All good writers begin as good readers.
In fact, third-grade reading proficiency is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success. That is why Oak & State is proud to support Read and Feed, a non-profit organization operating throughout the Triangle area with a mission to strengthen literacy skills of under-served elementary school children. Read and Feed provides children with books of their own, as well as healthy meals in neighborhood environments.
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We recognize this year has been difficult for many members of our local community. From COVID-19's impact on the economy to serious issues of racial injustice and inequality, we felt compelled to put our money where our mouth is and donate to the following organizations that we believe are making a real difference in the lives of men, women and children in the Triangle. In addition to Read and Feed, we invite you to read more about these other incredible organizations:
The Blanchard Community Law Clinic: The Blanchard Community Law Clinic partners with non-profit agencies in the community — Alliance Medical Ministry, StepUp Ministry, the Raleigh Rescue Mission, and Urban Ministries — to provide solutions to legal problems encountered by clients of those agencies. The clinic, which was launched in September 2016, has made a tremendous impact in the Raleigh community within a short period. Legal services are provided by Campbell Law students, under the supervision of Clinic Director Ashley H. Campbell. Through this experience, students gain important practical legal skills and an appreciation for the challenges faces by citizens living in poverty.
The Restorative Justice Clinic: The RJC receives referrals from juvenile intake counselors, juvenile court, the local school system and private individuals who have been affected by crime or disruptive behavior. RJC strives to bring victims and offenders together using restorative justice practices in an effort to foster collaborative healing, rather than specifically seeking punishment. Campbell Law students engage all involved parties in dialogue to address the specifics of a violation, how it occurred, why it occurred, and what happened as a result. The project aims to discover how people and communities are hurt as a result of crime, and seeks to find the best solution to repair the damage that has been done. Approximately 85 percent of cases referred to the RJC are successfully mediated, and less than five percent of juveniles that successfully completed the process between 2004 and 2010 reoffended, while 25 percent of juveniles that did not complete the process later faced other charges.
No Kid Hungry NC: No Kid Hungry North Carolina was formed in 2011 in partnership with state leaders and the national No Kid Hungry campaign, which is a program of the nonprofit organization Share Our Strength. We collectively connect kids in need with nutritious food and teach their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign also engages the public to make ending child hunger a national priority. We’re working to end child hunger by connecting kids to effective but under-utilized federal nutrition programs like school breakfast, summer meals, and afterschool meals.