REACH, Inc.


REACH, Inc.'s mission to the promote literacy for children who are at-risk and homeless throughout Coastal Virginia.

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REACH has been providing services for nineteen years throughout Coastal Virginia and currently devotes 94% of its operating budget directly to programs. Since 2012, REACH Inc. has supported the literacy needs of over 6,000 new and returning children and distributed over 95,000 books valued at over $350,000.
In FY 2016-2017 REACH:
- Provided 402 Read-Aloud sessions, utilizing volunteers who contributed over who volunteered 1,600 read-aloud hours and read 1,206 stories to their young listeners.
- Distributed 18,734 new and gently used books throughout the greater Hampton Roads area.
- Provided a total of 1,225 individuals who volunteered 4,050 hours to support our mission through special events, fundraising, and shelter/community read-aloud programs.
- Served 1,676 diverse new and returning children in read-aloud programs whose demographics were: 87% Black/African American, 6% white/Caucasian, and 4% Hispanic/Latino; 45% being male; 67% between the ages of five and eight; 30% engaged directly through a homeless/domestic violence shelter. We are proud to note that all of this has been accomplished with only two full-time staff members!

I'm a REACH Read Aloud Reader and while visiting one of our partner shelters, I decided to bring some extra Christmas themed books for the children. A four year old little girl walked up to me and asked, "What is in your red bag? I said, "I'm delivering books for Santa. Do you want a couple of books?" "Yes!" she exclaimed and chose Cinderella and Frozen. With great excitement, she held them up and showed them to one of the shelter workers and said, "I knew Santa would find me!"