I first discovered Everybody Wins! Iowa while working at an event that helps non-profits tackle technology problems in a 48 hour hackathon. Their mission really resonated with me as I greatly enjoyed reading growing up and I was blessed to have my mom as my mentor and being able to read voraciously greatly expanded the possibilities for my future. I've continued to work with them after the event and I'm always impressed with how hard they are working to raise funds to be able to give the kids an opportunity to have a mentor as well as supplying them with a variety of books to read to accommodate all levels of skill from kindergarten through 4th or 5th grade.
When I retired I needed a little more to do than what I was doing. I looked on line for volunteer opportunities and came across Everybody Wins - Iowa! I have been a reading mentor for three years. It is fun to try to find just the right book for my reading friend. He eats lunch. I read. And, we both have a great time enjoying a good book and a good friendship!
I have been a Mentor with Everybody Wins! Iowa for many years. It is so rewarding to see students blossom during their time in the Power Read Program. As a volunteer, the staff makes it easy for me to focus on reading and building a long-term relationship with my student. The materials and support provided help me to be the best mentor I can be. I love being a Mentor with Everybody Wins! Iowa. It's a highlight of my week.
This is an excellent organization. There is a high need for programs like this. I truly enjoy reading with students and helping them improve reading. There are so many dedicated volunteers but could still use more, specifically male mentors. I recommend volunteering to be a reading mentor.
Great program that allows the volunteers to make a real difference in a child's life. Reading at grade level at 3rd grade is a crucial element of educational success.
Everybody Wins! Iowa has to be the easiest and most rewarding way to give back to your community. It only takes one hour reading with your child each week to see a noticeable difference in their reading levels, confidence, and overall well-being. My reading buddy looks forward to updating me on his week and what's going on in school. That has led us to forging a partner reading experience, where we take turns reading out loud instead of just me doing all the talking. I know that means this mentorship has had an impact on him -- and of course, it has had an impact on me, too!
I’ve been a reading mentor with EWI for close to 8 years. I love my weekly lunch date to read with a student. It’s nice to take a break out of my busy day to slow down and share my love of reading with a child.
This Organization makes a huge difference in the Des Moines community by pairing volunteer mentors with children to help increase their reading ability and their overall love of reading.
Everybody Wins! Iowa is an amazing organization! I'm just starting my third year as a Power Read mentor and it's one of my favorite parts of my week! I love getting to know the student I'm paired with over lunch and see them become a more confident reader and develop a passion for reading. This organization is changing lives!
I've been volunteering with Everybody Wins! Iowa for three years now and I cannot say enough good things about this organization! Through my roles volunteering and now participating on this organization's board, I see firsthand what great things EWI does in the community. For two years I read with a young student, and saw him transform from an uncertain learner, to one who now loves to read. This year my student "graduated" out of the program, but I have the chance to begin reading with a new student and starting the journey over.
Everybody Wins makes the volunteer process early, and I find myself looking forward to my lunch hour spent reading each week. Volunteers can even partner to share reading duties if they are concerned about the commitment of a monthly reading program.
I’ve been volunteering for 8 years and have loved every minute. I feel like I’ve built great connections with the students I’ve read with and have had an impact on their lives.
I have been lucky enough to have been part of this worthwhile organization for 10+ years. It is a win/win - reading to a child every week makes such an impact - to both the child and the mentor!