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Brain Builders - Sustainable Giving


Our Brain Builders are Reach Out and Read Kansas City's sustainable givers. This special group of individuals support monthly and provide a vital funding stream when considering programming and staff efforts.


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We recognize Brain Builders here. If you'd prefer not to be publicly thanked, please email reachoutandread@kumc.edu


Volunteer Overview

Would you like to get involved with a great program that helps children throughout our community? Are you interested in making a difference in others' lives that will have true impact? if so, we invite you to become a Reach Out and Read Kansas City Volunteer.

Our volunteers are the backbone of our program, and we are always welcoming new volunteers into the Reach Out and Read family to help share the joy of books with families throughout Kansas City. Check out the many opportunities below to find the best way for you to get involved and be the change you want to see while supporting Reach Out and Read Kansas City.

Volunteer

Host a Book Drive

Reach Out and Ready Kansas City is always seeking new and gently-used children's books to distribute to children in need. What better way to collect these books than by hosting a book drive benefiting Reach Out and Read Kansas City? This is the perfect opportunity to recruit friends, family, colleagues, faith-based organizations, corporations, or civic groups to come together and support early literacy in our community. Reach Out and Read Kansas City will provide all the book drive details and the collection boxes to ensure that your book drive is a huge success. Hosting a book drive is the perfect way to bring together all the people in your life while making a difference for your community. Check out our guidelines and our suggested authors and titles list for ideas. Sign up to host a book drive today.

DUE TO THE PANDEMIC, WE CURRENTLY ARE NOT ACCEPTING GENTLY USED BOOKS.  WE TYPICALLY SHARE THESE BOOKS WITH OUR CLINIC PARTNERS AND THEY ARE NOT ACCEPTING GENTLY USED BOOKS AT THIS TIME.  WE WILL LET YOU KNOW WHEN THIS CHANGES. THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING.

Host a Virtual Book Drive for NEW Books

A virtual book drive is another great option to support Reach Out and Read Kansas City. We have created a virtual book drive that will allow you to purchase your favorite children's book from a large collection of classics in the comfort of your home or office. Check out the latest titles available in our virtual book drive here.

We also have book lists available from Amazon and Bookshop.org.  Share these lists with your friends and have them delivered to the ROR-KC door. Or collect them yourself and visit our office to drop them off.

Amazon Book List

Bookshop.org List 

Event Committee Volunteer

Are you a fun, energetic, and creative individual who enjoys planning different events to benefit a wonderful cause? Reach Out and Read Kansas City wants you!  Help plan fundraising events throughout the year. Events include For the Love of Books Breakfast, Race to Read 5K, and Books On Tap. Or you may want to host your own event to benefit Reach Out and Read Kansas City.  Examples include birthday parties to cocktail parties and everything in between.

Being a member of a major event or hosting your own event is the perfect opportunity to get involved and share your passion for reading. 

Register to help plan Reach Out and Read Kansas City's next event. Or call us with your event ideas! 913-588-2793.

Board Committee Volunteer

Reach Out and Read Kansas City relies on committees to help us successfully run our program. Now you can share your passion for Reach Out and Read Kansas City by joining one of our many committees:

  • Development Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Marketing Committee
  • Fund Development Committee

Share your professional expertise with Reach Out and Read Kansas City and other literacy advocates from our community and support our program. To join a committee or learn more about the current volunteer needs please contact Reach Out and Read Kansas City

Become a Reach Out and Read Partner Clinic

Reach Out and Read Kansas City partners with clinics and health centers throughout the metropolitan area to provide critical early literacy programs and services to low income children birth to age 5. Is your clinic interested in joining our coalition of medical providers?

Eligible clinics must meet the minimum requirements:

1.  Provide regular well-child visits for children birth to age 5.

2.  Serve at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (minimum 50% of the total patient population).

3.  Located in the greater Kansas City Metropolitan area.

4.  Dedicate a trained medical provider to serve as the Reach Out and Read Medical Director and one other staff member to serve as the Reach Out and Read Kansas City Site Coordinator.

*** We are currently revisiting the requirements to join the Kansas City affiliate program. We hope to have this updated by the beginning of our fiscal year, July 1, 2022.

If you have additional questions, please contact Executive Director, Jenny Horsley at jhorsley@kumc.edu or 913-945-6577.


Click here to learn about the next steps to joining the Reach Out and Read Kansas City Coalition and becoming a Reach Out and Read clinic.