The Nerdery - Overnight Website Challenge

Twin Cities 2014, April 12-13

Everybody Wins

Everybody Wins MN is a literacy mentorship program that partners employees from participating organizations with students in high-poverty neighborhood schools for weekly 30-minute one-on-one read-aloud sessions over the lunch hour. We serve around 1000 students in 9 schools annually, with volunteers from 25 worksites (among them US Bank, MN Judiciary Center, and Capella University).

What new functionality we are looking for

We would like to revamp the entire site. It is very old and out of date. We would like new functionality to include a working blog, donation widgets, and seamlessly incorporate our social networking sites/apps as well as provide a one-stop access point for volunteer and coordinator information, registration, and forms.

How the new functionality will help

We need to do more to define and establish our brand while energizing our volunteer base. This would also allow us a better opportunity to expand our pool of financial supporters in the service of expanding our reach and increasing web site traffic.

How our organization will use the technology

Who will use the technology

77 Messages from Supporters

2014-03-04 20:04:24 UTC
Tom Kapocius

EWM is one of the most innovative and impactful volunteer organizations that I have ever been a part of. Having the ability to effectively communicate their message and utilize technology to attract funding will go a long way in ensuring that the program remains viable for the young learners as well as the volunteers that the program positively affects.

2014-03-04 21:48:01 UTC
Joe Dotson

Everyone Wins Minnesota needs a more powerful web-site to both tell the story and to recruit new volunteers. An eye-catching new site will increase traffic and provide increased exposure. It's also an ideal way to communicate information to the volunteers.

2014-03-06 18:24:05 UTC
Kay Winter

I've loved seeing the changes in students every year that I have volunteered. With the one-on-one attention and encouragement, they grow in love of reading and learning every single time. This program gets right at the heart and start of life-long learning and success for kids. It's an amazing program.

2014-03-04 23:54:22 UTC
Maggie Passmore

EWM needs a new website to further their cause of emplowering wonderful young minds by partnering kids with adult readers. A new website will help them increase visibility, enthusiasm, and engagement of the public with this vital program and will help increase volunteerism. I have participated as a reader with Everybody Wins and can tell you that it was without doubt the highlight of my week, and I told everyone I knew about it. I wish that there had been a great website that I could have pointed them to to help them learn more about the program.

2014-03-05 16:12:03 UTC
Craig Sweet

EWM is a fantastic organization that does great things for our students. The youth really look forward to their weekly reading sessions. The individual time spent with a caring adult is invaluable. The connections are deep and meaningful. And, the volunteer aspect of the program is what makes it all run. A new web-site would help EBW communicate their mission and aid in the recruitment new volunteers. Also, enhancements to the site could support current volunteers with appropriate paperwork and schedules. EBW is a deserving organization and I hope they are selected for this Nerdery technology upgrade.

2014-03-05 21:13:44 UTC
Bev Esala

EWM is utilizing their wesite in great ways - keeping us connected with the schools that we volunteer at, keeping track of the documents that we use with our readers, and this year even linking up with some new information on where to find some great books to read.

However, often you have to drill down about three or four levels to find the information you're looking for, which can be very cumbersome. Or you may have trouble even finding what it is you're looking for.

We sure could use a makeover!

2014-03-05 21:37:07 UTC
Laura Vonhof

Enhancements to the site could eliminate paperwork and administrative hassles. The EWM program is a great way for kids to connect with volunteers, and find some stability in reading each week. I'd love to see the site re-vamped, what a good cause this is - let's increase the exposure and recruit more readers!

2014-03-05 22:27:01 UTC
Jina Terry

I would just like to say how important the Everybody Wins Program is. I have been able to part of this Amazing program for years and I have seen the Wonderful things that have come from this organization. It is crucial that their website gets a new look to help make the registering process easier, opportunity to blog, social networking, easily accessible for volunteers and social media. EWM has a lasting effect on the young and old. Please help by keeping this program growing. Thank you ~

2014-03-06 12:51:42 UTC
Glenda Hernandez

EWM is one of the most exciting volunteer organizations that I have been involved with. My own children were involved with this program. Enhancements to their website, I feel, would attact even more volunteers with a more user friendly updates by eliminating some of the levels to find out about the program and stating their Mission Statement up front.

2014-03-06 13:47:58 UTC
Sonya Kith

Everybody Wins Minnesota is such a great organization that encourages young children to think intellectually and creatively. It promotes a lifelong passion of reading to children at an early age, and the children look forward to their weekly reading sessions. A revamped website for EVM will help market their organization missions and goals, and to provide an outlet for schools, volunteers, and the community to be stay in touch with all things related to EWM.

2014-03-06 15:47:38 UTC
Katrina Perris

EWM is a great organization that has a great impact on not only the students, but also on the volunteers who read to them. In the past 5 years of my participation in the program, I have grown and have enjoyed watching my buddies grow as well. The website for EWM is full of useful information, but could benefit from further advancements. Giving the EWM website an overhaul would only improve their effectiveness.

2014-03-06 17:10:16 UTC
Tanya Hagre

Everybody Wins is truly a win-win organization. When connections are made across generations, across the public and private sectors, and across cultures, our community benefits and ways we cannot even imagine. Everybody Wins leverages volunteering to create community impact short-term and for years to come as long-term relationships are developed between the readers and the children as well as between corporations and schools. Every segment of the population benefits. A new website and increased awareness are key. This program is a model that lends itself to duplication across our state and the opportunities are endless. Let's spread the word!

2014-03-06 17:24:24 UTC
Shawntera Hardy

Everybody Wins! MN goes above and beyond to ignite the LOVE of reading in students throughout the State. As Minnesota struggles with the achievement gap, Everybody Wins! MN is playing a critical role to advance learning. It would be beyond GREAT for the organization to be chosen this year.

2014-03-06 18:39:06 UTC
Alex Zayed

Reading to my first grade book buddy is one my favorite parts of the week. It is fun to pick out books I think she'd like, especially when she really enjoys them. We sometimes trade off reading pages and it is a joy to see her skills grow as the year progresses. Students and volunteers alike look forward to reading day. I am so glad I heard about this program. A revamped website would help others better discover the joys of being involved in Everybody Wins Minnesota.

2014-03-06 18:41:17 UTC
Jill Fonaas

A high literacy rate gives a community more strength. The children in the Everybody Wins! MN program may learn how to read in class, but many of them have obviously never been read to at home, and aren't being encouraged to be readers by anyone but their teacher. EWM seeks to positively impact these kids by giving them a one-on-one experience they probably aren't getting otherwise. I have been involved with EWM for 5 years now, and it is so great to watch a child's imagination come alive during the reading, and to see the arc of their progress over a school year. A re-vamped website would help EWM promote awareness in the community and fundraise. It would make things more user friendly for us volunteers!

2014-03-06 18:43:37 UTC
Esther Nelson

This great program deserves an equally great website. I enjoy reading to my kindergardener almost as much as she enjoys my visits. Watching her grow in her reading skills makes my heart warm. I believe that with the proper web site, EWM could attract more readers and we could possibly have readers in every school - something that can only help society as a whole. Lets help EWM grow by creating an effective website. Not only would we attract more readers, but we would have a place to communicate with current readers.

2014-03-06 18:46:45 UTC
Akeem Adeniji

EWM does a great job at providing a platform for volunteers to read to school children and spread the love of reading. A state of the art and user friendly website will be a big boost to the efforts of the organization. I believe that the website will also attract more people and eventually bring in more volunteers to read to scholl children.

2014-03-06 18:51:56 UTC
Jonelle Johnson

EWM is such a great organization that encourages young children to think intellectually and creatively. It promotes a lifelong passion of reading to children at an early age, and the children look forward to their weekly reading sessions. I have been reading for several years, the children love the individual attention and added support. I love the bingo cards this tool makes the child talk about what we just read and lets the reader know what is important to the child.
A revamped website for EWM will help market our organization missions and goals, and to provide an outlet for schools, volunteers, and the community to be stay in touch with all things related to EWM.

2014-03-06 18:57:45 UTC
Jennifer Brajdich

Everybody Wins does a great job providing the opportunity for meaningful connection to the communities that we live and work in. A strong connection to a caring adult early in childhood development can be crucial to a child's continued development, especially in reading and comprehension.

This program excels at allowing both adults and children positive exposure to a diverse group of individuals. A stronger and more tailored web presence for this program will be crucial to its continued success and exposure to the communities it currently serves and will serve in the future.

2014-03-06 19:00:15 UTC
Veronica Sierakowski

EWM is a great volunteer organization to connect with young children to learn and love reading. The children look forward to our time together and it's so important as a development tool for them. I think a newly enhanced website would be a win-win for everyone and would get the word out to all about what a great volunteer organization it is. It would help to attract more people as well.

2014-03-06 19:25:30 UTC
Paul Schmid

If someone takes the time to read to a student, that time , that single first time will hook them into wanting to do it again and again and again! I want more people to have that opportunity. I look forward to it each week, and with an improved website there can be greater awareness, more and clear information, simple registration, and even donation. Like it or not, the feel of a website says a lot. It can leave the best service organization in the dust or help them get into the community. and the community to receive their services. I wish everyone could get hooked on reading to students. Ah, the feeling! And what a wonderful way to help young kids in our schools. Help EWM help children read. Please assist them by revamping their website. You will be amazed at how good it feels.

2014-03-06 19:29:25 UTC
Kris Petrie

I love Everybody Wins Minnesota! I have been reading with EWM for 7 years and have enjoyed every minute of it. You can see how happy the children are when their reading buddies walk into the room. You can watch their faces light up as a story takes life. I have read to children who could not read a word (or were too shy to try) start to read out loud because they could.

This is an extremely vital program that does great things. It is imperative that this organization have a fabulous website to promote this wonderful program.

2014-03-06 21:13:53 UTC
Teri Spano-Madden

The simply stated mission of EWM is teaching the joy of reading. Our application outlines the method utilizing adult and student partnerships. What actually happens with involvement in EWM is so much deeper than that. These partnerships are magical. The close one-on-one time spent over the school year(s) enlightens both partners about the other's challenges and opportunities, lives and culture. By experiencing firsthand how much fun it is to read, our student reading buddies have already leaped over a huge hurdle in becoming a success students, and later, adults (numerous studies support this.) Many students and adults alike experience culture shock as they get to know their new buddy. It is truly a world broadening experience for the both adults and students. The community benefits which unfold over time are extraordinary. We are only as good as the people we reach. With a friendlier, more interactive website that can reach more people, we can make more difference! Thanks for your consideration.

2014-03-06 22:48:17 UTC
Gay Clapp, Corporate Legal Department, US Bank

Everybody Wins is a first-rate program, reaching out to a critical group of youngsters, who need all the help we can give. We need top IT tools to effectively manage the resources, and activities of Everybody Wins. We need to hear the small voices that could otherwise go unnoticed, and support them. We can change lives--but we need the tools to do so. Everybody Wins starts at the beginning--in the early years-- to bring a new perspective to these young lives. Reading is the door to a better future, to new worlds. Let's open it a little wider!!

2014-03-07 01:47:46 UTC
Suzann Brown

I have been involved with EWM since 2003. This includes a time when we had no website and served 100 kids at one school. Our volunteer based has grown to 1000, and we are serving 872 children in 7 Minneapolis and St. Paul schools. One of our challenges continues to be funding. During the last four years we have wanted to update our website to help increase community awareness, be a place for volunteers to share their stories, and be a website that would excite vistors to join us in our goal of instilling a love of reading in the kids whose lives we touch. With our limited resources we continue to fund programming and provide mentors for our kids who are at most risk of not being able to read by the 3rd grade. As a result our website is what it is. If we are selected for the IT overhaul the ripple effect would be monumental!

2014-03-07 14:08:58 UTC
Sue Jaeger

This is my first year in the EWM and I have loved it! It's such a small commitment, but makes such a big difference in the development of these children. Please udpate the website to help get the word out, raise funds and grow the program.

2014-03-07 16:51:30 UTC
Rachel Morrissey

Everybody Wins is a program that gets at the core of building a healthy community. It focuses on encouraging and mentoring our young ones. It is a small commitment of time with a large outcome of love.
Reading with the (inner city) kids is sometimes the largest expression of love and positive attention they get in their week. The program teaches kids to love learning and reading. I have been so blessed by the volunteer program. No matter what I have going on in work or in life, my reading buddy melts my heart and puts life in perspective for me. Anyway to enhance the program or program's website is of benefit to our community.

2014-03-07 17:13:33 UTC
Jennifer Blake-Parson

This is my 3rd year as a volunteer reader for this program. This program caught my attention immediately. What a wonderful and unique approach to reaching out to the youth and community. I proudly support several of the volunteer efforts and opportunities, and I think its time EWM has some added support. A proven program with instant results for so many involved. From the children, to their parents or guardians, the teachers, and to the volunteers. I would love to see such a great program be given additional opportunities that enable the program to turn that around and give it right back.

2014-03-07 18:14:34 UTC

I joined EWM as a volunteer in late 2013 after receiving a mass email from my employer's development office. I love to read, so I was immediately intrigued. Because I had never heard of EWM before, I went in search of more information. After failing to find the organization on Twitter or Facebook, I resorted to a simple google search. After slogging through tons of recommended links, I finally found the website.

I'm not sure what prompted me to keep searching - but I am so happy I did. EWM is a fantastic organization that provides engaging and realistic reading-based volunteer opportunities for working professionals. I may have serendipitously stumbled upon EWM last year, but next year my volunteer committment to the organization will be deliberate. Please help EWM achieve a more relevant, exciting, and intuitive website! It would be a shame if other volunteer-seekers were deterred from this worthy organization because of a lackluster virtual presence!

2014-03-07 22:16:54 UTC
Lorraine Englund

I have been a reading buddy for about 5 years now. I started reading with a buddy in order to "pay it forward" because my daughter had a reading buddy and after they read together for a while, my daughter developed a lust to read. Without my daughters reading buddy, I don't know if she would have enjoyed reading the way she does. EWM deserves this IT overhaul because they serve so many children so they can read better. We have all appreciated the way EWM organizes our time with the students, keeps us informed and updated.

2014-03-09 18:23:34 UTC
Connie Grumdahl

As the principal of Forest Elementary School, I have had the privilege of witnessing first hand the impact of the Everybody Wins Minnesota program. After observing the program at another site, I was determined to help create this opportunity for my students. This program is unlike anything I have witnessed in my 42 years in education. While it promotes literacy through the enjoyment of reading, it does so much more. The interest, comprehension and engagement of reading that occurs with a trusting, caring adult is remarkable to see. The faces of the children light up when the volunteers arrive and while the children are excited about reading with their volunteers, I have heard from the volunteers that "It makes their day!". Each day when the volunteers were leaving the building, I would thank them for their time and commitment to our children. In response, they would say "No, thank you." This program impacts both the children and the adult volunteers in a positive, lasting way. This relationship is a lifelong memory for our children.

Forest School has 60% of students receiving free or reduced lunch. Given those numbers, I have also witnessed that some of these same students also experience mobility. We know that research indicates that students raised in poverty generally do not have the same readiness for school. This makes the connection to a caring adult and the focus on literacy even more important. EBW does just that.

Forest School currently has 72 volunteers coming in weekly for grade one from Honeywell and 52 volunteers coming in weekly for second grade. We feel blessed to be a part of this program and we are committed to do whatever it takes to keep it going. EWM has made a difference in the lives of our children at Forest School. Our teachers support this program and share their gratitude for the dedication of the volunteers and the incredible opportunity for our children.

2014-03-10 14:31:55 UTC
David Schons

Hands-down, the reading at Jackson is the most rewarding and meaningful part of my day.

2014-03-10 17:33:36 UTC
Lynn Basham

Everybody Wins, MN is a great program for the kids. I have loved reading since I was a young child and believe that with the growing electronic media some children will not get the enjoyment out of reading unless this program is available to everyone. I enjoy reading every Thursday to my 1st grader. Reading to her makes the day brighter and the stress from work just evaporates. My 1st grader is learning that reading different material can be very enjoyable as well this year. In that past years my first graders have all been a joy to read with, some even getting so bold as to read to me! This is my fifth year reading to 1st graders and each child had been a jewel in the making. Everybody Wins, MN is a program that should be brought to more peoples attention as we are in need of more readers each year, both the weekly readers and the substitute readers. The only bad thing is we are not able to go to the 2nd and 3rd grade with these children, who would benifit from a stable non-teacher adult in their lives. So please help get everyones attention and help find more readers for the children.

2014-03-10 21:40:26 UTC
Katrina Michaels

Previous to my current role as Program Director, I was a volunteer work site coordinator for EWM for 3 programs. This organization is such an amazing way to give back to the community with minimal effort but maximum return on investment. The children are more engaged, more confident, and more eager to read. Building excitement about reading and growing confidence in bright minds help to build a foundation of joy and reading that extends beyond the school week, beyond the school year; it can last a lifetime!

Our current website is very archaic and cumbersome to the growing needs of our organization. We utilize our site for on-boarding materials, registrations, and keeping up-to-date information for our expanding volunteer base of more than 750 volunteers, representing over 25 organizations across the Twin Cities metro area.

We would like to bring this amazing program to more schools and organizations and this would be much easier if we have a workable website that could clearly promote our mission, vision, and fully support the volunteers and staff that frequent the site.

2014-03-10 21:57:07 UTC
Matthew Mahmoodi

I have been in this program for 4 years and it is a great experience for both the children and the volunteer readers. The bond made with these kids definitely brightens up my day.

2014-03-10 22:10:17 UTC
Nneka O.

Had the most fulfilling time volunteering as a reader for this organization. What a way to make such a big difference.

2014-03-11 00:55:32 UTC

Everybody Wins MN is such a phenomenal program. Working for a inner city school, I see so many students who benefit from a community based program like this that cares enough to be a part of our future's literacy. I would love see a new website revamped to include a lot of great things. If social media was a part in some way, it could help spread the word about such a great program. I would love to also see interactive options on the site so when students visit the site, they can find fun ways to be active in their own learning. In addition, people should be able to give online.

I have seen the faces and spoken with some of these students. I understand what it means to them to be a part of something so incredible. They will remember this for a lifetime. This is why the website should have an amazing overhaul. Show the world what you are doing to change lives.

2014-03-12 03:25:04 UTC

There once was this kid who had a strange and disturbing power. He did his best to keep it hidden at school but it was really tough to do. It got him in trouble. A lot. And not just at school - at church and even at the coffee shop where his uncle would take him after his band had a gig the night before (which was most Saturdays). His friends would only play outside with him but never in their houses.

You see, whenever this kid touched a book, the book turned to ash. The slightest touch. Gloves didn't help, and mittens didn't help, and pulling his hands down into his sleeves and using the shirt cuffs for little mittens didn't help. He once bumped into a reading display while wearing his winter coat, and all the books turned to ash and he didn't even feel it. Do you see?

I bet you are thinking of all sorts of work-arounds for this kid, and let me stop you there because he tried them all. Twice. But before you give up to tragedy, I'll stop you there once more and tell you there was a solution. It was so unexpected and so many little things that had to happen just right for it to happen, that it was poetry and psalms.

And that is why we need a website.

2014-03-12 17:57:58 UTC
Melissa Hibbard

Reading buddies is the highlight of my second graders week! They crave one on one adult attention that many of them lack at home. When their reading buddies come to school their faces light up and they are so incredibly motivated to read, which is a feat! Thank you Everybody wins for your dedication to connecting kids with the community and adults who care!

2014-03-12 17:58:18 UTC
Allison Pint

Everybody Wins Minnesota is a powerful organization that is powering the reading buddies program at the elementary school I teach at. EWM organizes volunteers to come to our school to read to students on a weekly basis. The students are enriched by this experience resulting in a love for reading. The work that EWM is doing is beneficial. However, it hard to navigate the website due to the lack of appeal and being out dated. If the website was updated, it would be easier for the staff and volunteers to access the information needed.

2014-03-19 19:29:32 UTC
Cathy Schwichtenberg

I have volunteered for this program through my worksite since 2007 and have been a worksite coordinator since 2010. The name of the organization, Everybody Wins, is a perfect description of the impact this organization has on all participants: school personnel, volunteers and students. Over the years, I have had many volunteers tell me this is the highlight of their weeks. It is exciting and rewarding to see the excitement of the students when the volunteers arrive at school to read to them. EW-MN's website needs a facelift and a more accessible toolkit for volunteers and coordinators. This is a worthy organization serving and promoting literacy for over 1000 students a year. Please consider including EW-MN in your Challenge!

2014-03-20 13:53:51 UTC
LaDonna Morrison

EWM is a wonderful organization. Studies have shown that children who enjoy reading will read more and become more proficient at the same time. They need an updated website and an expanded program. My own buddy has asked will I see you next year. She has stated “we have many more books and enjoy”!

2014-03-20 19:12:21 UTC

This is a simple, easy, and impactful program that is mutually beneficial for both the kids and the adults involved! Keep up the good work!

2014-03-20 19:30:12 UTC
Judi Ryd

My students really look forward to having their reading buddies/mentors come to read to them. It has really impacted their lives! Some of my students do not have family members available to read to them. Keep up the good work! It really makes a difference!

2014-03-20 21:14:32 UTC
Joua Xiong

It's such a pleasure to be volunteering for this EWM program! You get filled with joy knowing that the kids are looking forward to seeing you every week to be read to.

2014-03-20 22:02:17 UTC
G. Aaron Anderson

Everybody Wins! MN is a great opportunity for adults and children . It gives the adults a chance to share their love of reading with students and students an opportunity to explore and enjoy reading with caring adults. Students enjoy and cherish the one-on-one time with the readers. It's a Win, Win for all parties.

2014-03-21 13:01:17 UTC
Beth Aschinger

EWM is a wonderful program that helps children learn about the love of reading. The children and the volunteers benefit from the experience in a huge way!

2014-03-21 14:39:21 UTC

I wish we could have had EBM when I was in the 1st grade. I see how it helps the student to be excited about reading. It is a beautiful thing!

2014-03-23 15:06:15 UTC
Linda Cobb

Everybody Wins! MN is such a wonderful partnership that is so simple in concept. Reading one on one, one book at a time. I'm proud to be a part of EWM and want to see the program grow. A website overhaul will give us greater visibility!

2014-03-21 19:02:34 UTC
Josephine Weaver

EBM is one great program. It really connects the reading mentor and the student in such a special way. A new website will also provide greater exposure.

2014-03-23 04:01:53 UTC
Marvin Anderson

There is nothing like the connection between an adult who cares and a child who wants to learn. Everybody Wins Minnesota provides the opportunity for this link to happen and for that,among many other reasons, we need our suppport.

2014-03-23 21:24:44 UTC
Mary Beth Nierengarten

Reading with children is wonderful -- it opens new worlds for both the child and reader. I'm grateful for the years I spent participating in Everybody Wins! MN, and for the opportunity to play a small role in encouraging in children a love for stories. Any way to help make this organization more visible and vital will only add to the already strong impact it is making on children and the community.

2014-03-23 22:46:55 UTC
Ginny Roach

As a 78 year old mother of 6, I have been reading with students through EWM for many years and I consider it a vital program for young children.
Learning to read well is basic to a good education. Not only do the students improve their reading skills but it is an opportunity for both the student and the adult to have a loving, enriching relationship. It is
exciting to see the students come out of their classrooms and see their faces light up when they locate their reader and often hurry up to them for a hug.

Revamping EWM website will be an opportunity to involve more people as readers.

2014-03-24 00:17:00 UTC
Charles E Cox, Jr.

EWM is an awesome organization that is comprised of outstanding community citizens. Being a prior boardmember I can tell you that the entire board of EWM works tirelessly to make sure that the program is extremely efficient financially and otherwise. I can't think of a more worthy organization to have their website remodeled.


2014-03-24 03:06:17 UTC
Carmen Matthews

Everybody Wins! ---- The name says it all. This organization provides warm one-on-one relationships for kids while helping them develop a love for reading. The volunteers have the great enjoyment of getting to know delightful kids through the focus of reading together.

A special feature of this program is the way it works with businesses, enabling the volunteers to incorporate their volunteer work into their work week.

An enhanced website would support the complex management of scheduling multiple volunteers from multiple organizations going to multiple schools to work with multiple kids.

2014-03-24 13:47:04 UTC
Sarah Carlsson

We have been lucky enough to partner with Everybody Wins! for several years. Our first graders are over the moon when Thursdays come as they know their reading buddy will be coming after lunch. It is wonderful to see our students build a positive relationship with a caring adult. The students love reading and talking with their reading buddy. Please support Everybody Wins!

2014-03-24 15:09:29 UTC
Jamie Barrie

I've been a "Reading Buddy" volunteer with EWM for five years. They do amazing work and it makes huge improvements in literacy for kids. But, the reality is, their website is stuck in the late 1990s HTML world--they need help!

2014-03-24 16:31:52 UTC
Kammi O'Hara

Everybody Wins is a fabulous volunteer organization. The students look forward to time with their "Reading Buddy" every week. Great relationships are built during this time. The ability to pick out books of choice and have them read to the students or the students practicing their reading is a vital part to their literacy and love of books.

2014-03-24 17:47:24 UTC
Paul Dadlez

As a reading buddy I can say without question this organization makes a significant impact on bridging the achievement gap one volunteer and one child at a time. The impact is immediate and long term! Please afford us the opportunity to update our website to leverage our organization's impact even more.

2014-03-24 18:17:15 UTC
Melissa Dellwo

EWM is an outstanding organization. I worked with them at Marcy School in Northeast Minneapolis. Both the children and the volunteers gained from that experience. We all looked forward to reading days with excitement. EWM really lifts our community up.

2014-03-24 18:49:42 UTC
Judith Kerrigan-Krodel

Everybody wins is an amazing, incredible and beneficial program for all involved. The children are able to have much needed reading time one on one with a caring, reliable and consistent adult. As a teacher I am always overwhelmed with the dedication of the volunteers and the respectful and engaging relationships they build with the children year after year. PLEASE support their request of a new web site!

2014-03-24 20:06:17 UTC
Betty Goihl

I participated in the Everybody Wins reading program for many years. It was a joy to see the students, and especially my buddy, emerge from the classroom to greet us with chosen books in hand. They were excited to listen, to demonstrate how their reading skills were improving, and to discuss the content.

Everybody Wins Minnesota is instrumental in nurturing a love of books and reading. Its continued success depends, in no small part, on its social networking to reach as many as possible. An updated website would be a great way to accomplish this.

2014-03-24 21:29:05 UTC
Jean Odom

EWN is a great organization which helps provide a good relationship with students. The students look forward to their reading time each week, revamping the EWM website would be beneficial to the students.

2014-03-24 23:19:37 UTC

My students look forward each and every week to the time they spend with their 'Reading Buddies'. This is my third year participating in the program and I look forward to many more!

2014-03-25 15:37:25 UTC
Becky Nelson, RAN Agency, Inc.

I have been part of EWM for 4+ years. The success of this program is so important to all children that gain of additional support in the lifetime importance of reading and I am honored to be part of something so important that takes so little of my time but brings me so much joy week after week.

2014-03-25 22:36:35 UTC

Everybody Wins is a great program that promotes literacy among school children. Plus it is fun! This excellent program needs a website to match its high quality and importance and to attract more volunteer readers. I have been reading with the program for over three years and it has been very meaningful to me, and to the students I have developed relationships with as well. Please help them by designing them a new website!

2014-03-26 01:35:53 UTC

Everybody Wins was great for the kids. I could see such progress with my 'Reading Lunch Buddy' . It was a wonderful relationship and experience for me too. I started back in 2005, so my first 'kids' should be graduating soon. A little bit of reading goes such a long way!

2014-03-26 14:19:50 UTC
Daniel Lunde

I’ve read in the program and served as a workplace coordinator for many years, and I can tell you definitively that Everybody Wins is a wonderful program! Teachers have told me repeatedly that the students love reading day – that there is a palpable sense of excitement the morning of a reading session.

Reading to students is the core of Everybody Wins, but being a mentor to our reading buddies is just as important. Real friendships develop over the course of the reading year, and it is inspiring to watch. Let’s give this important program the website it deserves!

2014-03-26 14:41:11 UTC
Lianne Knych

Everybod Wins is a great program that helps foster a love of reading in kids.

2014-03-26 14:54:46 UTC
Anne Wyneken

I've been an EWM volunteer since 1999. It's a great program- fun for both the kids and volunteers. The volunteers who run the program are dedicated and wonderful people. A new website would be helpful and much appreciated!

2014-03-26 14:55:52 UTC

This is my second year with Everybody Wins, and it's a fantastic program! The 30 minutes that mentors and buddies spend together each week is both energetic and focused. I'm so grateful that my workplace offers this volunteer opportunity!

2014-03-26 15:22:06 UTC
Nicole Lawson

This is my 3rd year working with EWM. Gloria is great! I love the program and partnerships with the adults and students. The boys and girls look forward to reading with their buddies every week. My students have grown and developed a love for reading.

Thank you Everybody Wins Mn!

2014-03-26 16:04:37 UTC
Jill Payne

Everybody Wins! is the best volunteer reading program around. Now it just needs a better website to prove it!

2014-03-26 16:28:48 UTC
Bridget Foster

This was my first year with Everybody Wins and it was great. I will fully admit I didn't know what to expect, but it was fun, amusing and a great way to spend a small amount of time. I will definitely be back next year, thank you to all who make this happen!

2014-03-26 17:56:23 UTC
Stephanie Wolkin

Life is made up of connections and the connections we share every week with students are meaningful and impactful. I love watching my student grow in maturity and communication skills. I've been part of Everybody Wins for a dozen years and it remains a highlight of my week. A redesigned, invigorated EW website will invite even more adults to be part of this very meaningful program.

2014-03-26 18:09:07 UTC

I have participated in Everybody Wins for the past 14 years. Of all the volunteer activities I have been involved in, EW has been the most rewarding. There is no greater delight than establishing a friendship with a child and reading together each week. It is exciting to play a role in the development of the child's life-long love of reading.

2014-03-26 18:25:12 UTC
Megan Rix

What is the single most important thing to build literacy skills in children? Read aloud to them.
Although equally important – there is a difference between teaching a child how to read and teaching them to WANT to read. EWM does that. Participating in this program over the last 6 years has unfailingly reignited my own passion for reading. This is precisely how the program benefits both students and volunteers.

Our Mission

Our mission is to ignite within children a passion for reading, increasing their prospects for success in school and life. It is our goal to provide an environment where students learn the joy of reading through long term, one-on-one partnerships with adult mentors. The focus is not solely on reading, but nurturing these partnerships, which give children higher self-esteem and confidence about reading and school.