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Phone: 215-279-7450
325 Chestnut St.
Suite 903

Philadelphia
19106
USA
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Direct beneficiaries per year: 3800

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Sort and shelve children's books at our Book Bank.
Read a children's book aloud onto tape for our books-on-tape program that helps teach children to read.
Work as a reading coach after-school or in a day care.

Geographic areas served: Philadelphia

Mission:
To strengthen the literacy skills of Philadelphia’s youngest and neediest school children by providing mentors and resources to in-school, after school and summer programs.
Results:
Book Bank has distributed over 45,ooo children’s books to teachers in the last year.

Summer Reads had 24 sites serving 700 children developing literacy skills in a “Growing Peaceful Communities” curriculum.

Power Partners has 40 classes of 1st-3rd grade public school children visiting 30 companies weekly for indiviual reading coaching. It serves over 1000 kids with over 1700 corporate volunteers.

Reading Olympics is a city-wide competition for students in 4th thru 8th grade which promotes reading and teamwork. Last year there were 1700 students from 91 public, private and parochial schools.

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10/01/14
Philadelphia Reads is a fantastic organization. Their Power Partners program, which matches inner city students with volunteers at companies throughout the city for one hour of reading per week, is one of the best examples of volunteer based public service that I've encountered. They bring the ... more »
02/20/11
I have volunteered several times to sort and shelve books for Philadelphia Reads as part of my company's participation in service days. Each time I have been so impressed with the enthusiasm and dedication of the staff. Seeing the shelves fill up with books that can help hundreds or even thousands ... more »
02/18/11
A wonderful place for teachers throughout Philadelphia to get much needed books and teaching materials for free. Whenever we drop off our elementary school's book collection, the place is buzzing with teachers getting books... more »
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Sort and shelve children's books at our Book Bank.
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