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
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