Read-Aloud Volunteer Program Winter 2015 Newsletter

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Exciting news from The Richmond Community Foundation:

The Hellman Foundation has approached the RCF to expand the Grade Level Reading Campaign in West Contra Costa County. RCF is partnering with literacy groups serving Richmond and the East Bay (including Read-Aloud).  These partners will be working on a project together, more news to follow.

Program Coordinator Change:

We say good-bye to Sharon Johnson as she’s moved on to a larger non-profit where she has more opportunities. Thank you for your service and support, Sharon. A current reader at Washington School, Crystal Merrill, graciously agreed to take over the position. She has been a reader with us since 2012, so she is familiar with the program. Please give her a call if you need anything.

It's That Time Again

The Student Evaluations are in their second phase of three, thank you for your help in getting the forms filled out. Foundations require evaluation data for grant applications; they need to ensure that they are getting a good return on their investment.

Winter Fundraising – Thank you! ¡Gracias! Mille Grazie!

The Winter Fundraising Event has been marvelous. Thank you all for your generosity; without your support, our program could not provide books for the home for children and families. The Read-Aloud books support families reading together and growing together.

We're in Demand:

We have three possible new Read- Aloud school sites for 2015-2016, and are actively seeking more volunteers and volunteer hours in 2015. We know that we ask a lot of our readers, but if you can, please consider more hours next program year.

Read-Aloud student

Richmond Summer Opportunity:

If you would like to volunteer for a Read-Aloud summer program, please let us know by phone or email. It will last 6-8 weeks, but no details have been finalized. We would like to have a quick head count of those who might be interested in working a summer program.

Harriet and Bobbi, volunteers

Recognition of our Staff

The Board is providing an appreciation dinner for the staff this weekend to thank them for all their hard work.


If you have any ideas where to leave Read-Aloud promotional material or know of any groups that would like a presentation on our work, please let your coordinator or the office know.


Red Oak Opportunity Foundation assists smaller local charitable organizations of the East Bay. They have consistently supported our work. A special award will be presented to one organization during a Founders Cocktail Party from 6-7 pm as the opening event of the ROOF 30th Anniversary Celebration. At seven, smaller grantees will be presented with their grants. Celebrate with Red Oak at the Mira Vista Country Club on Feb 21, 2015 to support ROOF philanthropy. Tickets are $75, the event at 7 is free.

In Memoriam:

Alba Witkin, a generous philanthropist to the program, died on Dec. 26, at the age of 95. The Foundation that she and her husband established worked toward social justice and improvement of society. More recently funding focused on the health, education, and enrichment needs of young children and foster children. Her obituary can be viewed in Berkeleyside.


We also say good-bye to some of our readers, Lucille Miles, Jean Lipton, and Nancy Lambert, three women who were very generous with their time and support of the program. We are very grateful to them for all they did to change the lives of children.

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