Our alliances include organizations that join together with United Through Reading to help accomplish our mission.
In 2006, United Through Reading® expanded its nationally recognized program to include thousands of additional military families by uniting forces with USO to make the program available at select USO centers worldwide.
To date, over 80,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines have participated in United Through Reading’s Military Program at more than 60 USO host-sites including airport locations, military installations, and centers overseas.
AUSA Family Programs
The Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA) Family Programs Directorate addresses Army family concerns by representing families on a number of Department of Defense and Department of the Army boards, councils and working groups, and through AUSA’s legislative efforts. AUSA promotes United Through Reading to its members through media and visibility at their annual conferences.
Bob Woodruff Foundation
With a generous grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation, United Through Reading began to coordinate with Naval Medical Center San Diego’s (NMCSD) Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care (C5) unit to pilot the opportunity for Wounded Warriors to be video-recorded reading aloud on DVD. Through survey feedback, United Through Reading has confirmed that participation fulfills a unique, complex requirement for the Warriors – their desire to emotionally connect with their children, siblings or nieces and nephews back home using a familiar storybook.
The Center for the Book
United Through Reading is one of 80 National Reading Promotion Partners for The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The national network for The Center for the Book calls attention to the importance of books, reading, literacy, and libraries.
First Book provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy – access to books. Through the First Book Marketplace, qualifying organizations like United Through Reading may purchase brand-new books at 50-90% off the market price. First Book also invites authors who have written books about connecting during separation to make their books available to United Through Reading.
Google and Onix Networking Corporation
Google Federal and Onix Networking Corporation have joined forces to support United Through Reading in building a Google Site for web-based participation in our programs.
We will document processes for wider dissemination in the field next year. Accommodations will continue to be made for deployed locations without internet connectivity.
The Little Champs Heroes
The Little Champs Heroes – Child Heroes Attached to Military Personnel’s book and TLC initiative serve a dual purpose:1) to honor our Champs’ service to our Nation, while helping them cope with their military- connected challenges; and 2) to educate civilian classmates and the school community.
United Through Reading and TLC pool resources so that service members may read The Little CHAMPS aloud on DVD and share the video recording with children in civilian and military classrooms.
Military Child Education Coalition
United Through Reading and Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) are like-minded in their efforts to use literature in a way that fosters skills for resilience and strong parent-child connections. MCEC’s Tell Me a Story (TMAS) events offer an opportunity for families to bond around a carefully selected children’s book and related activities.
Navy League of the United States
Since 1902, the Navy League of the United States has grown to become a worldwide organization with nearly 50,000 members in more than 240 councils.
A primary objective of the League is to provide support for active duty sea services personnel and their families which aligns directly with their longtime support of United Through Reading’s Military Program.
National Education Association’s Read Across America Day
United Through Reading® joins the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day to ensure that separated military families we serve in all our programs may participate in NEA’s annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.
National Military Family Association
The mission of the National Military Family Association is to fight for benefits and programs that strengthen and protect uniformed services families and reflect the nation’s respect for their service. The Association has been a key partner in bringing the issues of military families to the forefront, sponsoring research on issues affecting military families, and connecting families with quality resources like United Through Reading that can help them weather the challenges of deployment and military life.
Reach Out and Read
United Through Reading® and Reach Out and Read (ROR) formed an alliance so that caregivers in ROR’s Military Initiative may offer United Through Reading’s Military Program as a healthy prescription during pediatric checkups to military families who are trying to build routines and reassure young children who are being tested by separation and deployment. Currently, ROR benefits 90,000 children of military families at 35 U.S. military installations.
James Patterson’s ReadKiddoRead.com
Best-selling author James Patterson is a fantastic advocate of children’s literature. We have collaborated with Patterson’s notable ReadKiddoRead .com website to make United Through Reading’s recommended booklist more powerful, dynamic and useful to our audiences of separated families.
The Real Warriors Campaign is an initiative launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury to promote the processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting reintegration of returning service members, veterans and their families.
In addition to promoting help-seeking behavior for service members and veterans with invisible wounds, the campaign provides valuable tools, resources and information for military families and children throughout all phases of the deployment cycle.
Reading is Fundamental
RIF, the largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the U.S., inspires children to be lifelong readers by delivering free books and literacy resources to those who need it most. In 2011, RIF provided 4 million children with 15 million books. RIF and United Through Reading are teaming up for a series of events – featuring book distributions and celebrity guest readers – for military children and their families across the nation.
Sesame Workshop provides innovative, curriculum-based programming that uses multiple media to address children’s critical developmental needs. Sesame’s Talk, Listen, Connect initiative offers bilingual materials and resources to support military families coping with difficult transitions in their lives, including deployment, homecomings, changes, and the death of a parent.
Tri West Healthcare Alliance
Tri West Healthcare Alliance partners with organizations that support the overall well being of service members, military retirees and their families. By sponsoring regional programs and funneling charitable contributions into the West Region communities, Tri West supports United Through Reading and other organizations that serve the military community’s needs.
We Give Books
We Give Books was created by the Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation. Together, they support literacy through programs that engage entire communities through literacy and awareness campaigns. We Give Books is a way that young children, together with their parents or caregivers, can come to understand the power of reading—and of giving.
Penguin and Pearson consider United Through Reading a best-in-class organization. Each quarter, they provide 150 Seasonal Book Packs containing 30 books about birthdays, graduation, or seasons so that military families can celebrate together even when they are separated by military deployments.
Zero to Three
ZERO TO THREE and United Through Reading collaborate on opportunities to share information with the public about the application of this program with military families with very young children through webinars and broadcast news. Also, ZERO TO THREE board books are provided in the United Through Reading libraries.