Breaking the cycle of poverty one book at a time

OUR Mission



REACH, Inc. promotes literacy for children who are at-risk and homeless throughout Coastal Virginia

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Our Mission & Vision

REACH’s mission is to promote literacy for children who are at-risk and homeless throughout Coastal Virginia.

Our vision is to invest, build, and support literacy by:
- Promoting reading comprehension and writing skills in collaboration with community partners.
- Providing the largest number of new and gently loved books to our community.
-Providing progressive literacy resources through continued access to books and programs.

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Our Impact

Each year, we are increasing the number of children we serve, the number of books we distribute, the number of cities we serve, and the number of partnerships we support!


Cities served

Our REACH keeps growing. With just two full-time staff members, REACH serves 9 cities throughout Coastal Virginia.



Years Serving communities

Founded in 1998, we’ve been supporting our community for over 20 years!



Percent of every dollar goes directly to our programs

When you donate to REACH, your money stays in our community. With 95% of every dollar shared going directly back into our programs, we are able to make huge impacts in our community!


Our Programs


Moonbeams and Sweet Dreams

Serving families with children ages 0 to 5, our bedtime reading program strives to promote a consistent bedtime reading routine. Our program provides families with four brand-new books, a blanket, a routine sheet, and a brief workshop on the importance of reading together!

Growing Readers

Through the Growing Readers Program, REACH distributes books to local at-risk children and youth to develop their own home libraries. One of our longest running community partnerships is the Children’s Museum of Virginia in Portsmouth.

RAP Sessions (Read Aloud Program)

REACH RAP Sessions are conducted weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly. This program takes place at 11 shelters and 16 community initiatives across Coastal Virginia to help children build stronger academic futures. Since 2012, REACH Inc. has supported the literacy needs of over 6,000 new and returning children and distributed over 95,000 books valued at over $350,000.

Book BANK Distribution

REACH serves as a resource in the community to help establish give away libraries and other literary needs for our partner organizations.


Our Team


Dr. Jennifer Goff

Executive Director

Prior to joining REACH, Jenny was the Director of CARE Now, an in and after-school program that promoted character and resiliency in youth who faced at-risk situations. She also taught at Old Dominion University for seven years in the Park, Recreation and Tourism Program, as well as worked at Busch Gardens Williamsburg for nine years, where she last served as the assistant buyer. She has presented at the national, regional, and local level, published many peer-reviewed articles, and continues to support her community through hundreds of hours of service. She received her BS in Therapeutic Recreation, her MSEd. in Recreation and Tourism, and her PhD in Sport and Recreation management with an emphasis in positive youth development and service-learning. Jennifer has an extensive background in positive youth development, grant seeking, community partnerships, and outcome focused programming that she is excited to share with REACH!

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Leslie Clarridge

Volunteer and Program Coordinator

Leslie is a Hampton Roads local who grew up in a military family. She is a graduate of Salem High School in Virginia Beach, and attended Mansfield School of Business while working full-time for the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Epidemiology. While continuing to pursue her degree, she began to explore other opportunities through her volunteer work with the American Red Cross. Leslie’s non-profit career has spanned over 20 years where she worked at the American Red Cross Tidewater Chapter in financial development and volunteer management, served as the Director of Program Services for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, as well as the Food and Fund Drive manager for the Foodbank of Southeastern VA. Driven to help alleviate illiteracy, Leslie has been the Volunteer and Program Coordinator for REACH since 2013.


Get Involved

Every day, REACH, Inc. supports children throughout Coastal Virginia with literacy enrichment programs and strong community partnerships. In 2018, REACH was able to distribute over 21,753 books valued at over $110,000. Since March 2019, we have distributed 30,016 books and are on track to reach our distribution goal of 40,000 books! Studies continue to prove that the number of books in the home provide an important foundation for reading and directly impact a child’s future success. REACH’s literacy programs help children who are at-risk and homeless beat the odds of living in poverty through future academic achievement. Our goal is to continue meeting the regional priorities of improving access to literacy and education for children ages 0-17, especially those living at or below the Federal poverty level.