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July 2023 Flooding at Everybody Wins!

An industrial brick building surrounded by brown flood water.
The Everybody Wins! office on the morning of July 11 2023.
A pile of flood-damaged furniture, equipment, supplies, and materials by the curb.
The staff member who took this photo captioned it “The Everybody Wins! office on the curb.”
An empty office with drywall cut 14 inches from the floor showing the studs and flood debris & silt on the floor.
The office on July 21.

Like all of downtown Montpelier, Everybody Wins! flooded on July 10-11, 2023. The last photo shows the current state of our workspace. Wet drywall has been cut away; the floor is still covered in flood debris; carpet, cubicles, and much of our furniture, equipment, and supplies were damaged and discarded. We did manage to save about 2/3 of our books!

This is the nerve center of Everybody Wins!, the place that makes the magic happen all across the state for children. We will keep going, but right now, we could really use your help. Will you help Everybody Wins! rebuild from the flood?

Three ways to help Everybody Wins!:

  • Donate to help us rebuild.
  • Help us spread the word via social media.

Together, we will keep kids reading—no matter what!

All the Reading You Can Handle

15th Annual National Life Read-A-Thon
Saturday January 25, 1-3:30 pm
National Life cafeteria, Montpelier

Piles of books to read. Passports to stamp & gold coins to collect. Fabulous prizes from Bear Pond Books. Cookies from the Post Office Cafe to enjoy with a glass of milk. The sweet tunes of Jon Gailmor, and a free book for every child. What else could you do on a Saturday that has so much fun wrapped up in it?



Don’t miss the 15th Annual National Life Read-A-Thon! This beloved FREE family event is sponsored by National Life Group and held in their spacious, beautiful cafeteria. Come as you are; no sign-up is necessary. Read all the books you can and enter to win prizes! Every child chooses a free book to take home.

Questions? Call 229-2665, or email We can’t wait to see you at the Read-a-Thon!

It takes a community to make the Read-a-Thon happen. Thanks to our sponsors, National Life Group Foundation—this event would not exist without them. Thanks to our partners, Bear Pond Books and Post Office Cafe, for making everything sweeter and more fun. Thanks to Jon Gailmor for the songs we love to sing along with. And thanks to you, for making it a party!



Read Books and Win Prizes: Read-A-Thon 2019

Everyone will find something new and fun to read aloud at the 14th Annual National Life Read-A-Thon on Saturday January 26th from 1 to 3:30 pm!

Will it snow? We don’t know! But we do know that there will be lots of books for everyone at the Read-A-Thon. Join us at the National Life cafeteria, 1 National Life Drive in Montpelier.

Read aloud as many books as you can, fill your passport with stamps, collect gold coins for a chance at fabulous prizes from Bear Pond Books, and devour Post Office Cafe cookies and milk while you sing along with Jon Gailmor.

Every child picks a free, brand-new book to take home!

Children of all ages are welcome with an adult! Come as you are on the spur of the moment; no sign-up is necessary.

The Read-A-Thon is a free community event generously supported by National Life Group.

Questions? Email or call 802-229-2665.

Climb to the Top of Vermont on August 26th

For the 11th year, Everybody Wins! Vermont will join the Catamount Trail Association‘s Race to the Top of Vermont on Sunday August 26, to support reading mentors at 23 schools around the state. Join our team and keep children reading!

The 2017 Everybody Wins! team raised over $31,000, including a generous match from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation.

The Race to the Top is one of our favorite days of the year! It’s a great day to climb Vermont’s highest mountain and the atmosphere is always festive. Just take a look at these faces from last year’s finish line:

Edmunds Elementary coordinator Wanda Stetson’s family at the top.
Board member Jeff Austin and his FairPoint colleague Kim Atkinson.







There are three ways to support Everybody Wins! Vermont at the 2018 Race to the Top:

  • Hike, run, or bike up the Mount Mansfield Toll Road (4.3 miles and 2564 feet of ascent).
  • Help us staff the water break halfway to the top (no hiking or running involved!).
  • Children can join the Kids’ Fun Run at noon at the bottom of the mountain.

Use Everybody Wins! special code for a discounted registration fee of $30. The fee includes the race, a tech t-shirt, a raffle ticket (for fabulous prizes), and a ticket to the BBQ afterwards. (Water stop volunteers don’t have to register for the race, but do pay for the BBQ).

We will bring support cars to the summit so our team can ride down if your knees are complaining.

Former Board president Beth Fastiggi and Deb Shearer.

Everybody Wins! team members agree to raise pledges for Everybody Wins! Vermont from July 30 to the Race day. We have a dedicated Race fundraising page and we will help our team set up individual fundraising pages, and publicize the race and the fundraisers. You can see last year’s Race page by clicking here. Scroll down to see the individual fundraising pages of last year’s team.

You can dedicate your fundraising to a specific Everybody Wins! site, or raise money for our general fund, which benefits all the sites. Either one makes a big difference!

Board president Paul Rosenberg at the top

In 2016 we raised $8,382. In 2017 we raised $31,547. The Race to the Top is on a roll, and with your help, we can make it even more successful in 2018. Every penny goes to keep children reading with their mentors all school year long.

Come Race with us!  For more information, contact Beth at or 802-229-2665.



Winter Storytime with DJ Craig Mitchell: Dec 14

DJ Craig Mitchell; photo by Seth Wise

Bring the whole family out to hear DJ Craig Mitchell read silly and serious winter children’s stories! This is a free family event, and no RSVP is necessary.

Thursday December 14, 6 pm. Barnes & Noble (102 Dorset Street, S. Burlington).

DJ Craig Mitchell has won numerous Seven Daysies awards as a radio station and electronic DJ. Tonight he’ll show off his family side, reading stories to help us all delight in the winter season that’s upon us.

For more information: Click here for the Facebook event,  or click here to contact Everybody Wins! Vermont with questions.