and corporate partnerships in over 50 cities, he had a class at Babson College use my initial research to form recommendations, utilizing social media, using losing weight as an incentive for others to donate to Everybody Wins!, amongst other cool ideas. From my perspective, this organization has garnered a lot of attention based on these ideas, and will continue to do so.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As I stated above, Rich finds innovative ways to increase awareness of this organization, which then garners more attention and volunteer interest. I see the results of this.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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1 person found this review helpful

Everybody Wins! lives out their name everyday. Companies win by having an opportunity to make a direct impact in their communities. Schools win by having additional reading focus during the school day, without pulling the children out of class. Kids win by getting that additional reading time, including exposure to materials or topics perhaps they wouldn't have picked for themselves. And, volunteers win by having a structured and manageable way to make a difference in the life of a child. I am a mom of two and work full time - I see my time with Everybody Wins! as a great investment. In addition, having the chance to work with the same child for consecutive school years really lets me see how my reading buddy has grown and improved his reading and comprehension skills.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing a child who at the start of the year didn't want to miss recess time actually tell me PowerLunch day was the best day of the week.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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