Dear Friends of Reading to Kids,
Kirstin Harper-Smith, one of our volunteer Site Coordinators at
Gratts, was recently
featured in this article in the LA Times as a senior project manager helping to build downtown Los Angeles!
Join her and sign up today to read to the
next generation of scientists and engineers at our "Wonders of Science & Technology" reading clubs on
November 12th. We
still need 229 more volunteers!
sign up, spread the word by joining our
November 12th Facebook Event!
November 12th is also College Spirit Day, so represent your alma mater by wearing your school gear! Let's inspire these young students to have a love of reading and an excitement for higher education!
COLLEGE GIVE-AWAY ITEMS NEEDED
We want to give each child who attends our November 12th reading clubs something small with a college insignia on it.
If you can obtain college-related items, stickers are always a hit with the younger kids. For the older kids we like to give them pins/buttons, pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. But really, anything with a college logo will help plant the seeds of college interest.
If you work at or have a connection with a college, please help us by asking for a donation of items with that college's insignia. If you like, you can
click this link for a request letter/email you can send.
Great sources of items with your college's logo are the
athletic department and the bookstore!
To "sponsor" one grade at one school, we need about 40 of one item. To sponsor all of one grade at all 8 schools, then we need about 300 of one item. And anything in between would be very helpful!
2016 ANNUAL FUND DRIVE UPDATE!
The 2016 Annual Fund Drive is off to a great start with $7,073 donated from 124 donors!
Those who have donated can see their names listed on our
2016 Annual Fund Drive page. If you have not yet donated, please donate today so we can add your name there, too.
Our Annual Fund Drive lasts until December 31st, and our goal this year is to raise $50,000 from 500 donors. Please help us meet that goal by spreading the word to your friends and co-workers!
How Can You Help?
1) Make a pledge to donate by check or
online. Contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated!
2) Show your support by asking friends and family to contribute!
Look under the "Help us Fundraise!" header
our handy donor sheet
for raising money with your friends and co-workers,
a sample email you can easily personalize, and
tips for fundraising.
Also, if your workplace matches donations to nonprofits, please share with them your donation, and ask them to consider matching it. In this way you
double your donation and share with others your enthusiasm for Reading to Kids!
MARATHON RUNNERS WANTED!
Are you a runner? Do you know any runners? Please ask them to run for a reason by joining Team Reading to Kids in next year's 2017 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday, March 19th!
The dollars our runners raise support our monthly reading clubs. If you or a runner you know is interested in becoming one of our fundraising runners or creating a fundraising team, please email Chris Martin at email@example.com!
IMPORTANT NOTE: To register to run on behalf of Reading to Kids, you MUST receive from us a special web address to use when registering on the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon website.
THANK YOU YAHOO EMPLOYEE FOUNDATION!
For the second year in a row we are delighted to thank the
Yahoo Employee Foundation (YEF) for another very generous grant of $20,000 to support
Reading to Kids!
YEF is a corporate advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and their grant will go towards helping all of our volunteers share their enthusiasm for reading with the thousands of children we read to every month. Please
tweet them at
@YahooEF and thank them for their generous support again this year!
We especially thank Reading to Kids volunteer
Eileen Scahill for being our Yahoo Employee Champion for this donation!
SUPPORT US VIA RALPHS GROCERY STORE,
ESCRIP, & AMAZONSMILE
Did you know you can support Reading to Kids just by shopping at the grocery store or using your credit card?
and Ralphs both have programs that
are NO COST ways for you to donate to Reading to Kids.
All you have to do is go online and register your grocery cards.
When you use those cards at a participating store or service provider,
the store will donate a percentage of your purchases to Reading to Kids!
Click here for simple instructions on how to sign up or renew! Note if you have previously signed up: You have to renew your registration each year, so please renew again for this year!
Do you shop on
Amazon.com? If you shop using
AmazonSmile, they will donate 0.5% of your purchases to Reading to Kids!
Click here for easy directions on how to start using AmazonSmile!
Thanks, and we wish you a happy Halloween on Monday!