"One of the best small charities in the Washington, D.C. region"

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"We know this is true:  TRC changes lives." 


--Nancy Pedulla, Deputy Director, Healthy Families

Opening books, changing lives

About TRC Overview

Why a Reading Connection?

Supporting our community starts with the children. Over 120,000 metro DC children live in poverty, and at age 4 can be 18 months behind in language development. They enter kindergarten at a disadvantage and they may live in "book deserts," where there is only one children's book available to every 300 children.   

Time spent reading and access to books can make all the difference between academic success or failure.  For over 27 years, The Reading Connection (TRC) has been reading with kids who have no one else to read to them and giving books to kids who have none.

Our Mission

The Reading Connection is dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children and families by helping them create and sustain literacy-rich environments and motivation for reading.  This mission is accomplished by:

 - Volunteers who read aloud to children at shelters and community centers,
 - Donations that provide children with free, new books to keep,
 - Workshops that help parents encourage reading and literacy development and
 - Training for family support workers who promote the importance of reading. 


Hear one of TRC's long-term client families describe TRC's impact.


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Inside TRC

Catherine Keightley joins TRC as executive director

The board and staff of The Reading Connection are pleased to welcome Catherine Keightley as executive director, beginning Monday, March 27, 2017.  

A native of northern Virginia, Catherine has served as executive director of Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia and Vienna Youth Soccer. She also brings experience as an independent marketing and branding consultant.

 Please join us in welcoming Catherine to TRC.