Rx for Reading Detroit is a nonprofit literacy initiative sponsored by University of Detroit Mercy. Since 2014, we have distributed over 135,000 new and gently used books to low-income children and families, and Detroit Mercy undergraduates have read with hundreds of preschoolers and elementary students in Metro Detroit. Our mission is to expand access to high-quality children's books and support low-income families in reading with their children. Our vision is to help eliminate the opportunity gap by ensuring universal access to age-appropriate reading material.
Rx for Reading was founded on the basic principle that EVERY child has the right to read. Committed to the belief that "it takes a village to raise a child," our approach is one of community-based collaboration. We have partnered with over 100 community organizations committed to incorporating literacy into their own work for children and families. Our partners include low-income health clinics, Head Start programs, homeless shelters and churches.
Click on the Donate button to make a donation of any amount. You can make your gift in honor or in memory of someone by indicating that in the 'Your Message' box on the second page of the donation process.
Your gift can have an impact in the following way:
$20: Purchases 30 brand new childrens books
$65: Purchases 100 brand new childrens books
$350: Sponsors a Free Community Library
$500: Sponsors a Head Start Reading Program for one semester
100% of donations are used to support children's literacy and all donations are tax-deductible. Any associated administrative or processing fees are not deducted from your gift to the program.
International residents can make an online gift by going to https://community.udmercy.edu/donate, selecting Other and typing in the crowdfunding project.