Welcome to REACH-A-Child™

“Helping First Responders Comfort Children-In-Crisis”

Vision Statement

“The first response is a book to comfort a child-in-crisis” Is REACH-A-Child’s vision. Whether the children are in an automobile accident, victims of domestic disturbance or temporarily homeless, REACH-A-Child wants to help First Responders engage these children in a positive way through the power of a book.

“On behalf of the City of Madison Police Department, I want to thank the “REACH-A-Child” organization for your continued support. The backpacks and books available to children we encounter as first responders goes a long way to creating space from turmoil and fostering an opportunity for hope and help. With books, our officers can begin to build rapport and trust and kids can start to feel better about themselves or their situation.”

– Chief Michael Koval (Madison Police Department)

Recent News

THANK YOU for 2014!


We have been so focused and excited for 2015 that we want to take a minute to say THANK YOU and update everyone on REACH-A-Child:

2014 was a “GAME CHANGING” year for REACH-A-Child. We updated our program to now include a nicer, more resilient backpack for First Responders along with the ability for First Responders to also give a child-in-crisis a drawstring backpack along with a book to help comfort them. This year we had to relocate to a new warehouse – many thanks to American Girl for donating the space! And we have had monthly volunteer events at our warehouse to help sort, label, and pack all the books we moved (and we’re not done yet)! We also had many events that helped raise necessary funds for REACH-A-Child, including, our 1st Annual “Kickin’ It For Kids” Annual Kickball Tournament that was a huge success! Thanks to everyone who came to any of our other events including our Dine & Donates, MamaDear charity concerts, and so many more!

More importantly, because of donations, fundraising events, and sponsorships we were able to get our program to parts, if not all, of the Sun Prairie Police Department, Dane County Human Services, Waunakee Police Department, Columbia County Sheriffs Department, and the Wisconsin State Patrol. All together we gave out over 5,000 books to First Responders to be able to give to children-in-crisis. That is just a small fraction of what we plan to do in 2015.

Our goal is 50,000 books in this upcoming year!

We are excited for those who are a part of our mission and even more excited for those who are ready to “jump aboard” and take part of something truly amazing this year with REACH-A-Child! Together we will help First Responders Comfort Children-In-Crisis!

We wouldn’t be “switching gears” if it wasn’t for our AMAZING board Members: Tim Powers, Ric Hoerz, Kevin Campos, Kay-Tee Franke, Curtis Fuszard, John Mennell, Michele Wettstein as well as dedicated marketing committee members Tara Rushmer and Susan Oja

And finally, Grateful Thanks for the support of so many area businesses who have helped with fundraisers, sponsorships, etc as well!

Office Phone:


Office Address:

8030 Excelsior Drive #307

Madison, WI 53717

Mailing Address:

6907 University Ave #211
Middleton, WI 53562