Dear RIF Supporters:
We’re reaching out to you for some assistance with a very important congressional campaign that RIF has underway. We are currently working to ask Senators to sign on to the enclosed letter in support of RIF and our partners on this effort, Reach Out and Read! The letter asks for legislative language to establish a competitive grant program that RIF and other national non-profits providing literacy services can compete for funding under and this is especially important in the wake of the loss of RIF’s federal contract.
We feel that getting this letter signed is a very important step towards the possibility of maintaining your federal funding towards books.
We are asking that you take a moment on Monday, June 6th to call your Senators or send an email. The deadline for Senators to sign on to the letter is Wednesday, June 8th, so we have a short timeline for this outreach. We have enclosed for your use a document that provides a calling script or template email – whichever you prefer! It is critically important that both of your Senators hear from you on this effort so they are aware that this legislative initiative is a top priority for RIF and our volunteers nationwide. This also demonstrates to the Senate offices how critically important this initiative is to allowing RIF programs to continue their services.
Phone numbers for senate offices can be easily located here: http://www.senate.gov/ (top right hand corner – “Find your Senators”).
Thank you in advance for taking the time to help on this campaign. If you should have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact your state representative directly or at 877-RIF-READ.