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Under Charlie’s Covers Partners with ReadWest for #GivingTuesdayNM

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We are excited to announce that Under Charlie’s Covers, Sandoval County’s largest bookstore, has partnered with ReadWest for #GivingTuesdayNM! They have generously agreed to donate 25% of all sales on November 27th. When we asked owner Lara Harrison about why she chose ReadWest, she said:

“Under Charlie’s Covers is committed to helping readers of every age. Adult literacy is an essential building block to future success.  ReadWest is providing a crucial service to members of our community and we are proud to contribute to their important mission.”

Executive Director Muncie Hansen was thrilled about the opportunity to partner. “Partnering with Under Charlie’s Covers is a perfect fit for us. We help adults read the books that they sell.” She also noted that it was excellent timing to receive additional funding to help with the challenges of moving into a new facility.

Under Charlie’s Covers is open 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on November 27th. Be sure to stop by and stock up on books for your holiday gifts. Don’t forget to treat yourself to one or two as well!

 

Can’t make it to Under Charlie’s Covers on November 27th or are one of our out-of-area supporters? You can still make a direct donation or purchase a t-shirt and have it delivered directly to you.

#GivingTuesdayNM is not about just one sector, cause, or community. #GivingTuesdayNM is about New Mexico.
Together we can do more.

You can find the complete list of participating organizations at www.GivingTuesdayNM.org.

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Recent Coverage in the Media

In case you missed it, ReadWest has been in the news lately!

The Rio Rancho Observer published an article about the need to find a new home both in their online edition (Oct. 5) and in print. You can find the online article here.

Executive Director Muncie Hansen also made an early morning appearance on KRQE. You can watch the recording here:

You can also read the accompanying article and access it via this link. https://www.krqe.com/news/mornings/readwest-helping-adults-transform-their-lives/1574374613

ReadWest Staff and Volunteers in front of building opening their Little Library

ReadWest Seeks New Home

ReadWest Staff and Volunteers in front of building opening their Little Library

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information contact:
Muncie Hansen
505-892-1131
readwest@readwest.org

 

ReadWest Adult Literacy Program to Move
The 29-year-old charity is seeking a new home.

October 3, 2018, Rio Rancho, New Mexico – ReadWest, Inc., one of New Mexico’s largest and oldest adult literacy programs announced today that it has been given 60 days to vacate its current location in Rio Rancho Jewish Center on Grande Ave. ReadWest has been generously housed there since 1996 at a very modest monthly rent. The current location, which is about 1600 square feet, houses two full-time and one part-time staff, has a training conference room, a library of nearly 4,000 instructional books and materials for volunteer tutors, and six small classrooms where tutors and students can meet safely without distractions. Providing space for the student/tutor pairs to meet each week plays a large part in ReadWest’s success. The experienced staff is on site to help tutors find materials in the resource library. Meeting at a regular time and location helps the student focus on his/her learning. Now the adult literacy agency will be forced to find new accommodations that will likely double in cost at the least.

“I have always been inspired by the many students who have come through our doors and overcome numerous challenges to move forward in life, “ said executive director Muncie Hansen. “Seeing their successes gives me faith that we too will rise to the current challenge and come out even stronger. “

As a volunteer-driven, community-focused nonprofit, ReadWest has taken to its network and issued a “call to action” asking for donations to assist with the upcoming move and increased operating and rental costs. Donations via credit or debit card can be made online at www.readwest.org/donate-new-home. Checks can be mailed to ReadWest, PO Box 44508, Rio Rancho, NM 87174.

 

Serving Bernalillo and Sandoval counties since 1989, ReadWest, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. ReadWest provides one-to-one tutoring for adult literacy, computer literacy, and English Language Learning. ReadWest has over 333 adult learners enrolled. More than 200 trained volunteers provide free literacy help once a week for two hours. Last fiscal year, ReadWest Volunteers logged 12,719 hours of literacy tutoring. According to the Independent Sector’s estimate of a volunteer tutor’s wage of $24.14 per hour, ReadWest tutors donated $307,037 worth of free literacy instruction to our community.

Upcoming Tutor Training

Study group literacy volunteers

 

ESL Tutor Orientation and ESL Tutor Training

WHEN: Orientation: Thursday, September 20th 10 am or 6 pm
Training: Saturday, September 22nd 9 am to 5 pm

WHERE: ReadWest 2009 Grande Blvd SE, Rio Rancho NM 87124

CONTACT: Cyndy at cyndy.ratliff@readwest.org or by phone at 505-892-1131

 

Upcoming Basic Literacy Tutoring Training

WHEN: Saturday, October 20th 9 am to 5 pm

WHERE: ReadWest 2009 Grande Blvd SE, Rio Rancho NM 87124

CONTACT: Cyndy at cyndy.ratliff@readwest.org or by phone at 505-892-1131

 

Our volunteer tutors make a difference.
Please ask a friend, relative, neighbor or loved one if they have 2 hours a week to tutor an adult learner.

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It’s Read a Book Day!

Open book

We are out of the office today and tomorrow (September 6 & 7).  We are attending the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy 31st Annual Meeting and Conference. In the meantime, we wanted to share what we are currently reading in honor of #ReadABookDay.

Cyndy Ratliff, Program Coordinator

Dean and Me: (A Love Story) by Jerry Lewis – I enjoy that era of comedy and music.

Book cover for Dean and Me by Jerry Lewis

Muncie Hansen, Executive Director

I am reading The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman. I’m reading it because I just participated in an interview with Anne Hillerman, Tony’s daughter, author, and friend of ReadWest. Recently, I picked it up at the ReadWest Used Book Sale to read during my Labor Day trip to the Grand Canyon. I am a sucker for all things WESTERN.

Route 66 baseball cap
Photo courtesy of Muncie Hansen.

Morgan O’Donnell, Advisory Board

I’ve got Frank Herbert’s Dune on my nightstandI have been rereading this book for nearly 30 years. I learn something new everytime I read it. What inspired me to reread it this time was something I saw in the 2nd season of Westworld. I won’t say what so I don’t spoil anything for any Westworld fans.

Used copy of Frank Herbert's Dune
Photo courtesy of Morgan O'Donnell

Elvira Burciaga, Secretary, Board of Directors

I’ve currently started Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza. I selected this book to help me become more conscious about me in my daily routine.  One thing that is a key take away is realizing how we subconsciously live in the past and how our body can take over our mind if we don’t pay attention. It’s a great read!
Breaking the Habit by Dr. Joe Dispenza
Photo courtesy of Amazon

We would love to hear what you are reading! Please share in the comments. And remember, if you decide to buy a book from Amazon, be sure to use Amazon Smile and choose ReadWest as your charity.