$5,000 Award to Benefit FCS’ Reading Buddies Program

Long Branch, NJ – Family & Children’s Service (FCS), Monmouth County’s oldest social service agency, was recently awarded $5,000 from the Verizon Foundation to support its Reading Buddies child literacy program. The Verizon “Check Into Literacy” grant will be used to purchase new books for the 18 public schools currently enrolled in the program, which matches beginning readers from underserved communities with volunteers from the agency’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Reading Buddies volunteers agree to visit the classroom each week to read aloud with students, sharing their love of books, while at the same time, fostering literacy skills.

FCS Volunteer Services Manager Samantha White says books purchased through the Verizon grant will help create a new generation of enthusiastic, competent young readers. “When a child is given a new book, it is our belief that it will inspire their imagination and open a whole new world of possibility,” White says. “This grant will go a long way toward helping us achieve that goal.”

For more information about FCS’ Reading Buddies, contact the agency at 732-222-9111.