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May 3, 2018

Volunteers are Helping Make Charlotte a Better Place

For Immediate Release

Contact:

Sharon Harrington

Executive Director, Reading Partners Charlotte

(704) 618-4398  | sharon.harrington@readingpartners.org

READING PARTNERS VOLUNTEERS STRENGTHEN CHARLOTTE IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS — HERE ARE THE TOP 5

For over four decades, National Volunteer Week has given nonprofits an opportunity to recognize the invaluable support of volunteers that help fuel their work. In celebration of National Volunteer Week in 2018 (April 15-21), Reading Partners Charlotte created a list highlighting the top five ways its volunteers make the community stronger and better.

Top 5 Reasons Reading Partners Volunteers Make Charlotte a Better Place

  1. Volunteers drive student impact – Volunteers are working one-on-one with 300 students this year in Charlotte to help deliver meaningful results for kids (last year, nearly 80% of Reading Partners’ Kindergarten through second-grade students in Charlotte mastered key foundational reading skills needed to read at grade level).

  2. By promoting educational equity, volunteers strengthen the broader community – Everyone benefits in the long run when student literacy achievement is bolstered. Students who don’t read proficiently by fourth grade are four times more likely to drop out of school. It’s estimated that every student who walks out of the classroom without a diploma costs our society $260,000 in lost earnings, taxes, and productivity.

  3. Volunteers serve as a resource multiplier – Because Reading Partners engages so many community volunteers in their work, the program is more affordable for schools to implement than other literacy interventions. For every dollar invested in reading partners, the program delivers more than $2 in resources to students.

  4. Volunteers support strong public schools – Thanks to the involvement of 400 community tutors in Charlotte, 100% of teachers report Reading Partners is valuable to their school.

  5. Volunteers help bring joy to learning – Students feed off of the energy and excitement of Reading Partners’ volunteer tutors. In Charlotte, 95% of volunteers are satisfied with their tutoring experience and that enthusiasm helps students develop a lifelong love of reading that is key to success in school and beyond.

Our volunteers are like beacons of light helping our students navigate a path to success,” said Sharon Harrington, Executive Director of Reading Partners Charlotte. “We are so grateful for their commitment and dedication.”

Reading Partners is a national nonprofit that collaborates with community volunteers and local public schools in Charlotte and in 13 other regions across the country to equip students with the foundational skills they need to be able to read at grade level by fourth grade.

In an effort to strengthen the literacy skills of as many students as possible, Reading Partners Charlotte is constantly looking for more local volunteers to commit just an hour a week to work individually with children who struggle with reading. To become a volunteer with Reading Partners, please visit readingpartners.org/volunteer today.

Reading Partners volunteers work one-on-one with students. (Photo credit: Reading Partners)

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About Reading Partners

Reading Partners empowers students to succeed in reading and in life by engaging community volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring. Since its founding, the national nonprofit organization has provided proven, individualized literacy tutoring to nearly 45,000 elementary school students in under-resourced schools across ten states and the District of Columbia. Visitreadingpartners.org to learn more about our program impact, or connect with us on FacebookLinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

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