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The READS Report                                          August 2015
Help support Peninsula READS during Macy’s Shop for a Cause Fundraiser!

Buy a $5 fundraiser shopping pass from Peninsula READS to get your hands on great Macy's deals store-wide on Saturday, August 29th!  Get 25% off on the latest styles Macy's has to offer, and 10% off on most electronics, furniture, and area rugs! Click Here to purchase your savings pass.
 
Peninsula READS extends
Christmas in July!
 
To participate, visit the main office at any time during business hours (Mon-Thu, 9 am - 6:30 pm) and take a Wish Book from our Wish Tree in the main lobby.  Each Wish Book lists an important item or material that would help our learners and our organization.  We would appreciate all donations by August 13th.
 
Click Here for our full Wish List
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS...
 
We are looking for volunteers to help staff Peninsula READS' beer tent at the Saturday, August 15th Downtown Hampton Block Party. The event takes place from 5:30 pm to 10 pm on on W Queens Way in Hampton. Entertainment by Slapnation. How does this benefit Peninsula READS? It gives us exposure and all tips will be ours!

We are also looking for a morning volunteer receptionist/admin assistant. A non-inclusive list of duties includes: greeting guests, answering the phone, assembling packets, data entry. 16 - 20 hours/week. Computer skills a must.  
 
Interested? Contact Paula at 223-5115 or ed@peninsulareads.com    
 
Peninsula READS would like to thank the BB&T Peninsula Main Branch for their donation and construction of our newly refurbished computer lab!  The work was done as part of the 2015 BB&T Lighthouse Project, a project dedicated to assisting and working with nonprofit organizations nationwide.

Thanks to Amber Rice and her team at BB&T Peninsula Main!
 Paula's Piece -
a letter from the Executive Director
Welcome to the READS Report, our  online newsletter. We hope you will look forward to this quarterly update on what’s happening at Peninsula READS.

This issue our "piece" comes from Peninsula READS Board President Eric Stone.

Greetings tutors, volunteers, and friends of Peninsula READS:
 
The summer is slowly winding down and the autumn breezes off the Chesapeake Bay will be bringing us some cooler temperatures and relief from the heat & humidity.  Question: how many books did you read over the summer while vacationing at the beach or perhaps sipping on an ice-cold beverage under a shady tree? One book?  Three or more? Awesome- isn’t it such a wonderful experience to plan some time for yourself… just to read? It’s a gift we should never take for granted.
 
As you know, there are many adults across the Peninsula- actually over 30,000 individuals aged 18 and up who didn’t get to experience the joy and excitement of reading the newest novels by Harper Lee, Dean Koontz, James Patterson, or Elin Hilderbrand this summer. However, due to the efforts of our tutors and their willingness to work through Peninsula READS with adult learners who struggle with simple reading and writing tasks, the goal of reading just for pleasure will be reached by some of our learners one day.
 
Did you know that seventy-five tutors and volunteers from Peninsula READS directly serve anywhere from 275-300 adult learners throughout the year?  Did you know that Peninsula READS is a non-profit organization that receives all of its funding through grants, foundations, and personal and business donations? Lastly, did you know that Peninsula READS and its 47 year tradition of providing free tutoring to both native born adults needing basic literacy skills and/or English language learners from abroad now living in Virginia is within months of closing its doors, due to loss of funding sources, failure to secure additional funding through grants and donor support, and increased operation costs?
 
It’s true – this is fact, not fiction- to borrow a phrase from literature.  Despite an increase of nearly $6,000.00 in fundraising last year, the Peninsula READS Board of Directors recently met and, after tough discussions and making some pain-staking decisions, voted to pass the 2015-16 budget, cutting $30,000.00 just to match 2014-15 expenditures. Without some major increases in funding, through long term planning, concentrated partnership cultivation, and aggressive fund raising, Peninsula READS will face closing its doors…
 
We need your help- now more than ever! How you ask?  Here are the Top Ten Ways you can support Peninsula READS in the immediate future and for years to come!
 
10.       Come to the Downtown Hampton Block Party on Saturday, August 15 -6:00-10:30p and check us out at one of the refreshment tents. PR gets all tips… so TIP BIG!   
 
9.         Joining Peninsula READS as a tutor.  The $30.00 training fee offsets the training costs and allows access to other free learning opportunities. 

8.         Consider a legacy gift to Peninsula READS when consulting with your financial planner.
 
7.         Ask your employer about supporting Peninsula READS through a matching   gift program.
 
6.         Sponsor the “Rise and Shine for Literacy Breakfast” at Thomas Nelson Community College on Thursday, September 24, 2015. Contact Paula L. Bazemore, Executive Director for sponsorship information.
 
5.         Buy a Macy’s “Shop for a Cause” coupon ($5.00) and to get your hands on great deals store-wide on Saturday, August 29th!  Get 25% off on the latest styles Macy's has to offer, and 10% off on most electronics, furniture, and area rugs!
 
4.         Sponsor ANY of our Peninsula READS events. Contact Paula L. Bazemore, Executive Director for sponsorship information.
 
3.         Write “Peninsula READS” on your United Way Campaign Designation form.
 
2.         Stroke a check for “50.00” to support our “$47.00 for 47 Years of Service Campaign” and mail it to 11832 Fishing Point Dr. Suite 200, Newport News, VA 23606.   (Thanks for rounding up!)
 
            and the number one way YOU can SUPPORT PENINSULA READS is…
 
1.         Click on the DONATE NOW button below and give generously.

On behalf of the staff, volunteers, tutors, and Board members, thank you for your generous financial support!   
                                                 Eric

 
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Upcoming Events

Downtown Hampton Block Party

Saturday, Aug. 15,
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Queens Way, Hampton

Macy's Shop for a Cause

Saturday, Aug. 29,
All Day
Any Macy's Nationwide

Rise and Shine for Literacy Breakfast

Thursday, Sept. 24, 8:00 am
TNCC Workforce Development Conference Center
Welcome New Volunteers!
We recently welcomed 12 new volunteers to Peninsula READS. Special thanks to Fazoli's and Donato's for the tasty donated lunches! 

Pictured are the August 1 participants: Sharmane Barnard, Kimberly McGlone, Anne Ausura, Catrina Berry, and Mark Wilkinson. 

June 27 participants included Courtney Carr, Ryan Block, Hannah Bowman, Sarah Denning, Sean Denning, Tanesha Johnson, Kershel Joyner, Dawn Belanger 

Volunteer Orientations and Workshops are conducted on a regular basis, for details about the next orientation email volunteers@peninsulareads.com
Our Peninsula READS offices will be closed on Monday, September 7th for the Labor Day Weekend.  
Peninsula READS Recognized by the Hampton Citizens' Unity Commission
 
Peninsula READS received the award in recognition of the positive impact on diversity in the City of Hampton.

The award ceremony was held June 11, 2015 at the American Theatre in the Phoebus section of Hampton.



Peninsula READS Board President Eric Stone and Executive Director Paula L. Bazemore accept Unity Award from Hampton Mayor George Wallace and Hampton Citizens’ Unity Commission Commissioner Enrique Zapatero.
" To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark."

-Victor Hugo
You Can't Hide
that PR Pride!!
Purchase your Peninsula READS polo shirt for $30.00. Made from 24/7 Performance wicking material. Printed locally in Hampton by ShirtTales. Contact a Peninsula READS staffer for purchase information.
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