Family Support Services of West Hawaii Selected As Reading Is Fundamental's National Program of the Month
Initiative Recognizes the Ongoing Efforts of Local Programs Promoting Children's Literacy
WASHINGTON, June 3, 2010—Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's oldest and largest children and families' literacy nonprofit organization, named Family Support Services of West Hawaii (FSSWH) as the Program of the Month for June.
Located in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, FSSWH spreads awareness about the lifelong consequences of child abuse and neglect. Founded in 1979, the organization's mission is to support families and communities in providing love and care for area children. FSSWH has several programs dedicated to supporting early childhood education and development for 3,500 Hawaii Island individuals and families each year.
Among their initiatives is RIF's Family Of Readers program, which involves parents and children in early literacy activities. Through the program, families are encouraged to read to and with their children. Additionally, children receive their choice of free books as well as access to the Family of Readers Lending Libraries courtesy of FSSWH family centers and home visiting programs.
"RIF is proud to honor Family Support Services of West Hawaii as the program of the month for their dedication to improving literacy for children and families," said Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of RIF. "We look forward to additional success with this program as they overcome obstacles in the community."
RIF's Program of the Month initiative was launched to honor the ongoing efforts of local programs to fulfill the mission of RIF, which depends on innovative programs to promote children's literacy. Thanks to thousands of volunteers, children all across the country are discovering the joy of reading.
About Family Support Services of West Hawaii
The mission of FSSWH is to support families and communities in providing love and care for local children. Their statement embodies two key elements. First, support for families through counseling, home visiting, and school based parent education and support programs. Second is support for communities, which includes development activities, economic developing projects, collaboration building and advocacy work for a better quality of life for families in Hawaii. Visit them online at www.fsswh.org.
Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), founded in 1966, motivates children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. RIF's highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8. Through community volunteers in every state and U.S. territory, RIF provides 4.5 million children with 16 million new, free books and literacy resources each year. For more information, and to access reading resources, visit RIF's website at www.RIF.org.
Peter DeLuca, Maroon PR
Melissa Mills, RIF