Volunteer spotlight: Frankie Hard

Jan 16, 2022

United Through Reading relies on our amazing volunteers to help us reach service members and Veterans around the world. They help facilitate recordings, spread the word about United Through Reading, and serve as ambassadors for our programs. One of our CS2(SW) Robert Franklin “Frankie” Hard, III, USN, shares his most memorable moment as a United […]

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Message from the Chairman of the Board: Dr. Sally Ann Zoll to retire in 2022

Dec 20, 2021

United Through Reading’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Sally Ann Zoll, has informed the Board of Trustees of her intent to retire in 2022 after 15 years of invaluable service to military families and a career dedicated to promoting education and literacy. Under Sally’s leadership, United Through Reading has thrived in fulfilling the incredibly important mission […]

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Always Available, Even When At Sea

Oct 28, 2021

Ahead of her husband’s DC3 Nate VanVleck deployment, Navy spouse Christy VanVleck heard about United Through Reading from a friend and soon received a free book with information about the UTR app at an event. Thinking the world was giving her a sign Christy downloaded the App and had Nate record a story for their, […]

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United Through Reading Receives $150,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Youth Literacy Initiatives

Oct 18, 2021

San Diego, CA – October 18, 2021 – Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded United Through Reading (UTR) a $150,000 grant to support military youth literacy initiatives. This local grant award is part of more than $3 million in grants awarded this fall to nearly 760 nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools across the 46 states […]

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A Special Thanks from A Special Forces Family

Sep 29, 2021

Maggie Worthington loves being involved in her special forces military spouse community, currently serving as the Fleet Readiness Group (FRG) president and ombudsman to her spouse’s command. As a Navy Seal, her husband spouse, Chief Petty Officer Rhodes Worthington deploys frequently as a Navy Seal, leaving Maggie with their two daughters, Madeline, six, and Mackenzie, […]

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Family of 7 Stays Connected with Reading

Aug 25, 2021

With five children, the McNeil family is a busy bunch, especially when dad, Staff Sergeant Chris McNeil, deploys with the Marines. During deployments, mom, Samantha, is left to solo parent Maura, 9, Audrey, 7, Fionn, 5, Liam, 4, and Isla, 18 months. Throughout his current and last deployment Samantha and the family found comfort using […]

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Finding New Ways to Use UTR

Jul 30, 2021

The Cheesemans have four children: Riley, 12; Mackenzie, 9; Jaxton, 7; and Corbin, 3. Kelly says of her kids, “they love to read, but they’re not really strong with it.” They started using the UTR app as a way to help build confidence and ability as readers. Initially, Kelly made videos and her kids would follow along […]

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United Through Reading Launches Literacy Advisory Council at annual Tribute to Military Families

Jul 22, 2021

Media contact: jessicahall@utr.org Washington, D.C. — United Through Reading (UTR) announced the formation of a new Literacy Advisory Council tonight at their Tribute to Military Families in Washington, D.C. The new council will support United Through Reading’s mission and Board of Trustees by providing guidance and recommendations on trends in literacy, resources, and partnership opportunities. […]

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