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ieReads

Promoting literacy through volunteerism.

Early Childhood Literacy

In this past inaugural year of ieReads, over 90 volunteers donated 196 hours in helping children enter school ready to succeed.

How Can You Help?

1. Volunteer

Reading with children is a simple way to engage with your community.  When children are read to, they are more likely to read at or above grade level, enjoy reading for fun, and succeed in school.

2. Host a Book Drive

Host an ieReads Book Drive at your workplace, church, or meeting space. This is a fun and easy way to get involved.

3. Give

Every tax-deductible donation makes a real difference for people in our community.

When kids read, they succeed

ieReads promotes early childhood literacy in the Inland Empire through volunteerism. Through story time events and other reading activities, volunteer readers help encourage a love of reading, as well as provide role modeling and mentorship. Our long-term goal is to improve academic success for children in the Inland Empire by ensuring literacy by 3rd grade.

As a community, we can help them reach their full potential!

Children who do not read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade will struggle to learn in subsequent years. 69% of San Bernardino County 3rd graders are not reading at grade level, and this has huge implications for their futures. Reading affects every part of our lives, and our ability to read directly affects academic attainment and is an indicator for future success.  Did you know:

  • 1/5 of high school graduates cannot read their diplomas.
  • Children who do not read are 4 times as likely to drop out of high school.
  • 70% of inmates in America’s prison system cannot read above a 4th grade level.

When kids read, they succeed…and as a community we can help them reach their full potential!

Volunteer Opportunities

Read Across America Day

Read Across America Day is a wonderful opportunity to help children celebrate literacy and reading. If you want to share your love of books with children in the IE, this is a perfect opportunity for you. As a volunteer, you will read to groups of 15-30 children, grades PreK-6th  grade at schools located in the Cucamonga, Fontana, Ontario-Montclair, and Pomona school districts. For more information, please contact iereads@ieuw.org or 909.980.2857 ext. 201

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

ieReads can connect our volunteers with reading opportunities, such as story time events or after-school programs throughout the Inland Empire. For more information, please contact iereads@ieuw.org or 909.980.2857 ext. 201

Host a book drive or donate books

Access to books is of vital importance to literacy growth, and hosting a book drive or donating books is an easy way to give children the tools they need to develop their reading skills. For more information, please contact iereads@ieuw.org or 909.980.2857 ext. 201

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