Dear Ride for Reading Volunteers, Donors, Family and Friends,

Although the first wave of COVID-19 is behind us, we understand that we still have a long road to recovery consisting of many adjustments as we prepare for the new normal in our community operations and volunteer efforts. With this in mind, we are doing our best to continue to serve the Nashville Community while following the appropriate guidelines set forth by the CDC and local and state authorities.

Ride for Reading believes that as a community, we need to work together to protect each other, our families, those with compromised immune systems and the elderly members of our community. As always, the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and the youth we serve is our main priority. We appreciate your patience, understanding and cooperation as we continue to follow the guidance of the CDC as well as local and state authorities.

To help cease the spread of the coronavirus, Ride for Reading has postponed our formal book deliveries for the majority of 2020. However, we are still serving the children of Nashville by partnering with Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation, Metro Nashville Public Schools and other community organizations to supply books for pick-up at local Community Centers or businesses that are also providing healthy meals-to-go for the community.

While we are doing our best to continue to serve our community, Ride for Reading has a critical need for monetary donations. Due to COVID-19, Ride for Reading’s largest fundraising event, East Nashville Beer Festival, has also been cancelled for 2020. In order to raise additional funds, Ride for Reading has launched our READ. RIDE. GIVE. fundraiser. READ. RIDE. GIVE. is an interactive fundraiser that asks our volunteers, community supporters and the Nashville community to help Ride for Reading raise money by READing virtually, RIDE your bike to raise money and to just GIVE. Learn more HERE.

We have put together a short list of tips & resources to help families during this uncertain time:

  • Subscribe to the PBS Kids newsletter for tips & activities to help children play & learn at home.
  • CDC School resources
  • We recommend taking short walks or bike rides outdoors in your neighborhood or at your local State or public park to get fresh air & exercise while using proper social distancing practices.
  • Read at least 20 minutes everyday.

We hope that you will take the time to manage your stress and also remember others who might need your support—especially those living alone and/or without access to their regular community. We’re all in this together and we will get through this!

Be safe & healthy everyone!