Budding Readers has put more than 41,000 books into the homes of Ontario County children!
2013 - 2017: Budding Readers gifted more than 750 new books each year to entering kindergarten and UPK students in our communities.
2017: Two new programs were added. The Victor Community Program serves families in the Victor School District. Our partnership with Healthy Families - Ontario County, assists their work with at-risk families to improve birth outcomes, promote positive parenting, prevent abuse/neglect, and improve school success.
Grants 2016-2017: Grants were received with gratitude from:
CNB (Canandaigua National Bank) Community Grant
Ronald McDonald House Charities
ESL Charitable Foundation
Spring Hill Fund
Budding Readers Benefits from Ongoing Book Grants
Ongoing grants for high-quality new books have been awarded to Budding Readers by The Lisa Libraries and First Book National Book Bank. We are grateful to receive these books and to be able to give them to our Budding Readers families.
First Book, founded in 1992, has given over 160 million books to programs and schools serving children from low-income families in 30 different countries. They operate full-time in the US and Canada, reaching approximately 3 million children each year!
The Lisa Libraries, founded in 1990, has given over 375,000 books to nonprofit organizations serving children in under-served areas across the country.
Summer 2016: We gave over 800 books to children participating in Library and school summer reading programs in our 7 communities.
Holiday Gifting: We regularly support local organizations in Canandaigua, Midlakes, Naples, and Honeoye by providing new children's books that are included in holiday baskets gifted to local families.
Charlie's Kids Foundation: We are committed to assist Charlie's Kids to spread the word about safe sleep practices and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) prevention. Their board book (Sleep Baby, Safe & Snug) is included in newborn bundles in our communities, at Thompson birthing classes, and for newborns we meet at WIC. Grants supporting this effort have come from Kyrias Foundation, Inc and Ronald McDonald House Charities.