It is difficult for many of us to imagine not having the resources to obtain books, but this is the case with so many children RIFSoCal serves. RIFSoCal books are often the first book in the home, becoming the beginning of a personal home library.
With service to Los Angeles County’s most resource-deprived children since 1972, RIFSoCal has witnessed thousands of life-changing moments and received innumerable testimonials from grateful participants. We are now into our second and third generation of RIFSoCal “kids.”
Of the over 60,000 children we will serve in 2019-2020, 96.5% are eligible for the National School Lunch Program, 23% are in Pre-K, 57% are in grades K - 3, 16% are in grades 4-8, and 4% have special needs. In the 2018-19 program year, 7,348 RIFSoCal volunteers conducted 755 motivational reading events, distributing 178,244 new books to 61,617 unduplicated children at 274 sites.
Coordinators Choose Books
Coordinators from over 250+ RIFSoCal sites visit our warehouse three times each program year to select books for their students to choose and take home to create their own home libraries. Often overwhelmed by the extraordinary selection of titles, many spend hours identifying the free, new books they feel will excite the children in their program to read for FUN and pleasure.