CELEBRATING THREE DECADES OF UNITING MILITARY FAMILIES

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Celebrate #UTR30 With Us!

 

Thirty years ago, United Through Reading was born from the simple idea of connecting service members to their children through the read aloud experience.

On July 5th, 2019, we began a yearlong campaign in celebration of our milestone birthday - #UTR30.  We are looking back at the special moments in our history and renewing our commitment to support military families as long as they are serving.

Join the fun by donating $30 – or a multiple of $30 like $300 or $3,000 - or by pledging your next birthday.

From our humble beginnings supporting Sailors and Marines at the 32nd Street Naval Base in San Diego to supporting every military branch around the world through an innovative multimodal delivery program, including a new cloud-based United Through Reading App, UTR is having a lasting impact on service members and their loved ones.

Pledge your birthday and help change lives.

It’s easy. Instead of gifts, ask for donations.

Whether you’re 8 or 85, you can make this your best birthday yet! Pledge your birthday and fundraise to help military service members stay connected to their loved ones through the read aloud experience even when miles and timezones separate them.

30 Years Uniting Military Families

1989
Family Literacy Foundation Formed

Family Literacy Foundation Formed

Betty Mohlenbrock forms Family Literacy Foundation and begins making video recordings on VHS tapes of Sailors reading to their children prior to deployment.
1991
United Through Reading Onboard

United Through Reading Onboard

Our program, United Through Reading, begins to deploy onboard Navy ships serving Sailors and Marines.

2006
UTR Goes Global

UTR Goes Global

We enter into partnership with the USO to expand our reach to all branches of service around the world.

2006
First Lady Serves as Honorary Chair

First Lady Serves as Honorary Chair

First Lady Laura Bush serves as the Honorary Chair of our Military Program.

2007
Officially United Through Reading

Officially United Through Reading

Our organization’s name officially changes to United Through Reading.

2007
Featured on Oprah

Featured on Oprah

We’re featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show’s “Cheers to You” episode.

2009
Target Corporation Sponsors Starter Kit

Target Corporation Sponsors Starter Kit

Target sponsors our inaugural Starter Kit with books, DVDs, and bookplates to send to UTR recording sites.

2009
Awarded Peter F. Drucker Award

Awarded Peter F. Drucker Award

We are awarded the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation.

2010
One Million Beneficiaries

One Million Beneficiaries

UTR reaches our one millionth beneficiary and receives the National Book Foundation’s Innovation in Reading Award.

2011
Invited to Joining Forces Launch

Invited to Joining Forces Launch

We accepted an invitation to the Joining Forces initiative led by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.

2013
Launched STEM Campaign

Launched STEM Campaign

UTR launches our inaugural STEM the Summer Slide campaign, encouraging literacy and interest in STEM subjects.

2015
Awarded American Prize

Awarded American Prize

We receive the American Prize of the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program.

2016
Awarded Community Service Hero Award

Awarded Community Service Hero Award

UTR surpasses two million beneficiaries and receives the inaugural Community Service Hero Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

2017
40 Million Stories Campaign Launched

40 Million Stories Campaign Launched

We launch our 40 Million Stories Campaign with Reader’s Digest Foundation as the Founding Sponsor to highlight the number of missed stories by military children each year.

2018
Mobile Story Station Launched

Mobile Story Station Launched

With support from BAE Systems, UTR launches the first Mobile Story Station in San Diego to serve military communities where they are, at work and in the community.

2019
United Through Reading App Launched

United Through Reading App Launched

We introduced the United Through Reading App to connect more service members with their families during times of military separation. Anytime. Anywhere.

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