Author Archives: Mark Hecker

Announcement: 2018 Book Grants!

We are thrilled to announce our 2018 Book Grants. This spring, we will give away over 2,500 teen-authored books to young readers across the District of Columbia. You can learn about all our books here. Our newest grantees are listed below (number of books in parentheses): Black Girls Matter, Lois Void (40) For use in […]

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Alumna Profile: Leah

We’ve seen a lot of Leah* recently. She’s been in the office once a week. Working. During the last month, we’ve been all about Reach’s #AlwaysThere campaign. But, it’s important that you know why. Why is it important that we’re always there? *Leah is not her real name. Leah reached out to us a couple […]

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#AlwaysThere – You

As the year ends, it’s a great time to look back at all we’ve done because of those who have been #AlwaysThere for Reach: You! Let’s look back at ten special moments that demonstrate all we’ve done in 2017. 10) Tomorrow, 600 of our books will be shipped to Bureau of Prisons waiting rooms so […]

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#AlwaysThere – Aunt Mary

This post was authored by Kim Davis, one of Reach’s site managers, and is part of our year-end #AlwaysThere campaign. Aunt Mary is my second mother. She helped raise me. Her daycare center, Aunt Mary’s Little Family, is down the street from my parents’ house. I started attending the daycare center when I was a […]

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#AlwaysThere – My Father

This post was authored by Mark Hecker, Reach’s executive director, and is part of our year-end #AlwaysThere campaign. In the first post of this campaign, I told the story of my mother. It was her presence that allowed me to succeed where others might have failed. Though gone shortly after my 13th birthday, my father […]

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#AlwaysThere – William’s Friends

Through the end of the year, we’ll be sharing stories that demonstrate our year-end campaign theme: #AlwaysThere. It’s what inspires Reach’s work, and it’s what we try to be for our kids. We hope you’ll use #AlwaysThere to tell us your stories using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And, when so inspired, we hope you’ll visit […]

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#AlwaysThere: A Special Wedding Gift

Through the end of the year, we’ll be sharing stories that demonstrate our year-end campaign theme: #AlwaysThere. It’s what inspires Reach’s work, and it’s what we try to be for our kids. We hope you’ll use #AlwaysThere to tell us your stories using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And, when so inspired, we hope you’ll visit […]

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#AlwaysThere: Brittany

Through the end of the year, we’ll be sharing stories that demonstrate our year-end campaign theme: #AlwaysThere. It’s what inspires Reach’s work, and it’s what we try to be for our kids. We hope you’ll use #AlwaysThere to tell us your stories using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And, when so inspired, we hope you’ll visit […]

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#AlwaysThere: Reading

Through the end of the year, we’ll be sharing stories that demonstrate our year-end campaign theme: #AlwaysThere. It’s what inspires Reach’s work, and it’s what we try to be for our kids. We hope you’ll use #AlwaysThere to tell us your stories using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And, when so inspired, we hope you’ll visit […]

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#AlwaysThere: Mr. Vincent

Through the end of the year, we’ll be sharing stories that demonstrate our year-end campaign theme: #AlwaysThere. It’s what inspires Reach’s work, and it’s what we try to be for our kids. We hope you’ll use #AlwaysThere to tell us your stories using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And, when so inspired, we hope you’ll visit […]

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