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Causes: Education, Libraries, Literacy, Philanthropy, Remedial Reading & Encouragement


Reader to Reader, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to expanding literacy and learning opportunities for the nation’s most chronically underserved and vulnerable communities, including inner-city schools, Native American reservations, and poor rural towns. Reader to Reader accomplishes this primarily through innovative literacy programs, book donation programs, and the development of partnerships with schools districts that extend the boundaries and capacity of the education system to transform struggling students into joyful and engaged lifelong learners.

Results: Over 3,200,000 books shipped nationwide. Over 1,400,000 books shipped to rebuild school libraries devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Over 400 under-resourced schools across the U.S. receive books from the Reader To Reader program throughout their school year. Major Reader To Reader initiatives in Bridgeport, Connecticut; Louisiana, rural Mississippi, Detroit, Michigan; Massachusetts; rural Maine; the Navajo Reservation; and Compton, California. Rural community library initiatives in Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas. Over 300 students across the United States participate in the Reader To Reader Mentoring Program. Computer labs built on the Navajo Reservation. Beyond el Campo program, bringing books and computers to rural Costa Rica.

Target demographics: Low-income children across the U.S., Schools in low-income areas Shelters in the U.S. Community libraries in the U.S. in low-income areas

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: Nationwide School Library Program. Currently in over 400 schools across the United States.Special Book Initiatives:Bridgeport Book Project: Aiding under-resourced school libraries in Bridgeport, Connecticut.Detroit Book Project: Aiding under-resourced school libraries in Detroit, Michigan.Compton Book Project: Aiding under-resourced school libraries in Compton, California.Maine Book Project: Aiding poor rural Maine schools.Massachusetts Book Project: Aiding under-resourced schools in Massachusetts.Louisiana Book Project: Aiding poor schools in rural Louisiana and inner-city New Orleans.Massachusetts Book Project: Aiding over 20 schools in Boston, Holyoke, Springfield, and Worcester, assachusetts.Mississippi Book Project: Aiding 21 of the poorest Mississippi school districts.Native American Book Project: Aiding tribal schools on the Arapaho, Navajo, and Pine Ridge reservations.Historically Black Colleges Book Project: Aiding UNCF historically African-American colleges. Mentoring ProgramsDoris Hiatt Mentoring ProgramThis innovative mentoring program brings together children from low-income backgrounds and college student reading mentors to read books and discuss them online in a specially designed forum. The students not only receive positive feedback and academic support, but also much-needed role models.Navajo Mentoring ProgramThis special program links Navajo high school students with Amherst College student reading mentors to read books and discuss them online in a specially designed forum.In addition, the reading mentors travel to the Navajo reservation in order to work one to one with the students and to learn firsthand about Navajo life and culture.The Navajo students then spend a week at Amherst College learning about the college experience about a wide variety of career options first hand from scientists, doctors, lawyers, writers and artists. The goal of the trip is to motivate them to attend college; to give them an understanding of the college application process; and to help them see that academic achievement in high school is the key to success in college.Computer Donation ProgramDonates reconditioned computers of recent vintage to under-resourced schools.

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Rating: 5

Reader to Reader is an amazing organization! I'm always ready and willing to go to work because I know that what we do is bring books to students across the country, and now internationally. Three years to the day after I started working here I am still in love with this job.

Review from Guidestar


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Reader to Reader is a great organization. They have made a real difference to many schools and libraries. Plus its a great way to give new life to old books.