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Numerica Credit Union partners with Spokane County Library District to invest in literacy

Numerica donates over $5,000 to Reading Buddy program

Spokane, Wash. – Numerica Credit Union recently made a $5,156.29 donation to the Spokane County Library District Reading Buddy program. The program pairs volunteers with elementary age youth to improve reading skills.

The goal of the Reading Buddy program is to mentor, support, and sustain students’ reading levels while reinforcing reading skills and student engagement. Students are identified for the program by their teachers and principals. Volunteers then mentor the students one-on-one to build confidence in reading.

“We want every child to experience the joy of becoming a lifelong reader,” said Jamie Van Wormer, Spokane County Library District’s Volunteer Coordinator. “The Reading Buddy program is also fulfilling for the volunteer who truly makes a difference in a child’s life. It’s a win-win for both.”

Currently, the program is available at twelve sites across Spokane County.

“The partnership with Numerica amplifies our efforts by providing volunteers and resources, allowing the Reading Buddy program to grow and help more of our area youth gain and improve essential reading skills for greater success in school and later in life,” Van Wormer continued.

Numerica’s donation provides the supplies needed to ensure the program’s continued impact, including 1,100 books, reading carts, and a celebration for participants at the end of the school year. In addition to the financial donation, Numerica employees have volunteered as mentors.

Numerica volunteers in blue t-shirts reading books in a public library

“Numerica has a passion for giving back to our community,” said Katie Scofield, Financial Education Officer at Numerica Credit Union. “Having a strong foundation in both reading and math are skills that stay with a child for a lifetime.”

In 2016, Numerica gave back over $1 million to the communities it serves in order to enhance lives, fulfill dreams and build communities. The credit union also taught more than 300 hours of Financial Education to schools and community centers at no cost.

For more information or to apply to be a Reading Buddy, contact Jamie Van Wormer at jvanwormer@scld.org.

Numerica Credit Union currently has over 137,000 members throughout Central and Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho and $1.9 billion in assets. It offers a full line of financial products and services, including mortgages and business products, and is committed to giving back five percent of their earnings to the community each year. Numerica is federally insured by NCUA and an Equal Housing Opportunity lender. Membership is open to anyone who lives or works in the State of Washington or the Idaho Panhandle.

 

 

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