READ FOR LITERACY INC

aka Claire's Day (merger in 2015 to Read for Literacy)   |   Toledo, OH   |  http://www.readforliteracy.org

Mission

Vision
To change lives through literacy services in our community.

Mission
To provide a range of literacy services and training that enables children, adults and families the opportunity to achieve success.

Notes from the nonprofit

This is our first time submitting our full data for Guidestar. If you need any additional information, please contact Jeanette Hrovatich, Executive Director at 419-242-7323 ext. 11 Thank you.

Ruling year info

1986

Executive Director

Ms. Diana L Bush

Main address

325 N Michigan Street

Toledo, OH 43604 USA

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EIN

34-1516490

NTEE code info

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

To increase the literacy of citizens in Northwest Ohio through Creating Young Readers programming , Adult and English Language Learning, Creating Family Readers, Claire's Day and Outreach programming.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Creating Young Readers-Preschool

This program allows volunteers the opportunity to work with over 200 children ages 3,4 and 5 who are at risk of falling behind in emergent literacy skills. Volunteers work with children to expand vocabulary skills, promote rhyming activities and work with word recognition programs.
Above all is sharing the joy of books with children who might not otherwise experience reading with a caring adult. The primary goal is to prepare children for kindergarten and to supply their family with books and parents notes to create an "at home library" to encourage evening and family reading times.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

This program provides 500 children in grades Kindergarten to 2nd grade with volunteer "reader friends" who work with them one-to one to increase early literacy skills necessary to experience the joys of reading. Using the Dialogic Model, Guided Reading Model and the Reciprocal Teaching Model, Reader Friends use many techniques so that each children is read with or participating in literacy programming 3 times per week. Additionally, this program includes book distribution, parent advocacy and information to engage parents with their children in at home reading time. This program is located in 5 Toledo Public Schools, 3 Catholic Dioceses Schools, 3 Maumee Schools and 3 after school program centers. As more funds are available to the program we will begin to provide programming to 3 Charter Schools who are on our waiting list at this time.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Adult Literacy programming is our largest program with more than 1,250 participants on an annual basis. Adults are engaged in learning from reading books to learning life skills that prepare them to better provide for their children, continue their education and secure a job in today's information dependent world.

Volunteers work one-to-one or in small groups to improve adult literacy skills. Goals are set and revised by the students and tutors are encouraged to tailor their lessons to help students work toward these goals.

Tutors are trained to use the Laubach and Challenger programs, which are the top adult literacy materials currently used in the United States. Tutors are also supported through ongoing professional development and can contact RFL at any time for more support, technical training and one-on-one coaching.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Many people who reside in our community come here from other countries for work at corporations, migrant farms and other family businesses. They come with a desire to work, raise their families and to be part of the United States. In making this commitment, many want to increase their English skills so they can compete in the marketplace and pass their citizenship tests. Our English as a Second Language, English Language Learner program affords non or limited English speaking students with a tutor who speaks, writes and communicates in the students language and English fluently. Currently our students are from Korea, China, Spain, Mexico, and South America. In addition to one-to-one tutoring, we will expand this program in 2013/2014 to include family literacy programming.

Volunteers and students use many different models.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Northwest Ohio's Largest Children's Book Festival
C.A.R.E Awards (Claire's Award for Reading Excellence
Author & Illustrator School visits and Claire's Night are all celebrated annually in honor of Claire Lynsey Rubini who passed away at the age of 10. In 2002 and in her memory her parents founded this organization to give other children the opportunity to celebrate all of the things that Claire loved like crafts, dancing and most of all reading! Now in its 15 year, Claire's Day has become our areas literacy gem!

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

ProLiteracy America 2012

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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Purpose
• To inspire children and families to be lifelong readers through exposure to a variety of literacy opportunities and experiences.
• To provide programs that Celebrate Life, Authors, Illustrators, and Reading Excellence, while honoring the memory of Claire Lynsey Rubini.
• To recruit, train and place volunteers to act as reader friends and tutors on a one-to-one basis with individuals who require literacy assistance.
• To serve as a leading advocate for literacy in our community and work cooperatively with other literacy projects.

Read for Literacy continues to lead the fight to break the cycle of low-literacy because we know that there are more children, adults and families who need our support. Our current programs include:
• Adult literacy, our longest running program, has participants engaged in learning; from reading books to learning life skills for the workplace, our student needs are met on an individual learning plan.
• Claire's Day is a signature line of service dedicated to inspiring children and families to be lifelong readers through exposure to a variety of literary opportunities and experiences. We do this to honor Claire Lynsey Rubini, who passed away from a heart condition in 2000 when she was just ten years old. Our programs and services embrace her favorite activities, including telling stories, dancing, making crafts, and most of all, reading. Our annual programs include: Claire's Day Book Festival, CARE Awards, Author & Illustrator School visits and Claire's Night! A program website www.clairesday.org has more details.
• Creating Young Readers program was started in 2006 and allows volunteers the opportunity to work with over 200 children ages 3- who are at risk of falling behind in emergent literacy skills. Above all is sharing the joy of books with children who might not otherwise experience reading with a caring adult.
• English Language Learners affords speakers of other languages the opportunity to improve their English language speaking, reading and writing skills. Tutors currently work with students whose first language is Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Arabic and more. Additionally, Read for Literacy volunteers will also assist these students in preparing for completion of their US Citizenship test.
• Creating Family Readers is Read for Literacy's newest pilot program, initiated in 2014 with funding from the Toledo Community Foundation, ProMedica and O-I Foundation. We are working in the community to combine our Adult Literacy Program and Creating Young Readers program in a non-classroom setting. Reader friends and tutors work with the family individually and as a unit to increase literacy knowledge.
• Literacy Outreach is our opportunity to travel into the community and share our love of reading with others at health fairs, low-income housing developments and others places where children and families.

The goal of this program will be to serve more adults, children and families, purchase new books to begin their at home libraries, to upgrade our reader friend supply carts, to offer outreach, book distribution and materials to children in their own neighborhood with fun carnival like activities.
With Read for Literacy we will increase a child's or an adults knowledge of literacy and the love of reading.
• 700 children will participate in the expanded program
• 600 of these children will increase their understanding of how books work

Assessments of students are completed by the preschools using methods like “Get it-Got it-Go" tools or other literacy assessments including Head Start Literacy Assessment or Learning Ladders Student Assessment. The best indicator will be when a child passes their KRA-L test as a 5 year old and is deemed “kindergarten ready."

At the end of the school year, Read for Literacy and our preschool partners host a graduation celebration for the parents and families. It is for many families the first time a “graduation" has been celebrated. This past year we hosted family carnivals following the certificate ceremonies and our families enjoy the camaraderie and fun of the day. We plan to do that again and to expand it to LMHA neighborhoods to engage children and families in reading too. When we celebrate the little successes of children, we set the stage for future success. The joy of reading and education become contagious.

Read for Literacy has
A. A dynamic staff of educators; with degrees in Education through a Doctorate in Educational Literacy.
B. Ability to recruit, train and place volunteers.
C. Updated technology and resources to provide up to date and state of the art materials to our students and parents.
D. Up to date resource carts for tutors to use with students.
E. Dynamic Board who are engaged in our work and who share a common vision; budget oversight and the organizations Strategic Plan drive our business model.
F. Relationships with area Schools, Pre-schools and community organizations who are dedicated to increasing literacy in our community.

Over 3000 children and adults were served in 2018 by Read for Literacy. And we have a waiting list of more than 150 Adults and English Language Learners waiting to join us in our work. In addition to those in our program on a weekly basis, an additional 15,260 children were "exposed" to our programs through author and illustrator visits to schools, book distributions at community fairs and outreach. We continue to serve where we are needed most---but we know there is more to do.

We are currently working on our new strategic plan so that we can determine rates of growth in people served and funds raised all while marketing our lines of service, celebrating our students and bringing the joy of reading to our community.

Financials

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READ FOR LITERACY INC

Board of directors
as of 2/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Stephen Dolley

The Blade

Term: 2020 - 2022


Board co-chair

Mr. Brian Craig

Trust Company Family Offices

Term: 2020 - 2022

Adele Jasion

Gilmore, Jasion and Mahler, Ltd.

Julia Bates

Lucas County Prosecutor's Office

Gary Corrigan

Owens Community College

Brian Craig

Fifth Third Bank

Maria Bailey

Toledo Public Schools

Mark Walla

Rehman, Inc.

Jennifer McHugh

Spengler Nathanson

Joe Wieligman

Hylant

Stephen Dolley

The Blade

Joel Levitan

Neighborhood Health Assoc

Selena Nicholas-Bublick

ProMedica

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/01/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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