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 

Welcome to our Westchester Chapter Page. Our chapter was founded in November 2010 by a group of local parents inspired by a concern for children and literacy and the unwavering belief that every child has the right to books and an education. We hope to make a difference in the lives of many children in the developing world. Our Chapter is known for its author events and Students Helping Students Movement.

Meet the 
 Chapter Leaders

Carine Verschueren - Chapter Founder
Carine feels incomplete without a good book and believes every child should have access to books to read,learn and dream. This Belgian native has lived and worked in Belgium, China, Singapore, Japan and New York. She holds a Master's Degree in International Relations, has a background in Finance and is currently working on a Ed.M. in International Educational Development at Columbia.
Jill Brennick

Upcoming Events

Our Chapter is changing.  More information to follow shortly.  A first monthly meeting will be held late September 2014. 

For more information write to roomtoreadwestchester@gmail.com

Event Photos


Past Events

The Westchester Chapter held its first Beers for Books event on Thursday, February 10th, 2011 at 7:30 pm at Molly Spillane's in Mamaroneck. For every beer sold, Molly Spillane's donated $1 to Room to Read's Local Language Publishing Program. Since every local language book costs $1 to produce, 1 beer = 1 book. 

On Monday, May 9th 2011 we were joined at the Rye Free Reading Room by Kall Kann, Room to Read's Country Director for Cambodia.   We learned how he is rebuilding literacy in Cambodia through encouraging the habit of reading among Primary School Children and through supporting girls to stay in school.   It was an inspiring evening with a truly altruistic leader who is changing the lives of many children in his country.

On November 16,2011 the Chapter held its first RALLY FOR READING, a luncheon featuring Erin Ganju, CEO of Room to Read and Julie Orringer,  award-winning author of The Invisible Bridge and How to Breathe Underwater.  Close to 200 people attended the event. 

The second annual Beers for Books was held on February 29, 2012 at Palmer's Crossing in Larchmont.    For every alcoholic drink sold,  Palmer's Crossing donated $1 to our Local Language Publishing Program.  Thank you to all our existing and new supporters who came out to mingle and help us raise funds for books!

A Teen Author Event was held on September 28th, 2012 at the voracious reader with auhtor/journalist Patricia Mc Cormick to celebrate the release of her book "Never Fall Down".  More than 50 teens attended the event. 

On Thursday, February 28, 2013, the chapter hosted "An evening with John Wood" at the Emelin Theater where John had a conversation with journalist anchor, Kiran Chetry about his new book "Creating Room to Read, a Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy".   20 High School Students from 10 different schools in Westchester helped us out.   Thank you to Ursuline, Irvington High School and New Rochelle High School for raising funds!  

Stories of resilience in the face of tremendous odds was the theme in Room to Read Westchester’s Rally for Reading on April 10,2014  at the Larchmont Shore Club, an event featuring a talk by Christine Baker Kline, author of New York Times’ bestseller “Orphan Train,” a luncheon, and silent auction.  The event was attented by 150 supporters. Thank you to the students from Pelham High School, Ursuline and Hommocks Middle School for raising enough funds to build a library in Sri Lanka in 2014!

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.


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