NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mutual of America announced today that Philadelphia Reads – A Children's Literacy Initiative was named a Merit Finalist in the 2014 Community Partnership Award competition.
Philadelphia Reads was created by the Office of Philadelphia Mayor Edward G. Rendell in 1997 to build a "City of Readers." Through in- and out-of-school programs, such as Power Partners, Philadelphia Reads collaborates with some 3,200 private sector volunteers. Of these, 1,500 work one-on-one with the city's youngest and neediest school children to strengthen their literacy skills and help them foster a lifelong love of reading.
That learning continues with Summer Reads, which keeps more than 500 children engaged in learning, and Reading Olympics, a citywide contest that challenges teams of 4th through 8th graders to read and answer questions about 20 books and then participate in an annual competition.
"In today's knowledge-based world, reading is essential for a child's success in school, their ability to find meaningful employment and their lifelong earning potential," said Dr. Adrienne Jacoby, Executive Director of Philadelphia Reads.
About the Mutual of America Community Partnership Award
The Mutual of America Community Partnership Award annually honors the outstanding contributions that nonprofit organizations, in partnership with public, private and other social sector organizations, make to society. Since its inception in 1996, the Community Partnership Award has recognized 190 partnerships from cities and towns all across America. To learn more about the Community Partnership Award, visit mutualofamerica.com/cpa.
"All of the 2014 honorees are leaders in society, creating innovative and effective solutions to help those in need," said Thomas J. Moran, Chairman, President and CEO, Mutual of America. "Through the Community Partnership Award, Mutual of America is proud to recognize, support and help extend the reach of these vital partnerships."
About Mutual of America
Mutual of America specializes in providing retirement products and related services to organizations and their employees, as well as to individuals. Since 1945, Mutual of America has remained committed to offering plan sponsors, plan participants and individuals carefully selected, quality products and services at a competitive price and the personal attention they need to help build and preserve assets for a financially secure future. For more information, visit mutualofamerica.com.
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