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November Newsletter

Our Impact 



A Note from Jennifer 

Reading Friends, to watch a child select a book and light up like a spark, to see them holding it close, dive in and explore, experience, learn, and grow, this is what we do! As we move into the cozy season, it fills my heart with joy to know that we are getting over 1500 books, each week, into the hands and hearts of the children, youth, and families, in our region who need them most. Thank you, together we are bringing the joy and promise of books and reading to all South Sound children.




Jennifer W. Forster, Executive Director 


Give Local


Give Where You Live through the Community Foundation’s Give Local campaign, November 8th-19th.  Please consider supporting our work through this important community wide campaign. More to come… 




Book Donations Always Welcome

The Foundation is always in need of gently used children's books. You can donate your books at our office, Monday-Friday, 9am to 4:30pm.

We also have suggestions available on our Wish lists:


Supporter Spotlight


Thank you Barnes and Noble for hosting a book drive for the children, youth, and families we serve! If you are out and about please stop by Barnes and Noble and purchase and donate a few books to the drive.


Find Us On Social Media

Interested in the day-to-day goings on here at SSRF? Stay up to date by following us on Facebook and Instagram! We post Mission Moments, Partner Spotlights and Book Features every week. Here's a Mission Moment that our Book Program Coordinator Ben posted last month.


You can find us on Facebook at (https://www.facebook.com/southsoundreading)

and on Instagram at (https://www.instagram.com/southsoundreading/)


Volunteer Connections

We are so lucky to have such incredible partners that work to support our mission of bringing the joy and promise of reading to all South Sound children. Volunteers donated 131.5 hours of their time in October. That's a gift worth $1504!

Volunteer drop-in hours continue to be open every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am-12pm. Come help us refill our inventory by cleaning and snickering all the book donated to The Foundation. All interested volunteers should reach out to our Program Coordinator, Sarah Gage, at sgage@nthurston.k12.wa.us

Interested in volunteering? Connect with us here: https://www.southsoundreading.org/how-you-can-help/ 


Hiring Announcements

SSRF is now hiring for two permanent positions: 

The Development Director is responsible for procuring agency and event sponsors, cultivating donors, playing a key role in planning agency fundraising events, and overseeing the agency’s long term marketing strategy.

Salary: $20-$30/hour, depending on experience.

Hours: 20-30/week

More information and application here: https://www.facebook.com/job_opening/1296678670764968/?source=share

The Book Program Coordinator is responsible for providing literacy programming. In our book van, travel throughout Thurston and Mason Counties visiting low income housing units, after school programs, and schools. Collect and distribute free books and literacy information. Room for creativity in programming; want to create/run a writing workshop, tutoring program, etc? 

Salary: $14-$15/hour depending on experience.

Flexible schedule needed (may need to work some afternoons and weekends).

More information and application here: https://www.facebook.com/job_opening/169280121745701/?source=share


Ways to help us celebrate all year!





Visit our website and follow us on Facebook to learn more about our programs or request services! 


Program Sponsors

Thank you, Sponsors, for your incredible commitment to children's literacy!

Books for Kids

Bean, Gentry, Wheeler, Peternell, PLLC

Book Van

Small to Tall Pediatric Dentistry

Books for the Break

WSECU Credit Union

Panorama Retirement Community, Lacey

Born to Read

Washington 529 College Savings Plans

Literacy Bookshelves

Connect with Me

Read to Me

Washington 529 College Savings Plans

Books for Babies

Olympia Pediatrics

Washington 529 College Savings Plans

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