April 11, 2016
Reading Partners Bay Area shares inspiring volunteerism stories during National Volunteer Week
For Immediate Release
DURING NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK, A VOLUNTEER-LED LITERACY ORGANIZATION IS CELEBRATING THE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN THE BAY AREA FUELING ITS PROVEN IMPACT IN UNDER-RESOURCED COMMUNITIES
(Oakland, CA) April 11, 2016 — Reading Partners is a national nonprofit that collaborates with community volunteers and local public schools in the Bay Area to equip students with the foundational skills they need to be able to read at grade level by fourth grade. The proven early literacy organization has been providing volunteer-led, individualized reading support to students in under-resourced public elementary schools since 1999.
April is National Volunteer Month (and April 10-16 is National Volunteer Week), so Reading Partners is celebrating the tremendous dedication and impact of its thousands of volunteer tutors by sharing a sampling of the uplifting stories playing out every day in Reading Partners reading centers in the Bay Area and across its 14 regions.
Here are a few examples of the countless inspiring stories of high-impact volunteerism taking place in Reading Partners reading centers in the Bay Area:
49 City of Oakland employees commit to making a difference in the lives of local students by volunteering with Reading Partners.
A long-time San Francisco resident has become one of Reading Partners’ most tenured tutors by participating in the program for the last 9 school years.
In the Bay Area, nearly half of all fourth graders are reading behind grade level. Reading is the foundation for all future learning. Without developing the reading skills needed to read on grade level, kids won’t have an equitable chance to succeed in school or in life. With the dedication of more than 14,000 volunteer tutors in the Bay Area and across the US, Reading Partners’ volunteers are helping more than 10,000 students make the all-important shift from learning to read to reading to learn.
“Reading Partners was the most rewarding form of community service I have ever done,” said Ma’ayan Epstein, a Reading Partners tutor in the Bay Area. “I think that I gained just as much from Reading Partners as I gave, because I learned how to relate to students, engage them in different ways, and overall learn to have fun with challenges. I have yet to find another community service opportunity as rewarding as Reading Partners.
Reading Partners San Francisco Bay Area is looking for volunteers to commit to at least an hour a week to work individually with children who struggle with reading at one of these 30 schools.
San Francisco Schools
Alvarado Elementary School, 625 Douglass St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Bessie Carmichael Elementary School, 375 7th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Bret Harte Elementary School, 1035 Gilman Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124
Cesar Chavez Elementary School, 825 Shotwell St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Cleveland Elementary School, 455 Athens St, San Francisco, CA 94112
Hillcrest Elementary School, 810 Silver Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134
Leonard Flynn Elementary School, 3125 Cesar Chavez St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Los Cerritos Elementary School, 210 W Orange Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080
Monroe Elementary School, 260 Madrid St, San Francisco, CA 94112
Rosa Parks Elementary School,1501 O’Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94115
Sanchez Elementary School, 325 Sanchez St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Sherman Elementary School,1651 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Spruce Elementary School, 501 Spruce Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080
Sunnyside Elementary School, 250 Forester St, San Francisco, CA 94112
Tenderloin Elementary School, 627 Turk St, San Francisco, CA 94109
East Bay Schools
Allendale Elementary School, 3670 Penniman Ave, Oakland, CA 94619
Aspire College Academy, 8030 Atherton St, Oakland, CA 94605
Berkley Maynard Academy, 6200 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94608
Brookfield Elementary School, 401 Jones Ave, Oakland, CA 94603
Caliber Beta Academy, 4301 Berk Ave, Richmond, CA 94804
Cox Academy School, 9860 Sunnyside St, Oakland, CA 94603
EnCompass Academy, 1025 81st Ave, Oakland, CA 94621
Futures Elementary School, 6701 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94621
Hesperian Elementary School, 620 Drew St, San Lorenzo, CA 94580
Hillside Elementary School, 15980 Marcella St, San Leandro, CA 94578
Lazear Charter Academy, 824 29th Ave, Oakland, CA 94601
Learning Without Limits, 2035 40th Ave, Oakland, CA 94601
Riverside Elementary School, 1300 Amador St, San Pablo, CA 94806
Sankofa Academy, 581 61st St, Oakland, CA 94609
Think College Now Elementary School, 2825 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601
About Reading Partners
Reading Partners empowers students to succeed in reading and in life by engaging community volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring. The national nonprofit organization will provide proven, individualized literacy tutoring to more than 10,000 elementary school students in under-resourced schools across ten states and the District of Columbia in 2016. Visit readingpartners.org, or connect with us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook, to learn more.