Campus Challenge 2012-13

Societal Need Being Addressed: Domestic Poverty and Educational Opportunity

Last year Amherst College was one of over 300 colleges and universities to successfully participate in the President’s Community Service and Interfaith Campus Challenge. The overarching goals of the President’s Challenge continue for 2012-13:

Reading Mentor - Reader to Reader, Inc.

Agency Name: Reader to Reader

Job Title: Reading Mentor, Work-Study/America Reads

Term/Start Date: September 9, 2015

Web Management Assistant - Reader to Reader, Inc.

Agency Name: Reader to Reader, Inc.

Job Title: Web Management Assistant

Term/Start Date: September 9, 2015

Job Description: Be our guru! Help manage the Web presence and online activities of Reader to Reader, a non-profit with a long history of collaboration with Amherst College and surrounding public schools. We’re especially looking for someone with a strong ability to explain technical things slowly to an English major.

Approximate Number of Hours: 10-20 hours/month

Donating School Supplies

School supplies donated at Campus Challenge drop-off sites are being distributed to Amherst A Better Chance House, Homework House Holyoke, and Reader to Reader, Inc. Of course, you may donate supplies directly to the educational institution or community organization of your choice. Here's a list of commonly-requested school supplies:

WGGB-TV: Reader to Reader Donating Books to Schools in Need

The Springfield-area ABC News affiliate featured Reader to Reader, a college-based nonprofit that distributes books to needy school districts across the US, and volunteer Kathryn Libby ’11 in a segment that ran during its morning broadcast.

Navajo High School Students Visit Amherst

Navajo high school students from New Mexico participating in a Reader to Reader exchange program visited Amherst to get a sense of what life is like at college in October. Their visit was covered by reporters from The Daily Hampshire Gazette/Amherst Bulletin and the Springfield Republican.

Finding a Welcome Home for Used Books

This Christian Science Monitor article spotlighted Amherst’s support of Reader to Reader, an organization based in the CadiganCenter that distributes books to needy schools across the U.S.