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The 12 Books Program is a children's literacy initiative that serves disadvantaged children in Mesa with free books and reading mentors in order to break the cycle of poverty by helping them read at grade level by 4th grade.

The literacy gap has widened during the COVID-19 pandemic and disproportionately affects students living in poverty. In the elementary schools in Mesa that have the highest percentage of low-income families, only between 4%-27% of 3rd graders are proficient in reading. Kids in poverty who are not proficient by the end of 3rd grade are 13x less likely to graduate high school than their proficient peers not living in poverty. This puts them at a higher risk of experiencing homelessness, incarceration, and a continued cycle of poverty as adults.

You can help! As part of our reading mentor program, students also have access to our online library of read-aloud videos. Reading aloud to children is one of the most important factors in literacy development, and we want to help students have as much access to read-alouds as possible. Volunteers can create a video of themselves reading a picture book for us to use on our online library.

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About Mesa United Way


137 East University, Mesa, AZ 85201, US

Mission Statement

Through our volunteer program we hope to connect individuals who desire to serve in the community with the opportunities that are available. HELENS HOPE CHEST helps foster children with their basic needs, giving children a similar experience of shopping in a consignment store. although the clothing is gently used, children in foster care are given the opportunity to select styles and colors they like. 16 individual rooms accommodate the basic needs of infants,toddlers,children, teens and young adults transitioning out of foster care. MESA VETERANS RESOURCE CENTER provides comprehensive support services to veterans and their families. The MVRC provides resources and referrals to assist in various areas including benefits claims, employment, mental health, and homelessness.


Helens Hope Chest is opened Mon - Fri 8 -5 with the occasional Saturday. Our volunteers must respect the privacy of these delicate children.
We are looking for caring,reliable volunteers willing to commit to at least a year of service a minimum of 4 hours per week or more.

Mesa Veterans Resource Center is open Mon - Fri 8-4. We are looking for ongoing volunteers that can commit at least an hour a month.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Community, Education & Literacy


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