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
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 20-3526239
617-517-9747
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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  

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  

1 person found this review helpful

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  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I am an honorary board member for this organization. The character of my website MrsP.com also promotes reading and books. Working with Everybody Wins! USA we have partnered together to have Mrs. P read to large groups of kids at schools in N.Y. and L.A. and provide bookmarks and books for the school libraries. We also worked together to create a Public Service Announcement to promote the message and value of reading to a child. We continue to work together on various social networking campaigns that showcase the importance of literacy. Everybody Wins! USA are amazing partners and a true joy to work with. They are very creative and very collaborative.

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

I have received wonderful letters from the children about how much they loved having a book read to them. You really feel the difference you have made by volunteering your time. Their motto Everybody Wins is so true.

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

their creative thinking and collaborative nature

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

amazing and so dedicated

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

expand to be in every State and help every child be a reader

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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