Become a Power Lunch Partner


Everybody Wins! DC’s Power Lunch Program has successfully linked socially responsible companies with underserved students at public elementary schools for more than 20 years.


The Power Lunch Program is a unique mentoring and literacy program, which partners Title I public elementary school students with professionals who give an hour of their time each week to read and talk with children over lunch. The mentors promote reading for pleasure, serve as caring adult role models, build student self-confidence, and enhance self-esteem.


Volunteer Reading Mentors come to Power Lunch as representatives of participating companies and organizations that support the program. Individuals join only through these partnerships.


Everybody Wins! DC takes care of all the logistics to get staff members in our partner organizations involved, including identifying a Power Lunch school in need of Reading Mentors that is conveniently located to your office, providing orientation and mentoring resources, matching employees with students, providing age-appropriate and engaging reading materials, and linking mentors with an onsite coordinator who can reschedule Power Lunch dates, provide school and student updates, and offer helpful advice and resources.The time commitment is just one hour per week from October through May.


We request that participating organizations support our volunteer programs by:



To become a EW!DC Power Lunch Partner, please contact Director of Programs, Rachael Walker at

"Seeing her become more confident and her love of reading increase has been such a joy to watch."
"It's mostly fun to read and watch her become such a confident reader and learn to love reading as much as I do. She is one of my best friends."
"When an adult helps a child, it tells that child how special they are. We send a message to the child- you are important to me- that is powerful and undeniable."
"It's a fantastic program, and I think the mentors get as much, if not more, than the student. You meet wonderful kids and have lots of fun."
"When I read, I learn and grow-- you know, like Jack and the Beanstalk kind of growing and that's really big!"
"I wish Everybody Wins was everyday!"