Our alliances include organizations that join together with United Through Reading to help accomplish our mission.
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 Partner 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. Additionally, United Through Reading received the 2015 American Prize of the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program, awarding the nonprofit $50,000.
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 is supporting 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.
Guard Your Health
Guard Your Health provides a central place for Army National Guard Soldiers and family members to find information and resources on health and medical readiness. The site supports the Army National Guard Chief Surgeon’s efforts to build and sustain a resilient, adaptable and medically ready Citizen-Soldier force. United Through Reading is part of Guard Your Health’s Community Support Network as they work to support United Through Reading’s efforts to unite Army National Guard Soldiers with their families while they are away.
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.
Operation Shower hosts baby showers for thousands of military mommies with the overwhelming support of various individuals and groups across the country, including Birdies for the Brave. The showers not only provide amazing must-haves for the moms and their babies, but also give these women and their families a chance to come together and celebrate. United Through Reading, also a Birdies for the Brave Homefront Charity, partners with Operation Shower for various events in order to put classic children books in the hands of new military moms and ensure they are aware of the free service United Through Reading provides to keep deployed father’s bonding with new babies.
Reader’s Digest Foundation
The Reader’s Digest Foundation is dedicated to improving children’s literacy and educational success. With a passion for encouraging young readers, the Reader’s Digest Foundation approved a grant of $125,000 to United Through Reading in 2016. This grant advances our mission to help military members instill a love of reading in their children despite military separations like deployment.
In 2014 the Reader’s Digest Foundation launched a four-year commitment with its R.E.A.D. Together campaign to support parent and caregiver involvement in childhood literacy, which is a crucial factor for academic and career success. As a part of this campaign, the Reader’s Digest Foundation supports United Through Reading in its work to promote reading in the lives of our military children. United Through Reading is so grateful to have the support of the Reader’s Digest Foundation.
James Patterson’s ReadKiddoRead
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.
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.
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.
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.
Surface Navy Association
The Surface Navy Association (SNA) was incorporated in 1985 to promote greater coordination and communication among those in the military, business and academic communities who share a common interest in Naval Surface Warfare and to support the activities of Surface Naval Forces. Through a variety of annual endeavors they provide to their members—and the Surface Warfare community at large—support and programs and activities which enable professional growth, personal satisfaction and camaraderie.
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 the United Through Reading program at more than 70 USO host-sites including airport locations, military installations, and centers overseas.
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.