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 250,000 service members 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 has established pilot sites at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Wounded Warrior Regiment (Quantico, VA) and Wounded Warrior Battalion East (Camp LeJeune) to provide the opportunity for Wounded, Ill and Injured to be video-recorded reading aloud on DVD. Through survey feedback, United Through Reading has confirmed that participation fulfills a unique, complex requirement within this community to emotionally connect with their children, siblings or nieces and nephews using a familiar storybook.
The Center for the Book
United Through Reading is proud to be a 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% ff the market price. United Through Reading works with First Book to provide quarterly book shipments – including support for reading campaigns such as Read Across America and STEM the Summer Slide – to military commands so that participating military members have access to high quality and thematically appropriate titles to read to their loved ones at home.
Google Federal and Unisys Federal
Google Federal and Unisys Federal have joined forces to support United Through Reading in building secure, individual Google sites for service members who wish to participate in our program with web-based delivery.
After piloting, processes will be established for wider dissemination in the field. Accommodations will continue to be made for deployed locations without internet connectivity.
The Little Champs Heroes
The Little C*H*A*M*P*S – Child Heroes Attached to Military Personnel is a children’s book that has become a movement to honor our C*H*A*M*P*S’ service to our Nation. Discussion about the book helps C*H*A*M*P*S value and cope with their military-connected challenges while also creating a dialogue with their civilian classmates and the school community. United Through Reading and The Little C*H*A*M*P*S (TLC) pool resources so that service members may read the book 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 43,000 members in more than 245 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 the military families we serve 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.
ProCore Resource Group is a consulting firm that offers full service consulting services by leveraging their proprietary change analysis methodology to architect cloud computing solutions tailored for their clients needs. For United Through Reading, this has translated into a comprehensive approach to program management using ten pro-bono Salesforce accounts and the volunteer expertise of ProCore’s team to assist us in serving our constituents.
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.
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 book list 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.
RIF and United Through Reading team 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.
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 year, they provide copies of the selected Jumpstart Read for the Record title to United Through Reading locations so that military members and their families can help break the record for the largest shared reading experience. Readers throughout the nation read the same title on the same day across America – and in the case of United Through Reading participants – from around the world!
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.