Reading to the Others
Reading to Others is a nonprofit organization, founded in 2015, with the aim to make reading accessible to all. Through its first three years of operation, Reading to the Others developed a network of over 3,000 volunteers who read to people in care homes and other organizations in 4 cities (Athens, Thessaloniki, Irakleio and Chania) with a total number of 850 beneficiaries, 450 of which are elderly. Reading to the Others extensively trains its many volunteers.
The grant regards the expansion of the reading services offered to nonprofit care homes, through a funding collaboration with the Embassy of the United States. More specifically, the expansion will be implemented by a fulltime coordinator, in 2 pillars: A) reading by volunteers to care homes whereby 10 nonprofit Attica care homes will be added to 11 pre-existing ones. The weekly readings will be carried out by 50 volunteers who will have received specialized training on therapeutic reading by psychologists and social workers. B) Intergenerational program whereby 60 students from 12 high schools will read traditional stories to the elderly in 10 care homes. These students will undergo specialized training as well. The direct beneficiaries of both pillars are the 400 elderly residents of nonprofit care homes across Attica.