My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Baltimore Reads, Inc., Baltimore, MD, USA
Baltimore Reads goes above and beyond as a literacy program. Not only does this incredible organization offer an array of classes, programs, and workshops to serve individuals at all levels of need, but it also maintains two other sites where literacy is fostered: The Book Bank and Literacy Garden. The Garden is located directly across the street from the St. Ambrose location, and provides fresh herbs and vegetables for its visitors. It is also a lovely spot to relaxingly read a book on a nice day and get some sun. The Book Bank is located downtown, and is set up like a cozy library where you could spend all day sifting through the tons of books they have to offer – completely free for children and at a minimal cost to adults.
Beyond the physical spaces and structured lessons, Baltimore Reads offers another invaluable gift: dedicated staff members and instructors. The men and women working for this organization truly believe in the value of literacy, and enthusiastically share their passions with everyone they encounter. As a service-learning partner with the organization for a semester, I was surprised to see how powerful of an effect this can have. Needless to say, I was moved, and can now clearly understand how they instill a sense of confidence and determination in their students to empower them to reach success.
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