FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 3, 2018) – Read Fort Worth is one of three finalist organizations in the running for a $100,000 donation from “Reliant Gives,” a charitable-giving program from Reliant. The program expands the company’s community outreach across Texas, sharing the power of giving with local communities.

Reliant Gives will help support initiatives that promote children’s literacy in Fort Worth ISD, such as Reading Volunteers and the Library Classroom Campaign. The shared mission of Read Fort Worth and Fort Worth ISD is to align partners, strategies and resources to significantly improve early childhood literacy so that 100 percent of Fort Worth third-graders are reading on grade level by 2025. The ambitious initiative is branded “100X25FWTX.”

“We are extremely honored and excited to be part of Reliant Gives,” Read Fort Worth Executive Director Anel Mercado said. “We believe wholeheartedly in this program and its noble calling to empower Reliant’s employees and communities to help support organizations making a difference. Read Fort Worth, through our many partners and advocates, is helping make that difference in the lives of our children.”

Kicking off on Oct. 15, and running through Oct. 21, the public can cast their vote for three Texas nonprofits by visiting Look for #ReliantGives! on Read Fort Worth’s social media channels in the days ahead!

The nonprofit with the most votes receives $100,000. The other two nonprofits receive $20,000 and $10,000, respectively, based on the number of votes received. Reliant employees nominated a wide selection of Texas nonprofits, which are narrowed to three finalists for each round. Reliant Gives will celebrate continued community support when the winners are announced on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

**Anel Mercado and Reliant executives available for interviews upon request**

WHERE: Visit to vote once per day, per mobile phone number.

WHEN: Voting begins Oct. 15 at noon and ends Oct. 21 at 11:59 p.m. (all times Central).

MEDIA CONTACT: Art Garcia at or 817-797-8379.