Down East Radio Reading Service, Inc. Post Office Box 8706 Rocky Mount, NC 27804  

Phone: 252.443.7551


Your help is very much needed to continue the high level of service currently provided by DERRS and to provide for its orderly growth. Our mission will not be fulfilled until every individual who can benefit from the service receives it. That will take time, energy, and, most assuredly, dollars. There's no other way.

Won't you please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help ensure DERRS' continued success? Your financial support will help to make a difference in the daily lives of many of your friends and neighbors in the three-county area. Please be generous.

  • A contribution of $25 or more may be made in honor or memory of a loved one, with a card of acknowledgement sent from DERRS to a designated recipient.
  • A contribution of $100 or more will entitle the donor to dedicate one full day's local broadcasts to a designee of choice.
  • For corporations and foundations, a contribution of $5,000 or more will underwrite one day's broadcasts per week with acknowledgement for a full year.

DERRS operates solely with volunteer help and has no paid employees; therefore, its expenses are less than those of a considerable number of other radio reading services offering similar programming and services.  Additionally, there is never any charge to any listener for equipment or services.  Still, it takes about $25,000 each year just to make ends meet and DERRS' only source of revenue is private contributions.  Please consider a contribution to DERRS when you plan your giving for this year.

Another important aspect of giving to support radio reading is the gift of time and talents to the operation of the service.  Volunteer readers are the backbone of the operation.  Almost anyone can be trained to prepare and read newspapers and scheduling of time for giving in this way is totally flexible, according to personal lifestyle.  Volunteers are also needed for clerical and other tasks, with all ranges of skill levels needed.  Consider volunteering time for reading or for assisting DERRS in other ways to serve the needs of the print-impaired citizens of the tri-county area.

Volunteer Application
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NC Library for the Blind & Handicapped

North Carolina Division of Services for the Blind

The Governor Morehead School

International Association of Audio Information Services, Inc.