Thank you Readers!

The program year has ended and we thank our Readers for another successful year! Our volunteers are our life’s blood, we could not do this without you. Muchas Gracias, Merci beaucoup, mille grazie!

Summer Program

If you want to read to small groups of kids over the summer (June 18th-August 8th) at a city of Richmond summer camp (Camp Achieve), please sign up here.

We’ll be at Nevin Community Center & Verde Elementary (summer location of Shields-Reid Community Center) on Tuesdays, and Booker T. Anderson Community Center & Parchester Community Center on Fridays.

This program is made possible through sponsorships from the City of Richmond’s Community Services Department, the West Contra Cost Ed Fund and with book support from West County Reads. Thank You!

dd’s DISCOUNTS/First Book

For the third year in a row, dd’s DISCOUNTS in Richmond made Read-Aloud the recipient of its Youth Literacy Fundraiser in August!

This year, dd’s DISCOUNTS raised over $3,100 for Read-Aloud, that we get to use as credit at First Book Marketplace.

Thank you to all who donated, the dd’s DISCOUNTS staff who hosted us and promoted us, and First Book, for helping put this together!

Thank You UUCB!

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley has been a long time supporter of Read-Aloud, and in September, we received the Good Neighbor offering, for the third year in a row!

On top of the donations, we also hosted our two large annual orientations at the church, at no cost, in September.

We asked a Read-Aloud Volunteer who is also a member of the church to present Rev. Schmidt with a Certificate of Appreciation for all the support that UUCB has given us over the years.

Donation from Free Books For Kids

This week Free Books For Kids gave Read-Aloud boxes of books!  Thank you so much!  Free Books for Kids is a non-profit that buys books that would have been pulped and donates them to partners that distribute the books to kids.  We are proud and thankful to be recipients of some of the over 100,000 books that Free Books For Kids has given out.

dd’s Discounts

Thank you to dd’s Discounts, Richmond for hosting a fundraiser for us again this year.  For the 3rd year in a row, they have solicited donations from customers for Read-Aloud.  They team up with FirstBook, Read-Aloud gets those donations as book credit!  Many thanks, I hope we can continue this relationship.

September Orientations

Orientations are scheduled for either :

Thursday, Sept. 6 2:30-4:30 pm or Tuesday, Sept. 25 10:30 am -12:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Rd., Kensington 94707

There will be monthly make-up orientations thereafter at the Read-Aloud office.  The first one is on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 10-noon.

Book Give-Aways

In the last two weeks, Read-Aloud has given 600+ new and gently used books to Lake and Downer Elementary schools for book giveaway events! Thank you for the donations that made this possible, especially to Half Price Books, Berkeley and Kit Eakle.