About Room to Read Chapters

Room to Read depends on our chapter leaders and chapter members to help us achieve our annual fundraising goal and to represent Room to Read. Our chapters are comprised of groups of individuals who have made a long-term volunteer commitment to promoting Room to Read within their networks and communities. The chapters organize annual fundraising events, introduce us to potential corporate, foundation and individual supporters and act as representatives for Room to Read within their area.

About the 

Thank you for coming to our web site. The Houston Chapter for Room to Read had its first fund raiser in April of 2010 and managed to raise enoungh money to build a library in Laos and send 24 young girls to school on scholarships its first year. We are always looking for those that want to make a difference in the world and support this great cause. Come join our group or attend one of our social events to meet like minded people and influence world change, one book, one child at a time!

Meet the  Chapter Leaders

Michael Halpin
Michael was inspired by John Woods book "Leaving Microsoft to Change the World" and sought to join the volunteer effort of Room to Read. Disappointed to learn in 2009 there was not a Houston chapter, he recruited an experienced and dedicated team to launch the chapter that exists today. Michael also volunteers at Crossroads which is counseling for incarcerated teenagers.
Amanda Fox
Amanda owns her own real estate company and is actively involved in philanthropy in Houston and Austin. She currently sits on the board for Bo's place, a charity for children experiencing the loss of a parent and was instrumental in the start of the Houston chapter for Room to Read bringing a wealth of experience and connections.
Rosie Murphy
Rosie owns her own consulting company and brings years of experience in fund raising and organizing charity events to the Houston chapter. She is currently also actively involved with St. Jude serving on their board.
Mia Hinojosa
Mia is a Private Banking Officer at Green Bank. She enjoys fundraising and volunteering for several different charity organizations in Houston. She is also actively involved with St. Jude serving on their board.
Mia is a Private Banking Officer at Green Bank. She enjoys fundraising and volunteering for several different charity organizations in Houston. She is also actively involved with St. Jude serving on their board.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday Nov 16th, 2016   Summer fundraising event.  Come join us to raise money for young girls scholarships to be able to attend school and learn how to read.  The money will allow them to go to school for the first time in their lives!!!!  The money goes directly to help pay for their books and allow the family to give them time off from the work they currently do so the family can survive.  The value of your donation literally lifts a generation out of poverty!!!!  

Make a difference in the world and come meet successful, energetic like minded people.  Promises to be an amazing night so come join us and say hello and meet the team.  

Please rsvp to halpintravel@gmail.com for invitation and/or more information   7:30pm until everyone is too tired to keep dancing!!!!


Event Photos

Room to Read event raising money to build library

Past Events

April 2010   Launched the Houston Chapter for Room to Read with over 150 in attendance

Sept 2010      Our second fundraiser raised over 11K to propel us toward our goal of building a library in SE Asia         

Dec 2010      Closed out the year with our third fundraiser acknowledging all those who worked so hard to make the first year a success and look forward to 2011!

April 21, 2011       Oceans Restaurant at 819 West Alabama from 7pm to 9pm for an evening of cocktails, appetizers and sprinkles cupcakes!  Over 70 people joined the cause for the evening raising awareness to even more Houstonians 

Aug 30, 2011   Summer happy hour to recruit volunteers for the Houston chapter and raise a little money to support Room to Read and their 2011 goals!

Oct 2011     RTR 350    350 Mile Bike Ride from Pittsburg to Washington DC to raise money for Room to Read.  Tired but successful competing the trip in 4 days and raising moeny for a great cause.

Dec 16-18, 2011     Bowling for Books.  Incredible weekend raising awareness for Room to Read with children and adults alike at the local bowling alley raising over $500.  Nice job to all the little ones who become so excited and helpful to the cause!  

Feb 2012          Happy hour with some new enthusiastic members to the Houston chapter.  Planning evening for Spring/Summer fundraiser.

April 2012     House party with Nepal theme raising over $2,000

October 2012  Happy hour at 13 degree Celcius.  Great crowd and fun while creating awareness for Room to Read.

November 2012   Half Ironman Triathlon to support Room to Read 

February 8, 2013  John Wood, founder of Room to Read  travels to Houston to launch his new book!  John spoke and signed books for everyone who attended.

March 20th, 2013   Room to Read fundraiser for Girls scholarships!

June 1st, 2013  Bikram yoga fundraiser in Sugarland and West Universtiy, Houston, Tx

I'd like to extend an invitation to join our fundraiser for Room toRead. If you're not familiar with this wonderful organization, in a nutshell, they "seekto transform the lives of millions of children in Africa and Asia by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education".

We've come up with several ways you can contribute. On Saturday evening 6/1, the 6:30 pm class at our South Blvd location will be a donation class. This means that we will take all the proceeds from the class and donate them toRooms to Read. You may use your lesson package, so if funds are tight, it won't cost you a penny extra to help this great cause. Of course if you want to donate additional funds, we will gladly accept cash or a check made out to the charity.

We will also be hosting a raffle! For $1/ticket or $20/25 tickets, we will be raffling three separate prizes, a 10 lesson package, a monthly unlimited, and a private lesson.... so try your luck and help us help Room to Read. Winners will be announced onSunday 6/2.

Last but not least, we will also have donation baskets at the front register if you'd like to make a simple donation to this great cause. Thank you for your generosity, and for creating such good energy in the world!



Thursday, September 26th, 2013  Autumn fundraiser and illiteracy awareness event for Room to Read.  Strategic planning for 2014 fundraising events,  evening of discussing Room to Read's success around the world and John Wood's new book "Creating Room to Read."

January 22nd, 2014  Happy hour to start of the year promoting girls scholarships and John Wood's new book.

Sunday, May 11, 2014     The Manor House, Kingwood, Tx, 77339

Touched and inspired by hearing John Wood, author of “Leaving Microsoft to Change the World” and founder of Room to Read, a handful of local women developed a project in which they obtained permission to renovate and then lease a vacant house in Fall Creek. This was a team effort in which volunteers repaired, painted, cleaned, scrubbed, polished, hauled, trimmed and landscaped…
Learning about the project, a number of local businesses donated their time and/or services as well.
After expenses, the women will have raised $30,000 to support the mission of Room to Read.  The event to celebrate this great achievement at the Manor House was a great success raising more money for Room to Read and creating awareness in Kingwood and larger Houston area.

May 2014  Room to Read makes the finals as best charity in Houston Volunteers competition!!!!! 


Summer 2015 was our Run for a Cause Season spreading the word about Room to Read in multiple Triathlon races.

Jan 26, 2016  Started off the year with a fun, laid back meet and greet happy hour to create awareness, network and brainstorm about future events to raise money and get more Houstonians involved and knowledgeable about Room to Read.  Fun fun fun and very productive.  Hope to see you at our next event :-)




Get Involved with the Chapter!

Volunteer with your local chapter: We're thrilled to hear of your interest in getting involved with the chapter! Volunteering with a Room to Read chapter is not only a great way to help further Room to Read's mission, but also to meet new people! Volunteer opportunities include helping to plan events, giving small presentations about Room to Read's work, and introducing Room to Read to new supporters! If you would like to learn more, please update your profile by filling out the Volunteer Form.


Organize your own fundraiser or start an online campaign: Whether you’re running a race, encouraging wedding guests to donate in lieu of gifts, hosting a party at your home, or raising money just because you believe in our mission, the personalized fundraising tool will allow you share the Room to Read story with your friends and family through your own web pages and email messages. You can also track the success of your email campaigns and your progress towards your fundraising goal. Check out our Friends Asking Friends section!



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