One West Virginia, non-profit literacy organization has been selected by a major shipping retailer to expand its educational resources and outreach.
Since 1986, “Read Aloud West Virginia” has made it its mission to change the Mountain State’s literacy culture by stimulating students’ interest in books and reading.
In celebration of UPS Store’s Toy for Tots Literacy Program 10-year anniversary, the retailer donated $100,000 in grant monies to 10 various organizations alike, Read Aloud being one of them.
Read Aloud West Virginia Communications Director, Dawn Miller said, “we made it all the way through the process, out of all the organizations around the country, and when you look at the list, there’s little West Virginia and it’s a home-grown organization and I think West Virginians should be really proud of that. It’s something right, something good.”
Nearly one-thousand applications were submitted. Read Aloud West Virginia Executive Director Mary Kay Bond said Kanawha County volunteer Lesley McCallister saw an email about the competition and nominated Read Aloud. Bond says it’s “thrilling” and “a real tribute to the work our volunteers have done.”
Each organization will receive $10,000 to be used for the purchase of new, scholastic books for students and volunteers state-wide to enjoy.
Read Aloud West Virginia is always actively looking for more volunteers. If interested, their website provides a list of dates for orientation, you can give them a call at (304) 345-5212, or reach them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.