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Review for Reading to Kids, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Reading to Kids is a simple concept - spend some time reading to a small group of elementary school children then give them free books. But the effect is powerful both for the kids and the volunteers. The kids are developing a love for reading that will serve them throughout their lives. The volunteers are making a difference in an underserved part of the city. It's a win-win proposition. At my job, we talk about the WIIFMs - what's in it for me. So let's talk about the WIIFMs for Reading to Kids. What's In It For The Kids o A free book. Even if they wanted to read at home, most of them have no age-appropriate reading material there. One of the teachers at the school where I volunteer said that she taught migrants in the Central Valley and they had more reading material in their homes than her kids do. o A fun experience with reading. Another teacher told me that No Child Left Behind has squeezed all the fun out of reading during the school day. o A more stimulating experience than video games or Saturday cartoons. o Occasional special events that complement the monthly theme like musical performances, magicians and visits from Santa Claus. o A chance to hang out with cool volunteers. What's In It For Volunteers o A chance to make a difference (even a small one) in a child's life. o The glow of children's smiles. o Observing the wonderment of discovery as kids get into the book and the story. o Lots of warm fuzzy or laugh out loud funny moments. o Maybe a special handmade card or present from the kids. o Maybe some exercise from dancing the hokey-pokey or playing duck duck goose. o Breakfast (often with Starbucks coffee) and munchies at lunch. o A chance to hang out with cool volunteers. All of this can be yours for low low price of three hours on one Saturday morning a month. We call that great return on investment.

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

I feel more connected to my community and more committed to its development.

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

everything. I love interacting with the kids, volunteers and teachers. It's magic watching the children enjoy a story that the volunteers are reading.

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

first rate

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

replicate its success in 50 large cities around the country

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Volunteer & I was the site coordinator who managed the reading clubs at one of the schools.