Upcoming Events

Rodman Ride for Kids

Raising A Reader has a team of rider participating in the Rodman Ride for Kids! Riders choose between the 25 or 50 mile route and reach out to their friends and family to raise money to support our mission. Please consider donating or joining us for this wonderful day. Reach out to bridget@raisingareaderma.org with any questions.

September 21, 2019  |  Foxboro, MA  |  8 am - 2 pm (estimated)

Click here to donate to the team or register as a rider!

Dinner with an Author

Join us for our signature fundraising gala, Dinner with an Author! Please check back at the end of the year for more information or reach out to bridget@raisingareaderma.org for questions.

Save the Date: May 14, 2020

Young Professionals

Emerging Leaders Board

Raising A Reader MA’s Emerging Leaders (EL) was conceived and established by the RAR MA Board of Directors as an independent group with its own Board structure in order to raise awareness of RAR MA to young professionals in the greater Boston area.  Emerging Leaders is a membership based group, whose participants regularly contribute to the progression of the organization's core mission and develop into potential future leaders, specifically as EL and RAR-MA Board members.

EL members apply to participate in the group and have a fundraising goal for the year. Applications are reviewed and accepted by the RAR-MA EL Board.


Executive Committee:

Co-Chair – Emily Leinbach, The Bowdoin Group
Co-Chair – Chapman Leedy, Federal Reserve Boston


Chair Emeritus – Josh Schaer, Freshii Boston
Lauren Atsalis, Bass Doherty
Manusha Chereddy, Harbourvest
Sarah Curry, Jones Lange Lasalle Boston
Jack Gilbert, Cambridge Associates
Parker Greiwe, Boston Children's Hospital
Bill Hall, Gordon's Wine & Liquor
Serene Liu, IBM Labs
Kevin O’Hanlon, Marcus & Millichap
Brendan Rice, Magellan Jets
Clune Walsh, Boston Consulting Group
Ian White, Workbar
Tesla Quinn, Bain & Company


Emerging Leader Fundraising Events:

March 14, 2019 - Sip & Spin
April 11, 2019 - Game of Thrones Trivia
August 7, 2019 - Summer Party
September 21, 2019 - Rodman Ride

Career Opportunities

Part-time, Chelsea, MA

Program Coordinator

Raising A Reader MA currently has an opening for a part time (20 hrs/week) Program Coordinator, to be based in our Chelsea office, with frequent travel to program partner sites across Greater Boston (Chelsea, Revere, Malden, Everett, Lynn). They will work at the direction of a region-based Senior Program Manager.


  • Entrepreneurial and charismatic with motivation and ability to establish Raising A Reader MA as an effective partner in the community
  • Deep commitment to creating high-impact opportunities for children and families
  • Familiarity with community preferred
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish required
  • Training and marketing abilities, leadership skills, and public speaking experience
  • Creative thinking, specifically related to project implementation
  • Ability to work independently
  • Familiarity and comfort with technology applications; experience with Salesforce or similar data management system preferred
  • Strong administrative capabilities, organizational skills and ability to multitask
  • Exceptional ability to work effectively with people representing diverse cultures
  • Car and valid driver’s license
  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent professional/life experience) in Education, Human Services, or other related field
  • 1+ years of experience in early childhood development, education or social services

Read the full job description here.

To apply, please send resume and detailed cover letter to careers@raisingareaderma.org. Please indicate preference for schedule and location, as well as where you learned about this opportunity.

Other Ways to Support Us



Businesses, schools and community groups often host new and used book drives to support Raising A Reader MA.



Assist in tasks such as entering family pre- and post- Red Bag implementation surveys, entering information forms, and entering partner surveys. Other administrative volunteer opportunities available, as well.



Did you know most companies will match their employees’ contributions to our organization? After you make your donation, ask your employer about its matching gifts program. If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift, or the process may be electronic. We will do the rest. The impact of your gift to this organization may be doubled or possibly tripled!



Give the gift of literacy when you provide us with workshop supplies such as gift cards, flip chart paper, and books!



Gifts by will are a meaningful way to leave unrestricted funding to Raising A Reader MA and to help create the next generation of readers and leaders. Please consult your attorney and consider gifting us a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your residual estate or a specific asset. We hope you will also consider informing us of this decision so we can properly thank you. Email maryann@raisingareaderma.org if you choose to do so.



Assist in tasks such as translating documents (Arabic, Somali, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Spanish, and more needed), contributing to our monthly newsletter, researching new funder prospects, and graphic design.

Interested in these and other opportunities?

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