We are fortunate to have wonderful supporters who help New Haven Reads to achieve our goals. If you would like to discuss ways you can support New Haven Reads and the services we provide, please contact Fiona at Fiona@newhavenreads.org.
Here are some ways that you can help support New Haven Reads.
So you want to raise funds for New Haven Reads:
Excellent! New Haven Reads depends completely on grants and donations to fund all of its programs, so raising money is a very effective way to help our organization directly. New Haven Reads will put your money where it is most needed. Here are some things to think about as you plan your project:
- Come up with a goal amount for fundraising, keeping in mind the duration and environment of your project. Who is your target audience? Keep your goal realistic, yet challenging.
- Plan a way to collect the money. Keep careful records of funds received and make copies of any checks, which can be made out to New Haven Reads.
- Use a sign-up sheet to both keep records of cash donors and open communication with New Haven Reads.
- After you complete your application, a staff member will discuss your goals and expectations with you.
So you want to have a children’s book drive:
Great! New Haven Reads distributes over 100,000 free books a year thanks to the donations we receive from faithful patrons and organizations like you. A few questions and tips for your upcoming project:
- We almost always have more than enough adult books but never enough children’s books. Please consider collecting children’s books for your book drive. Our most popular titles include Junie B. Jones, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Magic Tree House, and The Berenstain Bears.
- What is your goal number of books to collect? How will you manage collection and drop-off? New Haven Reads does not currently have the capacity to pick up book donations.
- After you complete your application, a staff member will discuss with you the implementation of your book drive.
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So you want to recruit volunteers:
Wonderful! We always need volunteers. Volunteers help with book sorting and packing, monitoring the front desk, and tutoring. We currently have a wait list of over 200 children who all need volunteer tutors. The minimum commitment for one-on-one tutoring is one hour per week for at least one school semester. We are very flexible and work closely with our volunteers to make sure that scheduling and tutor/student pairings are optimal for everyone involved. A few points to ponder as you plan a recruiting event:
- Who is your target audience? Will the volunteers you recruit work best with tutees or with books?
- Having someone at your event with firsthand experience as an NHR volunteer will give prospective volunteers extra insight.
- Make sure you have an accurate way to record prospective volunteers’ information so that NHR staff can follow up with them in a timely manner.
- After you complete your event application, an NHR staff member will discuss with you details of your recruitment effort.