Terrance Freeman, Jacksonville City Council member, is the new CEO of Read USA.
“Thanks to our generous donors and the great support we have received from our community partners, we have taken our organization to the next level by hiring a full-time CEO,” said Ellen Wiss, chairman and co-founder of Read USA in one Press release.
Read USA is a nonprofit that has provided approximately 250,000 free books to more than 73,000 children in Duval County since 2011.
Freeman will be at Jacksonville Arts & Music School for the Read & Feed Community Event on April 23rd on World Book Day.
Free books and food will be available for families based on availability. The event begins at 10 a.m. at the school at 3315 N. Liberty St.
“When children learn to read, they read to learn,” Freeman said in the press release.
He looks forward to expanding the organization’s existing reach across the region.
Wiss said Freeman’s leadership will encourage growth and strategic partnerships to improve the playing field for all children.
One of Read USA’s community partners is Feeding Northeast Florida, the area’s largest food bank and the source of food for an estimated 326,000 hungry people.
Feeding Northeast Florida provides warehousing for Read USA’s book inventory at one of its warehouses.
“We appreciate the opportunity to be part of the wonderful work of Read USA and believe that such collaborations will improve our community,” said Susan King, President and CEO of Feeding Northeast Florida, in the press release.