National Ride for Reading Week and Annual Giving Campaign

We Need Your Help – Please Support Ride for Reading’s Mission

It’s National Ride for Reading Week! Ride for Reading Coordinators and Volunteers across the country are mobilizing book deliveries to low-income communities in 22 cities in 16 different states! We are shipping and distributing as many as 10,000 age-appropriate books to children this week alone. Special thank you to Better World Books for donating several of these books! It takes year-round effort to make these events happen, and that means we need your help.

National RFR Week is also our Annual Giving Week – we rely on charitable donations to keep the lights on, keep the wheels turning, and provide these invaluable programs to the kids in our low-income areas. Please consider giving a 100% tax-deductible gift in any amount.

Why not become a monthly donor? You will have the opportunity to set an affordable monthly donation on our donation page:

You can also help us by sharing this video with your friends, families and contacts and telling YOUR story or testimony about your experience with Ride for Reading! Here is a link to this video: http://bit.ly/RfR_AnnualGiving. *Special thank you to Train Productions and the Faculty and students from Whitsitt Elementary School for all of their help with this video.

Thank you so much for supporting Ride for Reading!


It’s gonna be…MAY! Join Ride for Reading for some exciting Events & Volunteer opportunities!

May 2ndNashville Sounds Charity of the Game/Big Payback


Join us on May 2nd at First Tennessee Park for a Nashville Sounds baseball game! We are excited to announce that Ride for Reading has been selected as the Charity of the Game! More details can be found HERE.

May 2nd is also The Big Payback a community-wide, 24-hour online giving challenge hosted by The Community Foundation of Middle TN. Make a donation to Ride for Reading between 6-9pm on May 2nd HERE.

May 4th & 5thMOAB Bike Shop presents GRAVEL REVIVAL benefiting Ride for Reading

MOAB Bike Shop has teamed up with Ride for Reading to celebrate a unique cycling experience. This Gravel/Dirt Fondo is for all levels of cyclists. We want to create a festival atmosphere to welcome all riders to the rapidly growing trend of gravel grinding. There would be no Gravel Revival without the abundant chert/dirt roads of Hickman County. Take a step back in time to experience the varied terrain, from smooth, hard-packed dirt to narrow, rocky MTB-worthy surfaces. Join us on this special Cinco de Mayo weekend for camping, fun activities, well-marked routes, delicious local food, bike demos and entertainment.

All proceeds benefit Ride for Reading and our mission to deliver more books to children from low-income areas, on our bicycles! More details HERE.

May 5th – 11thNational Ride for Reading Week


National Ride For Reading Week is an annual nationwide effort in which volunteer cyclists bring our mission to their town by hosting book deliveries to Title 1 Schools in their communities. It’s the biggest week of the year! May is National Bike Month, and we hope to encourage cyclists to use a Ride For Reading delivery as part of their local celebrations. The 2019 dates for National Ride for Reading Week are May 5-11, 2019. Currently, 17 cities are confirmed across the U.S. to host Ride for Reading deliveries. This is also our Annual Giving Campaign and we invite you to help us continue our mission of bringing more books to children in low-income communities by bicycle by donating to Ride for Reading at: www.rideforreading.org/donate. Learn more about National Ride for Reading Week HERE.

 

May 10th – Nashville Book Delivery to Fall Hamilton Elementary

We invite you to register to join us for our May book delivery to Fall-Hamilton Elementary School on Friday, May 10th from 12:00pm – 2:30pm in Nashville, TN! Location meet-up: Sevier Park Community Center (3021 Lealand Lane).  This delivery will be held during our National Ride for Reading Week  and will be our biggest delivery of the year! Our goal is to have over 50 volunteer cyclists and readers joining us. We encourage you to invite your family, friends or a group of your colleagues to join you!

We hope you will join us in making a difference by delivering books to the children at Fall-Hamilton Elementary by bicycle. Get that bike ready, load up some books and join us for an experience you will never forget- and neither will the children you serve! All levels of cyclists and volunteer readers are welcome. Click HERE to learn more.


We’re SPRING’N into Events and Volunteer Opportunities!

With Spring comes warm weather, a lot of cycling, reading and outdoor events! We have a great line-up of Events and Volunteer Events coming up including:

April Book Delivery
Volunteer cyclists and readers are still needed for our upcoming book delivery to Glenview Elementary School on Tuesday, April 2nd from 12:00pm – 2:00pm in Nashville. Location meet-up: Seven Oaks Park (3474 McGavock Pike). *Note: this route will be slightly more challenging than others so the more volunteers the better! Learn more and sign up to register HERE.

 

“Bootcamp for Books”
Trainer Bre Hollie will be hosting a FREE WORKOUT in Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park on Saturday, April 7th at 2:00pm in support of Ride for Reading. This will be a family-friendly workout event in the park! Get a workout in & support a local nonprofit! Bring books, bring monetary donations or just bring yourself! RSVP and learn more details HERE.

 

M.L Rose Charity Night
After a great outdoor “Bootcamp for Books” workout with Trainer Bre Hollie, join us for post-workout food and drinks at M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers – Capitol View (421 11th Ave. N) on Sunday, April 7th from 4-7pm for a Charity Night benefiting Ride for Reading. M.L Rose will be donating 20% of ALL proceeds back to Ride for Reading to support future programming and book deliveries! Learn more or RSVP HERE. Invite your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues to join you!

 

East Nashville Beer Fest
Rhizome Productions hosts their 9th Annual East Nashville Beer Fest, presented by 3 Crow Bar and benefiting Ride for Reading, at East Park on Saturday, April 13th from 12-5pm. Buy your tickets HERE or sign up to volunteer for the event HERE.

 

Gravel Revival
MOAB Bike Shop presents GRAVEL REVIVAL on May 4-5, 2019. All proceeds benefiting Ride for Reading. Gravel/Dirt Fondo Festival for all levels of cyclists with plenty of overnight camping available. Learn more about this epic 2-day family-friendly event and buy your tickets HERE by March 31 to guarantee a t-shirt or sign up to volunteer for this event HERE. Don’t miss this weekend of Camping, Food, Beer, Music, Kids Zone & lots of gravel in Hickman County! 

 

National Ride for Reading Week
SAVE THE DATE for our National Ride for Reading Week local Nashville delivery on Friday, May 10th to Fall-Hamilton Elementary. This will be our biggest delivery of the year with many great things planned! More exciting details to come – stay tuned! National RfR Week city updates will be posted HERE.


Ride for Reading kicks off the 2019 delivery year celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday!

Join us for our FIRST book delivery of 2019 to the 640+ children at Smith Springs Elementary School in Antioch, TN on Friday, March 1st. We will meet at Smith Springs Community Center (2801 Smith Springs Rd.) at 12:00pm. We’re kicking off the delivery season on the weekend of Dr. Seuss’ B-day and National Read Across America Day so come dressed as your favorite Dr. Seuss character! Light snacks, drinks and cupcakes will be provided.

VOLUNTEER CYCLISTS & READERS NEEDED!
REGISTER HERE – http://bit.ly/March1_Delivery

1 in 300.
According to the Handbook of Early Literacy Research, the ratio of books per child in low-income neighborhoods is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children.

Ride for Reading’s mission is to promote literacy-readiness and healthy-living by delivering age appropriate books to children in low-income communities, by bicycle. Since 2008, we have mobilized over 20,000 volunteers to deliver over 500,000 books to over 300 schools in over 50 cities across the U.S. Founded here locally in Nashville, we host 8-9 book deliveries during the school year, to Title 1 schools. Additionally, we partner with Community Centers and Summer School programs and other Literacy Partners during the summer months to deliver books. Ride for Reading believes that education is not only found within the four walls of a school building, but within the pages of a book you can go anywhere, see anything, and experience everything. Every child deservs that despite economic status.

Volunteers are the core of our mission and we couldn’t do what we do without the help of the community! We are in the need of volunteer CYCLISTS and READERS on an ongoing basis to join us on our book deliveries March – November to deliver 1,000+ books by bicycle to some very excited children! The book delivery consists of volunteers gathering at a Meet-up location to load up books in backpacks, trailers, etc. and riding our bikes together as a group (parade-style) to the School where hundreds of children welcome our volunteers with cheers, smiles, high-fives and hugs! We will share with the children the importance of literacy-readiness and healthy-living through activities like cycling. Volunteers will have the opportunity to interact with the students as they are picking out their books! The delivery route will be no more than 2-5 miles and relatively flat. The delivery will last approximately 2-2.5 hours, so please plan accordingly. We understand many of you are sacrificing your lunches and personal time, so thank you in advance!

CYCLISTS
Please bring your own bike. All levels of cyclists welcome! If you do not have a bike, many local bike shops offer bike rentals. Please bring a backpack to carry your books in and everyone must wear a helmet (we have a few spare backpacks/helmets to lend).

READERS
On each delivery, we are also looking for volunteers to read a book to the pre-K, K and 1st grade classes. If you do not want to ride a bike and would just like to volunteer as a reader, you can meet us to gather some books to take with you and then follow us to the school. Cyclists are welcome to register for both options.

We are excited to share the love of reading (literacy-readiness) & cycling (healthy-living) with these children. We promise, you will never forget the experience of 300-600+ children excited to see so many people from their community bringing them their very own books! The more the merrier- invite your friends, family, co-workers & work teams, bike club members and someone you know that has never experienced a delivery before & join us to impact the lives of several children in our Community.

Thank you all for volunteering your time with Ride for Reading!


We’re dedicating this month to our Volunteers!

UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

As Ride for Reading prepares for another year of Book Deliveries, we want to invite you to a MLK Day of Service volunteer opportunity at our Ride for Reading Warehouse on Monday, January 21st between 10am-5pm. More details HERE. Click below to register to volunteer during a time slot. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION PARTY!


VOLUNTEERS are the core of our organization. Over 250 volunteers donated their time on our Book Deliveries and/or at our Fundraising events, Sorting Books, Collecting Books and/or Hosting Book Drives here in Nashville in 2018. With the support of our volunteers, Ride for Reading was able to deliver over 8,000 books to over 3,000 children in the Nashville area.

We could not do what we do without our volunteers and we want to take a moment to celebrate YOU and all that you’ve done to help us accomplish our mission this year, to get more books into children’s hands. Thank you for allowing us to “Continue the Cycle” from year to year!

Volunteer gifts, Awards & Recognition, DJ, and free food and beverages will be provided. Please register below if you are attending so we are able to plan for food & drinks!


WEAR your support for Ride for Reading

We’re excited to partner with Primal Wear, Inc. for our 2019 Ride for Reading gear!

Choose from: 

  • Men’s/Women’s moisture-wicking Henley Jerseys (perfect for those casual rides or running errands)                  Features: 2 Button Collar, Rear Zippered Side Pocket, Lightweight Echofe fabric, Side Split Seam.
    Cost: $56.00

  • Cozy, full-zip rhapsody hoodie (perfect for those cool mornings & evenings)
    Features: Flatlock #13 – Galaxy, 2 Front Hand Pockets, 5C Exposed YKK Zipper, Sleeve Zipper Pocket, Gravity Melange fabric.
    Cost: $72.00

Online store is only open until December 19th. Orders will be shipped by February 8th. Click below to place your order today while supplies last.

*A portion of proceeds from each sale will benefit Ride for Reading! 


#GivingTuesday

In 2019, Ride for Reading is planning to deliver over 3,000 books in the Nashville and surrounding areas and over 5,000 books across the U.S.  Give the gift that keeps on giving this #GivingTuesday!

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving! One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community either by volunteering or donating to a local charity!

We have a lot to be thankful for and want to share that with our followers & supporters! We have been engaging with the community and sharing #UNselfie’s from our staff, Board of Directors, Volunteers, Partners, Sponsors & Donors on our FacebookInstagram & Twitter pages!

Here are a few ways you can participate and get involved with Ride for Reading for #GivingTuesday:

SHARE your #UNselfie

  1. Print the #UNselfie image below.
  2. Write why you donate to, support and/or volunteer with Ride for Reading.
  3. Upload & share on social media anytime between now and Tuesday, 11.27.18.
  4. Don’t forget to use the following hashtags in the text of your post. – #UNselfie #GivingTuesday #rideforreading

VOLUNTEER with Ride for Reading
There are several ways you can get involved with Ride for Reading. We have concluded our book deliveries for the year (2018) but we will pick back up in Spring 2019. We currently have opportunities for book sorting, cleaning, organizing, office/Administrative help as well as serving on our Board of Directors or getting involved with our Events/Planning, Fundraising or Grant Writing Committees. If you would like to learn more, send us an e-mail at: info@rideforreading.org.

 

DONATE to Ride for Reading
If you are looking to make a year-end donation, please consider donating to Ride for Reading. All funds raised will benefit future Ride for Reading programming & book deliveries, volunteer recognition and some of our substantial operational costs. Donations can be made online at: www.rideforreading.org/donateby clicking the button below or by check (mail to: Ride for Reading, 1515 Elm Hill Pike Suite 107, Nashville, TN 37211).

Want to make a bigger impact with your donation? Donate to Ride for Reading’s Facebook fundraiser HERE, or click this LINK to easily create your own fundraiser on Facebook and help raise money for Ride for Reading! Share it with your followers, friends & family and encourage them to make a donation of any amount (**Facebook/Paypal are matching up to $7 million in #GivingTuesday donations!)

Click below to make a difference with your donation to Ride for Reading!

Thank you to everyone that has generously supported Ride for Reading’s mission to promote literacy & healthy-living in low-income communities over the last 10 years!


Ride for Reading delivers their 500,000 book!

Since 2008, Ride for Reading has delivered thousands of books to children in low-income communities by bicycle every year to promote literacy and healthy-living. On October 11, 2018 in Nashville, TN, Ride for Reading delivered their 500,000 book to Noah at Buena Vista Elementary!

And this wasn’t just any book, this was a special book written by a special friend, Steve Domahidy & illustrated by Rob Art IllustrationA Bike For You is a children’s book about bicycles and the animals that ride them! It encourages children to figure out which bike is right for them and to explore the world!

It began as a kickstarter campaign and was first released on audio, narrated by Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen, voices of the Le Tour de France. Along with audio, it is now available in paperback and a percentage of the proceeds will be generously donated to Ride for Reading!

**If you would like to carry this book to sell at your bike shop, business, library, bookstore, etc. – send us a message at: info@rideforreading.org. For all media stories, please contact our Director, brenda.mikec@rideforreading.org.

 

Order your copy now by clicking button below. It will make a great gift for that special child in your life!

 


Ride for Reading welcomes former pro-cyclist, Speaker & Author, Amy Charity, for upcoming events

RIDE FOR READING HOSTS NASHVILLE BOOK DELIVERY TO BUENA VISTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL and a RIDE FOR READING FILM FESTIVAL SPONSORED BY SWIFTWICK with special guest appearance from Speaker, former Pro-Cyclist, Author and Vanderbilt Alumna, Amy Charity

NASHVILLE, Tenn., (September 26, 2018) – Ride for Reading will be hosting their next Book Delivery on Thursday, October 11th to 300+ children at Buena Vista Elementary with a special guest appearance from Vanderbilt Alumna, Speaker, former Pro-cyclist who holds a National title in the Team Time Trial and Author of “The Wrong Side of Comfortable”, Amy Charity. Several volunteers are needed to deliver over 600 books on bikes, beginning at M.L Rose Craft Beer & Burgers (Capitol View).

Together, they want to show Amy Charity and Buena Vista Elementary how much we care about promoting literacy and what a great volunteer community Nashville has! Sign up to register to ride or read at: www.rideforreading.org/events.

Ride for Reading is excited to announce they will be partnering with several local organizations for this book delivery including: Metro Nashville Public Schools, M.L Rose (Capitol View), The Nashville Sounds & “Booster”, King of Pops, The Nashville Public Library, Metro Nashville Police Department, Green Fleet Bikes and many other cycling groups & bike shops, men, women & children in the community. Sign up to volunteer here: http://bit.ly/Oct11_Delivery

Additionally, Ride for Reading is partnering up with 5Point Adventure Film Festival to host an outdoor Film Festival sponsored by locally-owned, Swiftwick, at Blackstone Brewing Company on Sunday, October 14th. The evening will include inspiring stories from Amy Charity that will challenge you to step out of your comfort zones to discover your untapped potential and 12 short adventure films featuring stories about Paddling, Kayaking, Running, Skiing/Snowboarding, Cycling, Rock Climbing, Yoga, Rodeo and Womanhood.

VIP ($50), General Admission ($20) & Youth tickets ($10) are available. VIP tickets will include a personal Brewery Tour with complimentary Blackstone beer (Ages 21+) a pint glass, a pair of Swiftwick Socks, a meet-and-greet and book signing with Amy Charity and a raffle ticket. All ticket sales will benefit future Ride for Reading programs. This event is open to all ages. Be inspired by these stories to take personal or collective adventures to intentionally live your own best story and help your local community! Buy tickets here: http://bit.ly/RfR_FilmFestival.

For information regarding this book delivery or Film Festival, please contact Brenda Mikec, Executive Director, brenda.mikec@rideforreading.org.
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