Read to Ride Program Kicks Off May 18th

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Many businesses participate in commendable philanthropic undertakings and we’re particularly proud to give a shout-out to our client, Dependable Cleaners, whose 20th annual Read to Ride kicks off in May.

This a summer reading program with a bonus: Dependable gives away free bicycles (and helmets) each week from June 4-Aug. 17, to youths aged 5-15 who have read the most during one week.

Participants fill out an entry form for each book they read and submit it any of the 16 Dependable Cleaner locations in Greater Boston and the South Shore, or with Dependable Cleaners’ Home Delivery Drivers. Entry forms are available at all Dependable Cleaners locations, delivery routes, Farina’s Bike Store in Watertown, local libraries, bookstores and online at: ride.

One grand prize winner will be drawn each Monday June 4 through Aug. 17 and their photo and announcement is run in the Quincy Patriot Ledger. Two additional winners will receive a runner-up prize.

While every kid would love to win a bicycle, the goal of the program is to instill a love for reading in youngsters over the summer. To date, more than 75,000 books have been read!

The kick-off event is Friday, May 18, at the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, featuring a reading and discussion by a local children’s author. If your business would like to participate by donating prizes or posting a flyer in your business, contact Senior Account Manager Carol K. Dumas at

A full list of Read to Ride partners, terms and conditions, and a printable entry form are accessible at ride.

Dependable is a third-generation, family-owned company based in Quincy that has been providing dry cleaning and laundry services for more than 70 years. Among its many services are tailoring, wash-dry-fold, same day service, VIP rewards, pickup and delivery, storage, wedding gown preservation, and luxury garment cleaning through its Style brand. Its reputation has been built on stellar customer service and a commitment to being green through GreenEarth® technology. For more information, visit