The South Jersey Interfaith Coalition for Literacy (SJICL) BookMates Program is an interfaith social justice program which encourages reading and mentoring with elementary school children in Title I schools. It's mission is to empower children to master the lifelong skill of reading. Each adult volunteers one hour per week when school is in session, and training is provided. Each volunteer is assigned two children and reads with each child for one half hour each week. Our UUCCH volunteers for the BookMates program are active in several communities within our area, however, we have a strong presence in Camden and work closely with Lanning Square School in Camden. It asks of us our most valuable asset which is our time, but results in great satisfaction and joy for both the BookMate and the children. For more information or to volunteer, contact Michael Williams.
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