Our Successes

  • Volunteer Handbook Wiki

    Physical handbooks are hard to update continuously, so we have moved to an online wiki version, located at https://read-aloud.myxwiki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Volunteer%20Policies%20and%20Procedures/

  • Youth Literacy Fundraiser

    This is the last week of the Youth Literacy Fundraiser hosted by dd’s DISCOUNTS in Richmond, which grants Read-Aloud credit at FirstBook Marketplace from customer donations.  Thank you to everyone who has donated, and to the dd’s DISCONTS employees at the 3700 Klose Way store who have solicited donations for Read-Aloud!

  • New School Year

    Read-Aloud is preparing for a new school year!  Our Annual Conferences are on Tues. Aug 29th, 10:30-12:30 or Thurs. Sept 17th, 1:30-3:30 pm (both at UUCB).  Please RSVP to  info@read-aloud.org or (510) 237-0735 to let us know that you are attending either one.  Attendance of a Conference is mandatory, but we will be putting together a make-up session, likely on Sept 25th at the office. Reminder, the schools most in need of volunteers are Dover, Downer and Montalvin.

  • 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!

  • 2017-18 Annual Review posted!

    Our number crunching is over, and we have posted our Annual Review and uploaded the briefer Snapshot for the 2017-18 program year. Enjoy perusing!

  • 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.