- Amazon smile ups donation percentage thru Friday
Through Nov 2, AmazonSmile is donating 5% (ten times the usual amount) to Read-Aloud Volunteer Program when you shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/91-1839165. #AmazonSmile #StartWithaSmile
- 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.
- 2016-17 Annual Review
We have posted our 2016-17 Annual Review (see here)! Data is still being collected for this program year; we hope to have the review up by September.
- Possible Summer Programming, Newsletter up
Summer programming with Richmond’s Camp Achieve!
dates: 6/18 – 8/10
time: 10:30 – noon
location(s): Booker T Anderson/Shields-Reid/Parchester Village/Nevin
Possibility of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday.
Also, the latest newsletter is out, Read-Aloud Wrap-Up
Thank you to all the volunteers and donors who made this year possible! We are holding small school site celebrations, you are welcome to attend any (though please RSVP to the coordinator or the office so we may get a head count).
- Coronado (2100 Maine Ave, Richmond) Tuesday 4/24, 12:15-1:15 (2nd floor, Read-Aloud room)
- Dover (1870 19th Street, San Pablo): Tuesday 4/24 and Wednesday 4/25, 11:15-12:15 (in the library)
- Downer (1231 18th Street, San Pablo): Wednesday 5/2 from 9:30-11:30 (2nd floor, Read-Aloud room)
- Montalvin (300 Christine Drive, San Pablo): Friday 4/27, 11:10-12:10 (library)
- Washington (565 Wine Street): Wednesday 4/25 and Monday 4/30, 11:30-12:30 (library)