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

Debbie Zingg
After reading John Wood's first book, Debbie was inspired to make a difference. She has been involved with Room to Read on three continents, volunteering in Hong Kong, Zurich and now Westchester, NY. Debbie is grateful to work alongside a great team of moms, wanting to make a difference around the globe.
Our Westchester Team:
We are a small team, working to raise awareness and fundraise in Westchester, on behalf of Room to Read. The following women are part of our team: Cathie Arquilla, Jill Brennick, Janet Godden, Karen Khor, Cini Palmer, Karen Regan and Debbie Zingg.

Upcoming Events

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!

A Teen Author Event was held on March 4, 2015 at the Voracious Reader with Annabel Monaghan, author of A Girl Name Digit and Double Digit, as well as co-author of Click. 

On October 28, 2015, our chapter hosted Tom Henry, Associate Director of Field Operations for Room to Read, at Wainwright House. He lead us through Room to Read's history of transforming spaces and minds for the love of learning. 

"Embracing change" was the theme for Room to Read's Westchester Rally for Reading on May 4, 2016 at the Larchmont Shore Club, an event featuring a talk by Lee Woodruff. She is the co-author of the New York Times Best-Seller In an Instant  and author of Those We Love Most and Perfectly Imperfect - A Life in Progress. The Q/A session was moderated by Kiran Chetry. Over 100 guests attended the event, which included music by jazz pianist, Sarah Slonim. Thanks to the students who helped us with our silent auction and raffle, as well as Voracious Reader for supporting our 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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