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:

Reader to Reader, Inc. - Web Management Assistant

Department Name: Reader to Reader

Job Title: Web Management Assistant

Term/Start Date: April 21, 2014

Job Description: Be our guru! Help manage the web presence of Reader to Reader, a non-profit with a long history of collaboration with Amherst College and surrounding public schools.

Approximate Number of Hours: 10 hours/month


Reader to Reader, Inc. Summer Math Tutor

Agency Name: Reader to Reader

Job Title: Math tutor

Term/Start Date: July 7, 2014

Job Description: Tutor rising HS seniors in SAT math in aggressive summer college access program for low-income students. Help administer/score practice tests. Assist lead teacher as needed.

Approximate Number of Hours: 30 hours/week


Strong math background

Interest in teaching/coaching

Great people/team skills

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.