The RSVP Center of Essex and Hudson Counties, a program of Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ, was the recipient of Barnes & Noble of Springfield’s annual book drive. The 600+ books collected will benefit RSVP’s Reading Buddies program, which matches older adult volunteers with elementary school students.
Reading Buddies introduces the love of books and increases literacy in young children. Early literacy is linked with academic achievement, higher graduation rates, and enhanced productivity in adult life. “Reading Buddies just wrapped up a successful virtual school year in spite of the covid-19 pandemic,” Julie Cramer-Le, RSVP’s program manager, said. “We know how hard our teachers and schools worked this year to support their students, and our volunteers were fortunate to be part of that effort, working with classrooms to promote literacy and learning. We are so appreciative of Barnes & Noble Springfield for thinking of our program — their generous donation helps us provide books to our volunteers as well as send books home with our students at the end of the year to keep them reading over the summer.” The program has shown to be very effective in helping to increase literacy, reading comprehension, and vocabulary in children grades K-2.
The RSVP Center for Essex and Hudson Counties is sponsored by Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ. It is funded by AmeriCorps as part of Ameri-Corps Seniors. Jewish Family Service of MetroWest is a comprehensive social service agency providing mental health counseling and support services on a non-discriminatory basis. JFS provides individual, couple, child and family counseling, play therapy, support groups, school and synagogue based social work services, and other assistance needed to support healthy families. Rachel Coalition, a division of JFS, provides domestic violence services for all members of the family affected by domestic violence. JFS also offers a wide range of services for older adults and their families including case management services, counseling, caregiver education, volunteer friendly visitors and specialized programs for Holocaust survivors. For more information, call (973) 765-9050 or go to jfsmetrowest.org.