Hello Reading to Kids Volunteers!
We had great Reading Clubs last weekend, thanks to the efforts of
193 dedicated volunteers, including a team
of fantastic Site Coordinators and Training Coordinators. I met
with some of these volunteers at an Operations Committee meeting last night, and
I want to extend a special "Thank You" to all of them for their incredible
commitment, since they strive to ensure an excellent volunteer experience
for the rest of us each and every month.
We had 721 kids in attendance, including 208 at Gratts
Elementary, which celebrated six years of partnership with Reading to Kids in
June. This month's Gratts attendance is a record: it's the
highest number of children who have EVER
come out for a Reading Club at Gratts! Congratulations, Gratts!
For a complete list of last month's volunteers, please
click here. And,
please RSVP soon for next month's Reading Clubs on July
9th -- the theme (appropriately enough) is "Independence and Growing
Up." You can
click here to sign up!
They'll Do Your 'Do for Free!
Last week, we announced a special promotion this month at the
Vaksberg Salon: Irene Vaksberg and
her team of stylists have organized a book drive benefiting Reading to Kids!
From now until June 30th, anyone who brings three to five books to the
salon will receive a haircut absolutely free
-- call (323) 934-1560 to make an appointment! And on June 26th, Irene and her colleagues will be
hosting a Cut-a-Thon all day long, followed by a "Chix-N-Art" reception
featuring musician Jennifer Vasquez
and local artists whose work is on display in the Vaksberg gallery. The
reception begins at 7:00 p.m. and one book gets you in the door!
Please join us in supporting this community-minded local business!
Westlake Fire Victims Update
You may remember from last week's Update that an apartment fire on June 5th
left eleven Esperanza Elementary families without a home. I wanted to
thank volunteers who brought donations to the Reading Clubs last Saturday -- I
dropped the donations at Esperanza Elementary today, and they will be
distributed to the families who were affected.
Please note: the American Red Cross of Greater
Los Angeles will continue to financial contributions but will not be
accepting donated goods or clothing, contrary to the information we received
last week. Donations may be made over the phone at (213) 739-5267, or mailed to
Financial Development at 2700 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles 90045, or made
online at The Red Cross of Los
The shelter for the victims of the fire closed at noon on Sunday, June 12,
2005. The shelter had been operated by the American Red Cross of Greater Los
Angeles since the night of the fire and served as home for up to 71 residents who
had nowhere to go following the fire. Once the shelter closed, residents who
still had nowhere to go were provided commercial lodging as part of the disaster
relief services provided by the American Red Cross. Since the night of the
disaster, the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles has committed nearly
$70,000 to help these victims.
Thank You, Stanford Alums!
On June 11th, the Stanford Alumni Community Service Club (CSC) sent
14 volunteers to Esperanza Elementary School
for the Reading Clubs. Stanford Alums comprised nearly 30% of our
volunteers at Esperanza! To check out the
Stanford Alumni CSC, please
here for more information.
Hey, all you Cal, UCLA, USC, and other alumni groups: think you can match the
volunteer superpower of Stanford? Get your fellow alums to join you on July 9th
for a little face-off!
Join us next month to see what happens!
Reading to Kids
1600 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 479-7435 (FAX)