Town School: Join Our Read-For-Need Fundraiser!

Are you looking for ways to practice literacy skills with your children and support Bay Area families experiencing homelessness? If so, we invite you to join Raphael House’s Read-for-Need fundraiser!

Our Read-For-Need fundraiser provides the Raphael House community with fun reading activities while supporting Raphael House, a shelter for families experiencing homelessness in San Francisco. All pledges from our Read-For-Need fundraiser support Raphael House programs and operations that provide shelter and supportive services to families experiencing homelessness.

Our Read-for-Need fundraiser starts Saturday, December 18 and runs through Monday, January 3, so sign up today! 

Sign Up

It's easy to join! Here's How It Works.

1. Sign Up Online

Register as a participant here or by emailing [email protected]. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, December 15, 2021! Be sure to download and print your Reading Log, Sponsor Form, and Parent/Caregiver Guide.

2. Ask Your Friends & Family to Sponsor You

Get your friends and family excited and ask them to sponsor your reading efforts by filling out the Sponsor Form. Sponsors commit to donate 25¢, 50¢, or more for each page of a book or article read. They can also commit to a flat donation amount. We are challenging each reader to raise at least $100 from sponsorships. Sponsors can include grandparents, aunts/uncles, neighbors, Facebook friends, and even yourself! Download a sample letter for your sponsors.

3. Read, Read, & Read Some More!

Open up your favorite books or magazines and read as many as you can from Saturday, December 18 – Monday, January 3. Don’t forget to keep track of the pages you read in your Reading Log. They can be books of any type: fantasy, adventure, fiction, or nonfiction. Be sure to tag #RaphaelHouseSF if you post photos to social media or email them to [email protected]!

4. Celebrate Your Success & Collect Pledges

Once you’ve finished reading your books, thank your sponsors and let them know about your reading accomplishments so they can make their pledges. Pledges are due by Wednesday, January 19th.

  • Online Donations: Raphael House staff will send you a link to a customized online fundraising page that you can share with your sponsors!
  • Checks: Make checks payable to “Raphael House of San Francisco.” Checks can be mailed to: Raphael House, 1065 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109. Please have sponsors put the reader’s name and “Read-for-Need” in the memo line.

Please send your completed Reading Logs and Sponsor Forms to Kellen at [email protected].

Thank You for Supporting Our Fundraiser!

We hope our Read-For-Need fundraiser provides your family with fun activities that boost enthusiasm for reading! Please direct questions to Community Engagement Manager Kellen Sarver at [email protected] or (415) 345-7265. Raphael House is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Our tax identification number is 94-3141608.

Sign Up Today & Start Reading!