August Featured Charity – Room to Read

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When choosing a charity for each month I wanted it to be spaced out. I didn’t want similar charities to be placed next to each other. I wanted to give them all their unique features and showcase the amazing work that they all do.

I came across Room to Read NJ Chapter when looking for some fun things to do during lockdown. I saw an ad they had placed on a volunteer website looking for help with their marketing and social media presence.

I reached out to Nicole and was able to help them within a few weeks. Over time learning about Room to Read has been incredible and that’s why for National Book Lovers Day it was only right to feature Room To Read.

Nicole was kind enough to do a virtual interview with me so that I could get as much information out to you guys as possible. Here are some things we talked about.

Room to Read was Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children, Room to Read is creating a world free from illiteracy and gender inequality. We are achieving this goal by helping children in low-income communities develop literacy skills and a habit of reading, and by supporting girls to build skills to succeed in school and negotiate key life decisions. We collaborate with governments and other partner organizations to deliver positive outcomes for children at scale. Room to Read has benefitted more than 23 million children across 20 countries and over 40,700 communities and aims to reach 40 million children by 2025. Learn more at

A little bit about Nicole : Nicole Smith is the Room to Read New Jersey Chapter Leader. The Chapter hosts fundraisers and friendraisers to benefit Room to Read literacy, book publishing and girls’ education programs. Nicole has run the Room to Read Chapter for over a decade, and hosts a weekly radio show, Happy to Help, dedicated to sharing the transformative stories of nonprofits, volunteers and supporters. We thrive when we have a sense of purpose in our lives. The Happy to Help show interview videos are available on the facebook page:

The New Jersey chapter got a little creative last year with their 20th anniversary and decided to release an Anniversary Cookbook. Which you can purchase too at

Their annual breakthrough breakfast event which will be held on October 8th which celebrates international day of the girl. Can’t wait to share more with you as the event gets closer and how you can get involved.

In Cambodia, Room to Read is working with Promundo and GADC (Gender and Development for Cambodia), a nonprofit that promotes gender equality and prevents violence by engaging men and boys in partnership with women and girls through the Life Skills for Boys project. Our life skills curriculum is specifically intended to help boys examine gender norms and stereotypes. Room to Read will test the curriculum in Cambodia, with a gradual expansion across provinces as well as to other countries. On June 3rd and 4th, our Girls’ Education and Gender Equality Program staff partnered with GADC to conduct a curriculum contextualization workshop at the Room to Read Cambodia office.

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