Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
Words Alive is a non-profit organization that inspires a commitment to reading and develops shared reading experiences for at-risk children, youth and families.
Our vision is to create a community where the passion and sharing of reading provides a common language for all. Our founder and a core of volunteers contacted juvenile detention centers and other organizations serving disadvantaged youth, with the idea of creating a facilitated hands-on program for reading.
Today Words Alive provides literacy programs throughout San Diego County. Through our Read-Aloud, Teen Services and Family Literacy programs we reach over 8,000 children, youth, and families each month.
by Rose T. from San Diego, CA
I have volunteered with the Adolescent Book Group program with Words Alive for almost a year, and one of the things that I love most about this organization is that they are true to their mission! Their staff, facilitators, and volunteers all communicate a love for reading that they want to share. There's no pressure to be a master wordsmith, have teaching experience or have the answer to every question - this is a group of people who really loves books and knows that the more students do too, the more they will read. They provide great training and structure for the sessions, and are flexible with schedules - I've never had anything but a stellar experience with them. I hope I can stay connected for years to come!