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About Greater Hartford’s Program

Since 1998, the Read Aloud Mentoring Program in Greater Hartford has built literacy skills and enthusiasm for reading and books in thousands of underprivileged, elementary school students.  Twenty years later, this important work continues!  Read to a Child is proud to partner adult volunteers, hailing from local corporations, businesses and community organizations, with close to 200 students for weekly read aloud sessions during the students’ lunch period.

Today, as Connecticut faces the largest achievement gap in the nation and its municipalities struggle with economic challenges, the critical need to improve literacy skills and foster a love of reading is more urgent than ever. In fact, in the city of Hartford alone, there are 7500 public school students in kindergarten through grade four, who could benefit by participating in our Read Aloud Mentoring Program.

We need your support to bring the Read Aloud Mentoring Program to ALL of these students!  In the words of a Hartford school principal, “The Lunchtime Reading Program serves our most vulnerable students, who feel school is too tough or have lost their passion for reading.  The Program and its volunteers ignite a spark in them and give them a sense of family and community beyond school walls.”

Help light that spark! Please join us – as a corporate partner, individual donor or volunteer reader!

NOTE 2021: Our programs are currently functioning virtually, and we are giving priority to returning volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for the first time, and would like to hear from us once we’re ready for new volunteers, please complete this form! 

If you are a company or organization that would like to partner with us, please contact us at