November 8, 2016
The giving spirit: volunteers are more likely to donate time and resources
At Reading Partners, we know that the efforts of one individual can make a difference. We see it every day as volunteers around the country visit our reading centers to support students who are working toward becoming strong readers. Volunteers are at the heart of what we do. Without them, our students wouldn’t have the one-on-one support they need to catch up in reading and get back on track for success in school. Without them, we wouldn’t be Reading Partners.
Our 14,000 volunteers come from all walks of life and live all over the country, but as we work with them in our reading centers each week and see them grow as tutors and mentors, it’s clear that they all have a few things in common.
Which is why we weren’t surprised to learn from a study on Volunteering and Civic Life in America conducted by the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) that people who volunteer are twice as likely to donate to charity than people who don’t volunteer. In fact, the study shows that over 62 million Americans volunteered last year, and almost 80 percent of those same people also made a donation to charity.
There is a lot of good being done in this country by a lot of people who believe that progress and change are possible. At Reading Partners, we’re proud to work alongside so many volunteers who demonstrate how one hour a week, or a few dollars a month, can help build a movement to end the literacy crisis in our country and ultimately build a better future for all of us.
Through moments of divisiveness or conflict in our country, we can draw hope from the generous and giving spirit we see in people who volunteer or give back to the causes that better our communities.
As an organization, one of our guiding beliefs is that together, we are better. And no one has proved that as much as those who serve with us.
We know that a generous gift for one person may look very different from a generous gift for another person. But it all helps. Every hour, every dollar, brings us closer to a world where all children in the United States have the reading skills they need for a bright future. Some people have more time than money, and some people have more money than time, but the commitment to our students is something we all share.
During this pivotal moment in our nation’s history, we invite you to join our community of changemakers and help our youngest citizens build the reading skills they need to succeed in school and in life. If we help the nine million struggling readers in our elementary schools today, there will be a lot more young adults graduating from high school tomorrow, ready to foster stronger communities.