is an annual 24-hour fundraiser for local DC area non-profits. It is run by United Way of the National Capital Area.
Last year, RIF of NOVA raised $3,000 with its
campaign. Those funds allowed us to fund the purchase of an additional book for every student at two schools.
This year's goal is ???
With the loss of federal funding, RIF of NOVA has had to cut back to only ONE book per child in most of the 39 schools and centers we serve in the city of Alexandria and in Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William counties. Our goal is to build back to TWO books for every child in our schools and centers...not just the two schools that saw an increase last year. RIF of NOVA provides books for 23,000 children, so every dollar you give really counts!!! In fact,
every $2.00 you give = one book!!!
Why are books for disadvantaged children important?
"Books are essential building blocks of literacy and learning, and two-thirds of our nation’s impoverished children don’t have a single book to call their own."
"...the lack of access to books is a key contributor to the never-ending cycle of educational disadvantage."
"Research has shown that increasing access to books and giving children the choice to choose what they want to read improves academic performance and attitudes toward reading and learning."
Want more info about the importance of books for children?
How can supporters (you!!!) help?
during this one 24-hour period:
12:00 a.m. until 11:59:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 2!!! Like and share the campaign on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media using #DoMore24. Tell your friends and encourage them to donate, too! The RIF of NOVA Facebook page will be updated throughout the day with information about children's books, our supporters, our volunteers, and our children!