East Bay Gives

East Bay Gives, the 24-hour online giving event is Tuesday May 3 only. Consider donating at EastBayGives.org. Minimum donation is $20.

Leverage your monetary gift with a chance at prize money for Read-Aloud by giving at any time (each nonprofit with a donation in a single hour is entered in a random drawing worth $250 – $500).

Thanks for your support, be it time, word-of-mouth, books or money.

Read-Aloud’s 20th Anniversary Celebration 9/12/2015 (11 am – 3 pm)

2015 marks Read-Aloud’s 20th Anniversary; we started at Downer Elementary in 1995!

Join us in celebrating at Downer Elementary (1231 18th St. San Pablo) on September 12, from 11 – 3pm, with a Literacy Festival!

Los Cenzontles youth band (Noon – the gym)
Stomper – the A’s mascot (11:30 – 1:30 pm)
Authors Hilda Robinson (Didn’t We Have Fun!) and Elisa Kleven (The Paper Princess) (1 – 2 pm)
Puppet Show by White Pony Express (11 – 2 pm)
Free books (Read-Aloud, White Pony Express, West County Reads, Tandem)
Free stuffed animals (White Pony Express)

Thank you to our partners:
White Pony Express Free General Store
West County Reads
Hilltop YMCA
San Pablo Police Department
Contra Costa Child Care Council
Principal Marco Gonzales and Downer Elementary School

Thank you to our sponsors:
Superintendent Bruce Harter and the West Contra Costa County Unified School District
City of San Pablo
Kaiser Permanente (Community Benefits)

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Orientation + Training

Read-Aloud is starting up again soon!

Volunteer Orientation is Wednesday, September 23, 2015 from 10:30 am – 12:30pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Road, Kensington CA 94707
Please RSVP to 510-237-0735 or info@read-aloud.org

Volunteer Training will be the week of Sept. 28 – Oct. 1, 2015 (Monday through Thursday), you will be contacted by your Coordinator as to the time and day, it will likely be the same day and ~ the same time as your reading session.

Fundraising at dd’s DISCOUNTS 8/8 – 9/1

dd’s DISCOUNTS at Hilltop Plaza (3700 Klose Way, Richmond CA 94806) is helping Read-Aloud Volunteer Program fundraise! Starting Saturday 8/8 and lasting through 9/1, dd’s DISCOUNTS is collecting donations that will go directly toward new books from @FirstBook. We will be on hand at the store Saturday, August 8 from 10 – noon to spread the word.

East Bay Gives – May 5

All day Tuesday, May 5, 2015 is the 24 hour donation event benefiting local non-profits, known as East Bay Gives 2015.

Please plan on donating to the Read-Aloud Volunteer Program. Our “We Give” link.

Last year Read-Aloud raised over $3,000 in a “We Give” campaign.

N.B. This year the “We Give” Campaign is sponsored through the East Bay Community Foundation, thank you to EBCF!

Read-Aloud Volunteer Orientation

East Bay children’s book author, Gary Soto was a featured speaker at the annual Read-Aloud Orientation and Training for new and returning volunteers, held on Tuesday, Sept 16, 2014.

Mr. Soto and his wife and co-presenter, Carolyn Oda, shared their experiences with story-telling and rituals for young children at the orientation and training.

Born in Fresno, California to Mexican-American parents, Gary Soto is an acclaimed poet, adult and children’s book writer. Several of his books have been translated into French, Spanish, Korean, and Italian. “Too Many Tamales” was named a Booklist Books for Youth Editors’ Choices of 1993. The Soto family lives in Berkeley, California. The Gary Soto Literary Museum opened at Fresno City College in February 2011.

A special thank you to our community partner,
Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley
for hosting this event.

Reader and Student


Volunteer Appreciation Event a Success!

Thanks to all who participated in our annual Volunteer Appreciation Event on Friday, April 25, 2014. Read-Aloud staff and board members, school principals, and partner organizations joined together to celebrate our dedicated volunteers.

Many thanks to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley for hosting our event.

Thank you to our event co-chairs Gail Jones and Noemi Gallardo, Read-Aloud staff, and board members, and everyone who attended this celebration.