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Children Make Props

RIFSoCal kids making pumpkin masks

RIFSoCal kids making pumpkin masks

All done!  BOO!

All done! BOO!

Here we are! Ready to celebrate reading. We’ve worked hard preparing, it’s autumn, HallowRead is coming. Let’s have Fun!

Books are Elaine’s Joy

“I volunteer at RIFSoCal because it is a great organization that encourages so many children to enjoy reading. It is especially fulfilling to work at the warehouse. I like the idea that RIFSoCal is able to purchase so many beautiful books and give them to children who would otherwise never own their own story book. It is very satisfying to attend Motivational Reading Events and see the happy faces of children when they choose a wonderful new book they can keep forever. When our education system is often challenged by budget cuts, RIFSoCal is investing in the literacy of our children. I love being a part of an organization that has such a positive mission. Everyone in the organization has the same focus - encouraging children in our schools to enjoy reading. Reading is Fun!!” ~Elaine

Getting Involved

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.”

RIFSoCal will build the personal libraries of up to 55,000 children in Los Angeles and Orange Counties in the 2014-2015 program year, distributing over 170,000 new books of choice at 233 sites, including Title I public and parochial schools, Head Start programs, and community-based organizations.


RIFSoCal volunteers help our schools conduct three Motivational Reading Events annually in one of our 233 sites, distributing 185,000 new books to up to 55,000 children. Participating sites include Title I elementary schools, Head Start programs, and a variety of community service programs. A book event can be as simple as a volunteer reading to a group of children or as complex as a festival celebrating a particular culture or holiday in an elaborately decorated auditorium with thematic activities. At the end of every RIFSoCal book event, each child gets to CHOOSE a brand new book to keep and share with their families, compelling them to read for pleasure.


  • Available during school hours
  • Travel to sites located within the Greater Los Angeles area.
  • Love working with children
  • Desire to impact children’s literacy

Literacy Based Events: Volunteers are matched with a geographically accessible site, and assist with the implementation of 3 events during the September through June school year. Schedule of events varies between sites.

Book Warehouse: Volunteers assist at the book warehouse site to unpack shipments of books, sort them by age/grade level and place them on the appropriate shelves. Volunteers also help site coordinators when they come in to choose their books for their site’s Literacy Based Events.