Read To Succeed

The “Read to Succeed” initiative focuses on promoting literacy so that students are reading on or above grade level by the end of third grade. Additionally, this initiative seeks to increase student’s love of reading as well as  provide access to quality reading materials.

A study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation highlighted this notion; the study concluded that “students who were not proficient in reading by the end of third grade were four times more likely to drop out of high school than proficient readers. In fact, 88 percent of students who failed to earn a high school diploma were struggling readers in third grade.”

The Greater Longview United Way is opening a grant program to provide book vending machines to Primary/Elementary schools and nonprofits in Gregg and Harrison counties to address this issue.

These machines work like a traditional vending machine but instead of chips being dispensed, books are. The grantees are given special tokens for the machine to dispense the books.  Each machine comes with 100 coins to be used in the machine for distribution and additional coins can be purchased from the manufacturer. Also the machine can have different configurations to accommodate chapter books as well as large children’s books.  The machines can hold between 200-300 books at one time.

Terms of the Grant

  • Grant applications will be accepted until January 15, 2022.  Recipients will be notified by February 1, 2022.
  • If accepted, the grantee will receive one (1) book vending machine from Global Vending Group. (One machine per school/agency.) The machine will be initially stocked by Greater Longview United Way with books.  The machine will be custom wrapped in the school/agency’s colors, logos, etc. as well with Greater Longview United Way’s logo. The machine comes with 100 coins for dispensing of the book and a one year warranty.  Greater Longview United Way will work with the receiving organization on book choice, design, shipping and delivery.
  • The grantee must maintain and stock the machine for a period of 5 years after the initial stocking.
  • The grantee must provide Greater Longview United Way 1-3 “success stories” annually highlighting how the machine has improved reading, literacy, etc. 
  • As part of the grant, GLUW will highlight the receiving schools/agencies on their website and social media as part of the “Read to Succeed” initiative. 
  • The grantee must provide Greater Longview United Way with the number of books distributed through the machine at the end of the school year.

We believe this program is an embodiment of the educational mission of the Greater Longview United Way: “to provide educational opportunities to individuals of all ages, concerning life skills that will assist in making well-informed choices towards a successful life.”

If you have an questions or concerns please feel free to contact Dr. Evan M. Dolive, Executive Director at 903-758-0191 or at


The application period has closed. The deadline to apply was January 15, 2022.