READS Program

Vista Maria READS

Vista Maria READS started as a simple idea and has grown into one of our most successful volunteer programs. A Vista Maria mentor and retired teacher wanted to share her passion for reading with our girls. She, along with a group of like-minded women who now make up the Vista Maria READS volunteer committee, come to campus every month to bring books to our residents.

The group distributes approximately 250 books a month, and has donated over 7,000 books since its inception in 2012.  The girls are allowed to choose (and keep) two books each month.  They are also encouraged to request books be purchased specifically for them, and the group fills about 50 requests each month.

Vista Maria READS is supported by donations from individuals, partnerships with local businesses, churches, and civic groups, as well as grants from organizations supporting literacy.

How can you help? If you would like to share your love of reading and support Vista Maria READS, consider making a tax deductible monetary donation by clicking here, and indicating Vista Maria READS in the comments.

If you would like to choose specific books for the girls, please visit our Amazon Wish List, where you can purchase books and have them delivered right to Vista Maria.

For more information on the Vista Maria READS program, please contact Mary Brown at

A special thank you to our volunteer-led Vista Maria READS board:

Mary Brown

Joanne Campbell

Valada Sargent

Abby Stenback

Michelle Wheeler