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United Through Reading

United Through Reading, a nonprofit organization that helps families separated through military deployment, recently received a $15,000 grant from the District Five Community Programs, Projects, and Services fund. United Through Reading sends the same book to the military family at home and their deployed parent abroad as a way to bring the family back together through reading. The organization also records military personnel reading a story and delivers it to their family on DVD. A new pilot program will also offer online delivery; the grant will fund instant upload of recordings to the cloud as well as creation of private websites for families to interact on.

“United Through Reading strives to deliver the highest quality service to our military families, and technology advances continue to support our efforts. The purpose of this new pilot program is to continue to enhance our service delivery, expand our reach, and maintain relevancy with an increasingly online generation of military families,” said Dr. Sally Ann Zoll, Ed.D., CEO of United Through Reading. Councilman Mark Kersey added, “We owe it to our military to do what we can to support their families in times of need. This new technology pilot program provides a more instant connection between deployed military and their family to help them connect on a level not often possible during a deployment.” For more information visit