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Volunteer for our Everybody Wins! Program

Reading Is FUNdamental Pittsburgh, an independent affiliate of Reading is Fundamental, Inc., the oldest and largest children’s and family nonprofit literacy organization in the United States, is seeking volunteers for its Everybody Wins! program. 

Everybody Wins! is a lunchtime literacy and mentoring program that pairs 2nd and 3rd grade students with community volunteers to share lunch, conversation, and good books. Founded in New York City in 1991, and brought to Pittsburgh in 2002, Everybody Wins! is a national organization that recognizes the many benefits of reading aloud to children one-on-one.
Volunteers are matched with a student to read together for one hour each week during a school lunch period. RIF Pittsburgh has space available for volunteers at Pittsburgh King PreK-8 on Tuesdays or Thursdays on the North Side and at Pittsburgh Phillips K-5 on Thursday in the South Side. At Pittsburgh King, lunches run from 11:50-12:25 and 12:35-1:10. The Pittsburgh Phillips lunches run from 11:30-12:20 and 12:30-1:10. Volunteers are welcome to alternate with another individual if scheduling does not permit them to attend each week.
“The Everybody Wins! program is unique in that it combines literacy activities with a mentoring relationship. The program helps students improve their reading attitudes, academic performance and self-confidence.” said Florri Ladov, Executive Director. “Volunteers will see firsthand what a big difference this small commitment can make in the life of a child.”
The benefits of Everybody Wins! are numerous. Students look forward to spending time with their reading mentor each week, and benefit from the encouragement of a caring adult, while mentors enjoy imparting an interest in literature to their student. In two independent evaluations, one under the auspices of the US Department of Education and the other by Loyola University of Chicago, Power Lunch emerged as one of very few programs documented to effectively impact low-income students in reading comprehension, motivation and achievement, as well as overall academic performance, classroom behavior, self-confidence and social skills.
RIF Pittsburgh addresses critical literacy needs in our community by providing children with access to self-selected books, creating positive environments that motivate children to develop a life-long love of reading, and engaging families in literacy practices in the home. Last year, RIF Pittsburgh provided over 64,000 books and motivational reading activities to more than 20,000 of the children who need them the most. Through its programs, RIF Pittsburgh is working to increase the reading opportunities available to economically disadvantaged children and families, in an effort to reduce the literacy gap in our community.