Read-Aloud update for January 2016
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Happy New Year to our Read-Aloud Family:

This year we look forward to increasing our volunteer numbers. We have been putting a lot of energy into outreach, but the best recruiters are still our volunteer readers. Your enthusiasm and love of the program connects to those you share your experiences with. And on that note, a big thank you to Pat Canson, who arranged an outreach session at a senior center last week. If you have any ideas or know of a group where we can share news about the program, please let the office know.


Thanks to all of you for helping Read-Aloud get the evaluation material in on time. It's crucial to our work and keeping on top of the paperwork helps our evaluator, board member, Nancy Olsen crunch the numbers. Last year's evaluations showed how important the program is to the children and families we serve.

Read Across America Day, Celebrating Dr. Seuss on his Birthday!

On March 2nd the district will be organizing reading aloud activities to students in the schools.

We are collecting gently worn and new copies of any of Dr. Seuss’ books to give to students on his birthday.  If you have any to donate, please give them to your coordinator.  We will also have a book donation box at Mechanics Bank in San Pablo.  Thank you Mechanics!

Volunteer Profiles:

We are updating our website and would love a few more volunteer profiles. It’s simple, just a few things to consider: a little something about yourself and how long have you been with the program. What do you like or love about the work you are doing? A special story or observation you would like to share, and any other information you feel will encourage new readers to join would help, too.  If you have a special photo you would like us to use, send it along with your statement.

Staff and Board Profiles will also be on the website soon as examples.

New Board Members:

We welcome two new members to the Read-Aloud Board this year: Rochelle Monk from the City of Richmond and Akiko Minaga from the Exploratorium in S.F. Rochelle is the chief service officer, supporting communities through the cities of service programs in Richmond, and Akiko brings over ten years of experience in teaching, educational programming, and program management.

Training Sessions:

Now that we are all on board with the new WCCUSD partnership, we will be adding new workshops to the program. The training sessions are being developed and more news on them will follow. Marilyn Nye, the founder of the program, believed strongly in having trained readers and this is in line with the school district’s quality programming.  Read-Aloud is also working on updating the reader handbook. If you have any suggestions for the new handbook, please send your thoughts to the office.

Wanted:  Volunteers who like games of chance!

In May, the East Bay Community Foundation will hold another non-profit fundraising day. It is certainly a tactical fundraiser and we are looking for a few volunteers to help us work on this year’s event. If you like games of chance, we need your logistical help; the foundation plays an ingenious game at these 24 hour events, with prizes and rules changing every hour.

If you know of a company or anyone willing to match our total donations for the 24 hour period, please let us know! 

Winter Fundraiser:

Without your personal contributions and the grants that Read-Aloud receives, we could not continue our work.  Volunteers are at the heart of the program, but funding keeps the doors open. Again, thank you to all that supported the program this year through reading aloud and or giving a donation. We deeply appreciate it!

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