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Read to Me Project


Read to Me Project helps under-served children achieve kindergarten readiness and a lifetime of literacy by empowering school age brothers and sisters to read to their young siblings at home. We also raise public awareness about the literacy crisis and the need for language development and pre-reading skills during a child's first five years of life.

The Big Idea

Read to Me Project was founded to address the alarming fact that 7 out of 10 children are starting school as much as 2 years behind—not in age, but in cognitive ability stemming from a lack of reading. Most who start behind in school never catch up. The early literacy program is prevention-based for preschoolers and remedial for students underperforming in fourth through sixth grade. A 2019 third-party impact study shows significant improvements on standardized assessment scores for children participating in Read to Me Project compared to their peers who are not in the program. Normally, schools pay $700 per class for the program; however, Covid-19 has caused a wave of unprecedented challenges for schools, so Read to Me Project is waiving its fees for the 2020-2021 school year. With support, they will be able to continue providing the program for free to as many schools as possible.

Through the Read to Me Project, my children have become excited about reading. At night, they race and come back with a stack of books, eager to be read to. Three-year-old Jacob has developed academic language and improved his sentence structure. Christian, 5- yrs. old, has also improved his academic language, sentence structure, and is able to read Kindergarten level books. The purpose of this program is not to teach children to read but to ignite their curiosity and excitement for reading. Lastly, this program invests in children to saves lives. This program may be the only opportunity for many children to obtain exposure to literature and keep them away from joining gangs or using drugs. Most who end up in prison experience academic failure.

- Myra Villagomez (parent in Greenfield and Vice Principal, Oak Avenue Elementary School)

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.