Kids' Reading Room

Where Readers Grow!

Houston, TX   |  www.kidsreadingroom.org

Mission

Our mission is to promote literacy and instill the LOVE of reading in elementary children living in underserved apartment communities in the Houston, TX area! We create vibrant and engaging libraries where students are surrounded by 1000s of books within their own apartment community. We have over 20 volunteers who read with our children, build positive relationships and spearhead crafts and storytime.

Ruling year info

2014

Founder and Chair/ Middle School Counselor

Trish Schappell

Co Principal Officer

Mr. Vincent Schappell

Main address

Po Box 431111

Houston, TX 77243 USA

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EIN

46-5693408

NTEE code info

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

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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?

The Kids' Reading Room

We are currently located in 3 underserved apartment communities and serve elementary students by providing libraries in their community where volunteers read to our students.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Non-adult children

Where we work

Awards

T-2-4 Award 2015

Spring Branch ISD

Kids' Reading Room Article 2016

Absolutely Memorial Magazine

Story on The Kids' Reading Room 2014

Houston Chronicle

Story on The Kids' Reading Room 2014

The Memorial Examiner

Story on The Kids' Reading Room 2014

Huffington Post

$15K Grant 2019

Latin Women's Initiative

$25K Grant 2017

Jimmy Johnson Bluebunny Helmet of Hope

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Apartment managers, parents of the students we serve, volunteers, and community stakeholders.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Word of Mouth to our Program Coordinator on Site,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Wearing masks to keep volunteers and students safe.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Those we serve feel a connection with us and know they are a part of our team.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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Kids' Reading Room

Board of directors
as of 11/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Trish Schappell

The Kids' Reading Room

Term: 2014 -

Trish Schappell

Vincent Schappell

Catherine Roth

Catherine Dunbar

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

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/28/2021

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.