United Through Reading leans into our program delivery partners who help us cast our net wide to bring United Through Reading to military members across the country and around the world. Learn more about our partners, our shared focus and our amplified impact.
- The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) provides hands-on, innovative, specialized programs and support services to military service members and their families. Programs are offered at low cost and require no dues or membership fees.United Through Reading and the ASYMCA are focused on the resiliency of military families. The challenges they face as they provide for the safety and security of our nation is immense.
- First Book provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy – access to books. Through the First Book Marketplace, qualifying organizations like United Through Reading may purchase brand-new books at 50-90% ff the market price. United Through Reading works with First Book to provide quarterly book shipments – including support for reading campaigns such as Read Across America and STEM the Summer Slide – to military commands so that participating military members have access to high quality and thematically appropriate titles to read to their loved ones at home.
- The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) Parent to Parent program is available at 14 of the largest Army and Air Force Installations. Each team of Parent to Parent educators are trained individuals (usually military spouses) who hold literacy events and workshops at least twice a month on the installation they serve. These workshops are for military families stationed at the installation.
Each Parent to Parent team is going to offer UTR in conjunction with one of their workshops in September. They are all utilizing the book “Hop on Pop”, and will design the workshop curriculum for that book. Then, they will ensure every military family makes a UTR recording of the book, and the family will take the recording home for the child to enjoy with the book.
- United Through Reading® expanded our nationally recognized program in 2006 to include additional recording locations by partnering with the USO to make the program available at select USO centers worldwide. Over the years, more than 378,000 service members have participated in the United Through Reading program at more than 110 USO host-sites including airport locations, military installations, and centers overseas. We are so grateful that through our collaboration agreement the USO delivers United Through Reading to military families all over the world — expanding our reach and making it even easier for military families to be United Through Reading.
- The Veterans Administration (VA) is committed to working closely with UTR to support the VA’s commitment to care for those who “have borne the battle” and their families. Through our partnership, Veterans build connections with their children and grandchildren, enhancing their relationships and well-being. The recorded reading sessions help Veterans create that “everyday” moment when they are separated from their families during extended medical treatment or while in residential care. UTR has become an additional tool for increasing family engagement and reaching individualized treatment goals. Our partnership is focused on bridging physical separations, encouraging literacy, creating connections and enhancing family support systems to wounded, ill, and injured Veterans in VA residential programs.