Books Connect Us: Words Alive's COVID-19 Response
We know that reading provides an incredible, and sometimes necessary, escape from reality. For the children and teens Words Alive serves, reading is, now more than ever, a skillset for survival.
Our response to the jarring arrival of COVID-19, Books Connect Us, is helping our community use their love of reading to navigate this turbulent time. To begin to meet this astounding and growing need, we are hoping to raise $20,000 to provide much-needed resources for children, teens, and families.
With the arrival of COVID-19, our engaging, in-person programs quickly moved online, enabling us to continue to provide our proven programming with schools and nonprofit partners.
In just the past seven weeks, more than 12,000 people from across the country have come to Words Alive for resources. Through Books Connect Us, we are reaching families who may not have books at home through virtual storytimes. We are supporting teens' mental health by engaging them in writing that helps them process the pandemic. And, we are engaging a quickly growing cohort of virtual volunteers with meaningful opportunities to help our children and families.
We continue serving more than 5,000 San Diego students and families with our core programs -- now virtual: workshops for parents of preschoolers, guest readers in under-resourced classrooms, book clubs for at-risk teens, and post-secondary mentors for first-generation college students.
And, that might have been enough.
However, as the realities of COVID-19 began to unfold, we knew our 20+ year legacy helping children and families use the power of reading to respond to trauma could help our community cope with, and recover from, the devastating human and economic tolls of this virus, inspiring us to create Books Connect Us.
Help us raise $20,000 to provide much-needed resources for children, teens, and families in this uncertain time.
For questions or to learn more, please visit: www.wordsalive.org.
Thank you for your support!