News

December 27, 2023

READ has sent 205  backpacks with school supplies for the children impacted by the recent tornado activity in the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System.

November 15, 2023

Through a a generous donation and partnership with Give the Dream Foundation, READ supplied Lahaina schools with 55 TI84 calculators, over 600 mechanical pencils, pencil lead refills, and graph paper to help local high school students prepare and take the SAT/ACT and AP tests.

August 18, 2023

READ sent 524 packs to assist the students impacted by the recent Lahaina wildfire. The packs consist of a pencil pouch with pencils, colored pencils, an art journal, pencil sharpener and eraser. The Give the Dream Foundation will receive and distribute the packs for READ. Hawaii becomes the 12th state to receive assistance from READ.

August 10, 2023

READ delivered over 300 backpacks in Vermont. Montpelier Roxbury Public Schools, First Branch Unified District, and Ludlow Elementary all received assistance for their students. Special shout out to student volunteer, Ben Manning, for being the impetus to get us to Vermont. Vermont becomes the 11th state to receive READ's help. 

June 24, 2023

READ held its 1st Annual Golf Tournament to raise funds to help students impacted by disasters. Thank you to the players and sponsors in helping READ raise $4,400 to provide backpacks with school supplies to students in need. Save the date of June 17, 2024 for the 2nd Annual Golf Tournament.

May 2, 2023

50 backpacks were shipped to Shawnee Public Schools in Shawnee, OK following a devastating tornado.

April 21, 2023

READ is featured in a news article in the Ojai Valley News.

April 14, 2023

READ announces it will be hosting its 1st Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday June 29, 2023 at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. Registration and sponsorship opportunities may be found on our golf tournament page.

April 13, 2023

100 backpacks were shipped to Amory School District in Amory, MS.

March 2, 2023

20 backpacks were shipped to Cheyenne Public Schools in Cheyenne, OK following tornado activity.

February 6, 2023

500 backpacks have been shipped to Pasadena Independent School District in Pasadena, TX to assist students following tornado activity.

January 23, 2023

85 Backpacks sent to Autauga County Schools in Prattville, AL for students impacted by recent tornado activity.

January 21, 2023

1,350 Backpacks delivered to Planada, CA and Watsonville, CA (Pajaro Valley Unified School District) to assist students impacted by recent flooding.

January 20, 2023

40 Ojai Valley School students and 11 faculty, alumni, and friends packed 2,020 backpacks with school supplies to help students in need following recent floods in Northern California and tornado activity in Alabama.

January 1, 2023

  What a year it has been! On December 26, 2021, READ made its first major response in traveling to Arkansas, Tennessee, and Kentucky to help students impacted by the Mayfield Tornado event. 967 backpacks with school supplies were provided to students in need from that event, raising our total backpacks provided to 1,017 for 2021. While returning home, READ set a goal of doubling our response in 2022. Unfortunately, our work is based on disasters but we are proud to say we achieved our goal!
  READ provided backpacks with school supplies following natural disasters to: Allendale, South Carolina following a tornado, 1,000 backpacks to Easter Kentucky following massive flooding in August, then finally 660 backpacks to Florida following Hurricane Ian. READ also provided 500 backpack for Ukrainian school children following the start of the humanitarian crisis through a partnership with the Refugee Empowerment Project based in Los Angeles. 2,175 children were assisted by READ in 2022.
  In 2023, READ will continue to grow; looking to build partnerships, applying for grants, and working to grow our response model. We know natural disasters will continue to occur due to climate instability and there will always be humanitarian efforts needed. READ will be provide backpacks where needed.

November 15, 2022

READ delivered 360 backpacks with school supplies, plus 30 bags for teachers with supplies, to Lee County Schools in Fort Myers, FL to help those impacted by Hurricane Ian.

October 17, 2022

READ sent school supplies for 300 students to Sarasota County Schools in Florida to help those impacted by Hurricane Ian. 

August 24, 2022

READ responded to the flooding disaster in eastern Kentucky that impacted thousands of students. READ was able to provide 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to Kentucky Education Development Corporation for distribution to those in need. Co-Founder, Anthony Williams, was able to deliver 280 of those backpacks in person to Jenkins Independent School as part of the response. 

August 21, 2022

Volunteers gathered to pack 500 backpacks to help students in eastern Kentucky. That evening, Craig & Anthony delivered 1,000 backpacks to Los Angeles International Airport to be shipped by Southwest Airlines to Kentucky.

June 21, 2022

READ has partnered with Refugee Empowerment Project (REP). READ recently supplied REP with 505 backpacks for distribution to Ukrainian refugee students and they also will be hand delivering some of the backpacks to refugees and asylum seekers local to the Los Angeles area. READ will continue to assist REP in supplying student refugees as needs arise. We are excited to form this relationship with REP and be a part of their organization. To learn more about REP, please visit their website: https://www.refugeeempowermentproject.org

June 7, 2022

505 backpacks were delivered to the Refugee Empowerment Project to assist Ukrainian student refugees. READ looks forward to providing future assistance to this cause.

May 19, 2022

READ will be sending 500 backpacks to help Ukranian student refugees through the Refugee Empowerment Project. READ is piggy backing on the work of Ojai Valley School students who are holding a clothing drive to help the refugees.

April 18, 2022

READ has shipped backpacks to assist students impacted by recent tornado activity in the Allendale County School District in Fairfax, South Carolina.

March 18, 2022

READ has joined up with Southwest Airlines Cargo to provide quick inexpensive shipping options when supplies are needed following natural disasters.

February 18, 2022

READ celebrates its 2nd anniversary! This past year we delivered 1017 backpacks to children in need following tornado disasters and we have 1000 backpacks ready for our next needed response. READ is looking forward to the year ahead to have a greater impact helping children and schools recover from natural disasters. A huge thank you to our donors and volunteers that have helped READ to date!

February 10, 2022

We’re excited to share that our organization has earned a 2022 Platinum Seal of Transparency with Candid! Now, you can support our work with trust and confidence by viewing our #NonprofitProfile: https://www.guidestar.org/Profile/84-4994797


February 5, 2022
Volunteers gathered to assemble 1000 backpacks with school supplies to have on hand for our next disaster response. Thank you volunteers for your efforts.

January 1, 2022
READ raised funds to purchase school supplies and backpacks for 1000 children.

December 26 - December 30, 2021
A READ response team traveled to Arkansas, Tennessee, and Kentucky to deliver 967 backpacks to 7 locations throughout the disaster zone. The response was a humbling experience and one that READ will build upon for future responses.

December 22, 2021
Local students volunteered to pack 200 additional backpacks with school supplies for middle school/high school aged students. READ is preparing to respond with backpacks to Arkansas, Tennessee, and Kentucky for those in need following the tornado disasters of December 10/11.

November 13, 2021
Local students volunteered to pack 300 backpacks with school supplies for middle school/high school aged students. READ is prepared to respond with backpacks for those in need following natural disasters.

May 9, 2021
READ continues to add to its social media presence. We have added a YouTube channel. We will post videos of our work. The first video posted is our intro video when READ was formally announced. Please subscribe to our channel, READ YouTube Channel

April 8, 2021
READ delivered backpacks to Oak Mountain Elementary School in Birmingham, Alabama for students in need following the tornado damage suffered.

March 27, 2021
READ delivered backpacks to the Asbury United Methodist Church for distribution to children in need following the recent tornados in Alabama.

March 19, 2021
100 backpacks have been sent Alabama to be distributed to elementary school students impacted by recent tornado activity. 

February 18, 2021
Today marks the one year anniversary of the formation of READ. It has been a slow process due to the COVID pandemic but we look forward to the year to come.

December 20, 2020
500 backpacks have been filled with pencils, paper, crayons, and a folder for elementary aged children. These backpacks were purchased with the funds from Giving Tuesday. Theses backpacks will be given to children impacted by upcoming natural disasters.

December 2, 2020
Thank you to everyone who donated on Giving Tuesday. You have helped us move forward with our mission.

September 25, 2020

READ has received it's IRS determination letter granting it 501c3 status as a public charity.

April 8, 2020
READ held its first Board of Directors meeting. During the meeting, the following people were named as officers: Craig Floyd - President, Anthony Williams - Vice President, Gary Latham - Secretary, and Malcolm Brown - Treasurer. Based upon the actions taken at the board meeting, READ is able to move forward applying for non profit status (501c3) with the United States Government (IRS) and the state of California.

March 13, 2020
READ.ngo has launched. The State of California has accepted READ's
application for incorporation as a California nonprofit public benefit corporation.