REACH is a nonprofit that provides literacy instruction and experiences for adult and youth readers each year through ground-breaking tutoring programs and the innovative use of donated books in our beautiful secondhand bookstore.

Our literacy program transforms adults reading and writing skills through experienced volunteer tutors who deliver innovative instruction, are passionate about education, and serve as positive role models. Adult learners feel supported in a safe learning environment for practice, exploration, and language lessons. Our BEE a Reader program pairs a volunteer with emerging readers via zoom. These consistent, positive interactions aim to provide students with a dependable role model who works to strengthen their confidence with regard to reading.

Through our REACH a Teacher Grants, we provide readers of all ages with engaging, appropriate, and high-quality books. Each year we provide thousands of books to schools and nonprofits across the Sioux Empire.

Funding for our work comes in large part from the sale of donated books at our fantastic REACH a Reader bookstore, as well as online and at special events.


Our organization has come a long way since we started 34 years ago as a prison ministry called Sioux Falls Area Literacy Council. While our primary mission to teach adults to read, write, and improve life skills has changed not changed, the scope of our program has changed significantly. In 2014 we changed our name to REACH to reflect that change. We are reaching an even broader community across the Sioux Empire and helping others reach their goals and dreams.



Executive Director

Brianna Venekamp

Program Coordinator


Valerie Loudenback - President

Linda Jass - Vice President

Lezlee Herdina - Treasurer

Morgan Hauck - Secretary

John Heber

Darcy Litzen

Megan Baldridge

Rachel Clarke

Catherine Sommervold

Kuol Malou

Anita Manning

Jenny Lockhart

"Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope."

Kofi Annan