Our History

In 1995, a bipartisan group of Senators and Senate staff – led by Senator James Jeffords (R-VT) and Senator Paul Simon (D-IL) began volunteering their time to read with elementary school students at a public elementary school just steps from the Capitol Building.

Modeled after a similar effort in New York City, Senators Jeffords and Simon believed that this quality time reading together would help children develop critical skills needed to support academic and social growth.

Based on the success of those early reading sessions, the program grew into what is now Everybody Wins DC, a non-profit serving children and families across the region through shared reading.