At Readers.com, we strive to give back to our local community as much as we can! Recently, a few members of our team had the opportunity to spend the day volunteering with The American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis on board their Bookmobile.
We were paired up with this amazing organization through an event put together by United Way called Day of Caring. Days of Caring are coordinated throughout the year with a goal of connecting companies, individuals, and other groups who want to make a difference around their community. You can learn more about Days of Caring on the United Way of Central Indiana’s website.
Many of the United Way’s community initiatives are centered around education, like giving support to local teachers and improving the environment around schools. With that in mind, we were so excited to be paired with a cause that’s all about reading and providing children free access to books!
In the Red Cross’s Bookmobile, we traveled to six different schools around Johnson County, with a goal to give out over 350 children’s books (spoiler alert: we succeeded!). Students were able to climb onto the bus and pick out a book to take home with them. We gave books to a wide age range of children, from two to eight years old. All the kids were very excited to be able to take home a book, and with such a wide selection, everyone managed to find something they were interested in reading!
Our Director of Talent and Culture, Gabby VanAlstine, spoke highly of her time volunteering at the schools: “I had an amazing day on the Bookmobile! It was extremely gratifying to be able to help children choose books, as this program promotes literacy and an interest in lifelong learning. It was such an awesome experience — I would love to do it again sometime soon!”
To learn more about the Red Cross’s Bookmobile and their other community outreach programs, click here.
Thank you to both United Way and The American Red Cross for inviting us to join you for such a great day of service. We had a blast and can’t wait to do it again!