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.
The Nashville chapter was founded in early 2010 by a small group of people interested in promoting literacy and girls education, especially in the developing world. Nashville is a center of higher education known for the quality of its academically enriching environment. We pledge to do our part to contribute to the success of Room to Read by striving to develop and maintain a vibrant, enthusiastic chapter that will make Nashvillians proud to live in "The Athens of the South."
Room to Read is looking for new leadership in the Seattle area. If you share our belief that world change starts with educated children and would like to support our cause please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Hour at Mafiaoza's Pizzeria and Neighborhood Pub
When: Thursday, March 14th from 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Mafiaoza's at 2400 12th Avenue South, Nashville TN
Why: The Nashville Chapter of Room to Read will be celebrating our successful February event, An Evening with Room to Read at Parnassus Books, and planning our next event during a happy hour hang on Thursday, March 14th from 5:30 to 7:30pm. We would love for all those interested in learning more about our chapter and its work to join us for drinks and discussion! Details and an opportunity to RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/events/464830473571558/?fref=ts.
An Evening with Room to Read at Parnassus Books
The Nashville Chapter of Room to Read joined Parnassus Books on February 17, 2013 in celebrating the launch of "Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy", the newest book by Room to Read founder John Wood. Event attendees enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, drinks, live music and a silent auction of goods and services from local vendors, and helped to raise $3,155 towards the $5,000 needed to fund the creation of a library in South/Southeast Asia.Vanderbilt University's Chancellor Lecture Series with Nicholas Kristoff
On January 31, 2013, Nicholas Kristof, Pulitizer Prize-Winning New York Times journalist and co-author of Half the Sky, Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide with wife and fellow Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Sheryl WuDunn, visited Vaanderbilt's campus to make a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world. Drawing on the breadth of his reporting experience, he illuminated how the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential and how we can each do our part to support women’s empowerment worldwide.
Beers for Books - Booktoberfest Event at Fat Bottom BreweryOn Thursday, October 25th, 2012, Room to Read - Nashville, in partnership with Fat Bottom Brewing, hosted a Booktoberfest event attended by over 100 RtR supporters. For every beer sold, Fat Bottom donated $1 to Room to Read's local language publishing program. By the end of the evening, we had raised $600, which was matched by Better World Books for a total of $1200. As $1 buys 1 book, this event funded the publishing of 1200 books in children's local language.
World on Wednesday - "How World Change Starts with Educated Children"
Jessica Lyon and Robbye Good, Nashville Chapter leaders presented at World on Wednesdays on Room to Read's history, programs and impact, and ways interested individuals can support its work from Nashville. World on Wednesday, hosted by Vanderbilt's International Student and Scholar Services, allows members of the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities to engage in presentations, informal conversations and topical lectures on global issues. For more information, see http://www.vanderbilt.edu/isss/activities-events/world-on-wednesdays-wow/
Jewels for Schools
Moms, sisters and girlfriends from across the city showed up at Two Moon Gallery for Jewels for Schools, a jewelry party that benefited girls' education in the developing world. Attendees enjoyed wine, snacks and beautifully handmade jewelry from artisan designer Kayte Price. Forty percent of the jewelry proceeds went to Room to Read's Girls' Education program.
Middle Tennessee party-goers visited Nepal without leaving Middle Tennessee. Room to Read hosted a Nepali Night at the Patterson Park Community Center in Murfreesboro. Guests ate Nepali food, watched a traditional Nepalese dance and then showed off their own moves to Nepalese folk songs! Thanks to your support, Room to Read Nashville raised more than $5,000!
Celebrating 50 Years of an American Classic
July 11, 2010 marked the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee's beloved novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. To celebrate Davis-Kidd hosted a special event featuring six local authors who read their favorite passage from To Kill a Mockingbird. Throughout the reading 20 percent of all customer purchases were donated to Room to Read! Thanks to Davis Kidd's generosity, Room to Read raised nearly $1,300 during the To Kill a Mockingbird 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!