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EVERYBODY WINS-IOWA INC

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services, Philanthropy, Primary & Elementary Schools, Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: To increase children’s success in school through reading and mentoring experiences with caring volunteers.

Results: As of June 30 2018, our data for the 2017-2018: # of students served: 896 # of volunteer hours: 12,329 # of books read- 21,951 # of pages read- 551,783 Number of Active Mentors: 816

Target demographics: students

Direct beneficiaries per year: 896 students, 98% maintained or improved their reading skills!

Geographic areas served: Central Iowa

Programs: Everybody Wins! Iowa is a literacy and mentoring non-profit organization that increases children’s opportunities for success in school and life through one-on-one reading experiences with caring adult volunteers.

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29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked for this organization for over 6 years! I love our mission and what we do for kids in the community!

1 aladd12

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Everybody Wins Iowa for over 10 years and it is such a rewarding experience. Knowing you have a direct impact on a such a critical skill like reading is fulfilling. It's a very well run and organized program!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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EverybodyWinsIowa 07/02/2020

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Rachel S.5

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've served on the board and have volunteered for this organization for many years. They do such important work, and I'm impressed to hear they are going to keep program going in some sort of fashion despite all of the challenges of this year. I highly recommend involvement with Everybody Wins! Iowa.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Awesome organization that truly makes a difference in the lives of children in Central Iowa. I would highly recommend becoming a mentor for this great organization!

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EverybodyWinsIowa 07/02/2020

Thanks for your review, Rachel!

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Emily F.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Everybody Wins for 4 years and I love reading with my paired student! I have now now had the opportunity see behind the scenes as a member of a committee supporting the organization. Great people and great organization committed to the students it serves!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Everybody Wins for 3 years now - and I love reading with my paired student! To watch her grow in her love of reading has been great and I am not sure that it would have happened without the help of Power Read. She has become a more confident and enthusiastic reader. I am excited to start this year's reading off this month, and I am sure she is, too!

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EverybodyWinsIowa 07/02/2020

Thanks for the review, Emily!

Tracy S. P.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Everybody Wins Iowa for several years now, and in a variety of ways, and each year I'm more impressed. The staff is incredibly supportive and committed to making a significant difference in children's lives. The mentoring portion is just a important as the literacy aspect, and the staff are creative in suggesting ways to connect with students for a positive outcome. Everybody Wins makes it fun and easy to make a difference in our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started mentoring with Every Wins! Iowa a little over a year ago, and it's just been a joy. It's fun to get out in the community and share my love of reading with so many young students. Some are just learning to read and love having books read to them. Others are good little readers but really enjoy the encouragement and support of a mentor. Whether I'm reading in a 6-week summer program or spending a half hour or so with a student each week during the school year, I know I'm guaranteed to make a new little friend that will happily spend some time with me wrapped up in a good book. As an added bonus, the program is flexible and accommodates small interruptions from things like appointments and vacations, and the staff is always accessible.

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EverybodyWinsIowa 07/02/2020

Thanks for the review, Tracy!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was blessed to work as a site coordinator with Everybody Wins! Iowa for two or three years. Being someone who got through school because of the strong reader I became through having great reading mentors, this program was a great experience, working with mentors and mentees as we built relationships and read aloud to one another. I loved the reading, I loved the relationships. Now that I teach full time I have taken my EWI experiences with me into the classroom and become the biggest cheerleader of every struggling reader at my school. I hope to get actively involved with EWI again soon!

2 knorvell

Board Member

Rating: 5

Reading with a child is such a rewarding experience, particularly getting to watch them grow in their confidence and in their enjoyment reading. It's also rewarding to form a relationship with your mentee and get to know them better. The best part is it's only 45 minutes per week during lunch, so I don't have to commit time after work and can use my lunch break to make a big difference in someone's life!

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EverybodyWinsIowa 07/02/2020

Thank you for your review Kim!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Spending time reading and bonding with my buddy has been the most rewarding experience I've had in a long time. It's easy to see progress in my student, without having to have "expertise" in teaching reading skills - just a genuine love for reading and helping children in need. It's also an easy time commitment - just one lunch break per week.

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EverybodyWinsIowa 07/02/2020

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2 Tammy B.9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so happy to be a part of this organizations which is working to increase a child's success through reading. Having the one-on-one interaction with a student is so rewarding for all involved.

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EverybodyWinsIowa 07/02/2020

Thank you for your review Tammy!

1 Nina Socarras P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization providing service toward a great cause, our youth. I have been a mentor going on four years and I have seen the value of this organization for children who struggle with reading and/or need a mentor/role model in their lives. I definitely see the value in helping children with reading.

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EverybodyWinsIowa 07/02/2020

Thanks for your review, Nina!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Everybody Wins! Iowa is an amazing organization! I'm just starting my forth 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!

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EverybodyWinsIowa 07/02/2020

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

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EverybodyWinsIowa 07/02/2020

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've mentored with Everybody Wins for about 5-6 years. It is such an easy organization to work with. Despite the minimal time commitments required, you can still see how impactful the time spent with the students can be. It is an enjoyable experience for both mentor and student.

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EverybodyWinsIowa 07/02/2020

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a reading mentor with EWI for close to 9 years. I've been paired with several students over the years and get so much joy in seeing their reading improvement throughout the school year. Having the one-on-one interaction is so valuable for many of these students who aren't getting that level of personal attention anywhere else. Reading is so important for overall success in school and life, and I'm more than happy to share my time helping these students succeed as well as understand that reading can be such a fun pastime.

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EverybodyWinsIowa 07/02/2020

Thanks for the review, Amanda!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for 10 years with the organization. Reading with a student one hour a week is such a rewarding and effective use of time. Building a one-one relationship with a student and seeing them improve their reading skills over the year is so wonderful!.

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EverybodyWinsIowa 07/02/2020

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Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

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EverybodyWinsIowa 07/02/2020

Thank you for kind review, Ethan! We appreciate everything you do for us.

2 Pamela B.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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EverybodyWinsIowa 07/02/2020

Thank you for the review Pamela!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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EverybodyWinsIowa 07/02/2020

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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EverybodyWinsIowa 07/02/2020

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2 John Lewis B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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EverybodyWinsIowa 07/02/2020

Thank you for the kind review, John!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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EverybodyWinsIowa 07/02/2020

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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EverybodyWinsIowa 07/02/2020

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2 Connie Meents K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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EverybodyWinsIowa 07/02/2020

Thank you for the kind review, Connie!