Women United
Join a Powerful Network of Community-Driven Women
Supporting ReadNYC’s Books from Birth and
Once Upon a Summer / School Year Programs


Help Women United raise $130,000 by June 30, 2020 to provide books and summer instruction to at-risk ReadNYC children! In light of COVID-19, students need more books at home and summer instruction will be critical to ensure their literacy stays on track.

When you join Women United with a minimum annual gift of $1,000 or if you make a general contribution to the Women United Fund, you'll be directly impacting our ReadNYC Books from Birth and Once Upon a Summer/School Year initiatives.

Books from Birth is a critical initiative of ReadNYC that ensures low income children have culturally relevant and age appropriate books—the essential and basic tools they need in order to achieve academically.

Why it Matters:

  • 70% of low-income families don’t have books at home for their children.
  • Studies have shown that owning 25 books or more has a sizeable effect on student achievement.
  • UWNYC is the only partner with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in New York City.
  • Children in poor communities live in "book deserts," communities in which there is limited to no access to children’s books.

Investment Levels:

  • $50: Provides 1 book a month per year for 1 child.
  • $100: Provides 1 book a month per year for 2 children.
  • $250: Provides 1 book a month per year for 5 children.
  • $500: Provides 10 NYC low-income students with books every month for one-year to build their home library.
  • $1,000: Provides 20 NYC low-income students with books every month for one-year to build their home library.
  • $2,500: Empowers a ReadNYC teacher with over 500 books to outfit their classroom library.
  • $5,000: Sends 1,200 books to a ReadNYC school to outfit the entire school library.
  • $10,000: Provides 2,500 books to build a ReadNYC Community Library in "book deserts," where there is, on average, only one book for every 800 children.

Once Upon a Summer/School Year is an element of ReadNYC that provides students in low-income neighborhoods access to early childhood educational supports as well as summer literacy programming to prevent summer slide.

Why it Matters:

  • ReadNYC ensures that students receive 1 on 1 tutoring and hours of expanded learning time that adds up to an equivalent 2 months of additional school.
  • Data shows that students who participated in summer learning and extended day programs showed greater improvement in ELA proficiency rates.

Investment Levels:

  • A minimum contribution of $2,000 provides academic enrichment to 1 student that adds the equivalent of one to two months of school instruction through an extended learning day during the full school year, including a six-week summer learning program.
  • Every incremental $2,000 supports an additional student as part of the Once Upon a Summer/School Year Program.
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