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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Ride for Reading hosts Summer Community Center deliveries

School may have been out, but reading books & riding bikes was IN! Ride for Reading had the pleasure of partnering with some amazing Community Organizations for our Summer Book Deliveries!

In July we partnered with Front Porch Ministry and The Salvation Army: Magness-Potter Center in East Nashville. 13 volunteers gathered at Von Elrods to deliver over 300 books to approximately 100 children that attend the Community Center during the Summer. Front Porch and the Salvation Army have both built many relationships with the children and families in this area and we were so excited to share the love of reading & cycling with them!

   

    

In August we partnered with Metro Parks and Recreation, McFerrin Community Center, Green Fleet BikesNashville Public Library, Front Porch Ministry and a special guest appearance from The Nashville Sounds Booster (who rode a bike right along with us!), in East Nashville. Over 30 volunteers gathered at Green Fleet Bikes to deliver over 300 books to approximately 100 children that attend the McFerrin Community Center during the Summer. Carlos Cook, Manager, has nurtured many relationships with the children and families in this area and we were so excited to partner together and share the love of reading & cycling with them! Additionally, our very own Metro Parks Police and Metro Nashville Police Department showed their support by riding and protecting the riders! And we can’t forget our special partner, King of Pops, who generously donated popsicles for the children on those hot summer days!

      

                   

 

 

 

 

 

THANK YOU to everyone that helped make our Summer Book Deliveries a huge success!! If you would like to join us on our upcoming deliveries, we invite you to learn more HERE! Save the dates – more details coming soon!


Ride for Reading hosts 27 deliveries in 23 cities and 13 states!

Ride for Reading Week Highlight 

Inspired after participating in a Ride for Reading Delivery at Interbike in 2013, Western Nevada Safe Routes to Schools Coordinator, Cortney Bloomer, knew that bringing the event to Northern Nevada would become an important part of their program.

Embraced by schools across the region for the focus on literacy, Ride for Reading promotes bike safety and reading in a way that’s fun for kids and volunteers alike. The program has grown to 8 deliveries across 3 counties in 2018. Through the generosity of program sponsor Better World Books, Ride for Reading continues to flourish in Western Nevada.During National Ride for Reading Week, Western Nevada hosted 8 deliveries to the following Title 1 schools:

Yerington Elementary – 5/23/18                          CC Meneley – 5/22/18
Eagle Valley – 6/1/18                                               Pinion Hills – 5/25/18
Scarselli – 5/3/2018                                                 Riverview – 5/15/2018
Cottonwood – 5/30/2018                                        Bordewich-Bray – 5/23/18

National 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 encourage cyclists to use a Ride For Reading delivery as part of their local celebrations.

Shown below is a list of the 23 cities that participated in Ride for Reading Week 2018 with deliveries hosted the entire month!

THANK YOU to all of our local Ride for Reading Coordinators for putting these events together in your cities and to all the volunteers that donated their time to spread the Ride for Reading mission to help more children become healthy and literate. We LOVED seeing all of your photos and to witness the excitement of this event all across the U.S. You are all making a difference!

We hope to see you all next year for Ride for Reading Week 2019! Mark your calendars for May 5-11, 2019!


Jack Johnson matches donations to Ride for Reading

Ride for Reading teamed up with Jack Johnson and hosted a concert bike valet program at the local stop of his 2018 Tour on Wednesday, May 2! We also partnered with All At Once, Jack Johnson’s social action network, connecting nonprofits with people who want to become active in their local and world community.

All At Once comes to life online at www.AllAtOnce.org and at the Jack Johnson concerts where you can get educated, get inspired, and connect face-to-face with us and other local and national non-profits. All At Once promotes sustainable local food systems and plastic free initiatives and encourages action through the Capture Your Commitment campaign. #AAOLocalFood #AAOPlasticFree

Jack Johnson’s charity, the Johnson Ohana Foundation, also generously offered to match any donations contributed to us at the show or directly to our organization through June 15th, up to a total of $2,500.  We are excited to announce that we successfully qualified for that match due to our generous supporters!!

 Read more books. Ride more bikes. Give more locally.

If you are interested in becoming a monthly, yearly or Corporate Sponsor to continually support Ride for Reading as we expand our reach from locally here in Nashville and across the U.S, visit: www.rideforreading.org/donate.


Ride for Reading participating in The Big Payback

The Big Payback, Tennessee’s 5th Annual Giving Day, Encourages Middle Tennesseans to Give Local and Support Nonprofits During 24-Hour Campaign

Nashville, Tennessee.  – Ride for Reading is participating in The Big Payback, a 24-hour, online giving event created to help Middle Tennessee nonprofits raise funds vital to continuing their work and directly improving the community around them.

Presented by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, our region’s dedicated day of giving begins at midnight on Wednesday, May 2 and runs for 24 hours. Once the clock starts, anyone can visit TheBigPayback.org and make donations to Ride for Reading and other participating nonprofits – including schools and religious institutions – serving the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee.

Donors can view and select from participating organizations based on location and focus area, such as education, health care, animals, the environment and more, and support multiple nonprofits with gifts from $10 and up.

“When people are raised in poverty and do not have access to resources to better themselves, they fall into unhealthy life patterns and habits and struggle to escape”, said Brenda Mikec, Ride for Reading’s new Executive Director. “The first few years of a child’s life are some of the most important, this is when a lot of cognitive development is happening, much of this occurring in their language and literacy skills. Studies have shown that by age 5, half of children living in poverty are not academically or socially ready for school and that 1 in 300 children have access to age-appropriate books. These children fall behind during critical early years, having a negative effect on their social skills, health and economic status later in life. It becomes a domino effect and we need to address it early on before everything continues to fall. Ride for Reading’s mission is to promote literacy and healthy-living by delivering books to children in low-income communities by bicycle. As someone with a strong passion for both cycling and reading, my heart is drawn closer and closer to fulfilling our vision of a world that is healthy and literate.”

During the past four years of giving days, The Big Payback has made a tremendous impact on the Middle Tennessee community helping raise more than $9.3 million for area organizations.

Gifts from the public during The Big Payback are boosted with funds from sponsors of the event, which provide multiple opportunities for Ride for Reading to vie for financial incentives and additional prizes. The real-time leaderboard hosted on TheBigPayback.org tracks donations and creates additional excitement surrounding the day.

“Nonprofits do important, life-changing work every day across Middle Tennessee,” said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. “The Big Payback has become an exciting opportunity for us to come together as a community to support their efforts and recognize the positive impact they have on our neighbors. It’s an easy, fun, and  meaningful way for us to show our local pride, give back, and make an enormous impact in the process.”

For more information, visit TheBigPayback.org.

About Ride for Reading

Ride for Reading is a Nashville-based 501c3 nonprofit organization that works to promote literacy and healthy-living among children in low-income communities by donating age-appropriate books via bicycle. Since its foundation in 2008, Ride for Reading has donated over 450,000 books, mobilized over 20,000 volunteers, and visited over 300 schools in over 50 cities nationwide.

Ride for Reading donates books to Title l schools, public libraries, and community centers while engaging the local community and cycling scene along with teachers and members of the education system. For more information, contact us at info@rideforreading.org or visit www.rideforreading.org.

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.


Ride for Reading announces new Executive Director

CONTACT:  Mathew Portell
mathewportell@rideforreading.org
   615-378-7323

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RIDE FOR READING ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Nashville, TN – based nonprofit introduces new Director Brenda Mikec

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 5, 2018)- Ride for Reading™, the Nashville-based non-profit organization which promotes literacy and healthy living among kids living in low-income communities by delivering age-appropriate books via bicycle, is pleased to announce the hire of Brenda Mikec as Executive Director.

Brenda was born and raised in Wisconsin, but found and fell in love with Nashville in 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Business in Human Resources and Marketing from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. She has 14 plus years of combined Business, Human Resources, Marketing, Non-Profit, Event planning and Community Outreach experience.

An adventure-seeker by nature, a love for travel opened the door to Missions beginning in 2008. She fell in love on her first trip to Africa and has returned four times. Through these experiences, and her own upbringing, she has developed a compassion for those that live or have grown up in low-income families and poverty-stricken areas.

Brenda is honored and excited to combine her love for reading and cycling and to continue pursuing Ride for Reading’s mission to help children become healthy and literate.

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Interim Director and past Board Chair Graham Gerdeman says, “We are so excited to bring Brenda in as the new Executive Director of Ride For Reading. We are entering our 10th year of operations in Nashville, and our San Antonio Chapter is entering its 2nd year. With Brenda on board, we believe 2018 will be the beginning of a new era for Ride For Reading.”

About Ride for Reading

Established in 2008, Ride for Reading’s mission is to help children in low-income areas become healthy and literate. Highlighted by their unique way to get books into the hands of children, Ride for Reading has donated over 500,000 books to children of low-income families nationally. The organization has been featured in The Tennessean, Nashville Parent, Bicycling Magazine, International Mountain Bike Magazine, Bicycle Times, Mountain Bike Action and many more.

For information regarding Ride for Reading, please contact Brenda Mikec, Executive Director, at Brenda.Mikec@rideforreading.org, or Mathew Portell, Founder and Chairman, at mathewportell@rideforreading.org.

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