We donate books to students in underserved communities. In addition to books we donated headsets to the entire student body of 3 schools in 2021 as well as backpacks for students returning to school.
We work with volunteers, schools, club sports teams and service groups. 10 highly-motivated volunteers serve as ambassadors and work on larger programs.
According to an NWF.org study by Laura S. Hickey and Kristy Jones, approximately 640,000 tons of books end up in landfills annually. Donating books to schools helps alleviate some of the waste. The average weight of a book is 2 lbs so we estimate that our book recycle program has prevented approximately 200,000 pounds of books from ending up in landfills.
Our team donated earphones to the entire student body at three Los Angeles Schools. The earphones were essential for online learning because many students did not have a quiet place to work. We also donated supplies like backpacks For back to in person school.
Many of our recipients are English Language Learners (ELL) and approximately 85% are eligible for free lunch.
We engaged the Wildwood Institute for Social Leadership to do independent research. 88% of students said they were more excited about reading and 57% are reading more with their families. Teachers report that 83% percent of their students are more likely to read for pleasure.
In order to achieve our mission of promoting literacy, we engaged the Wildwood Istititute of Social Leadership to survey students at the schools we serve.
The results were overwhelmingly positive and showed that our highly customized book donations are changing attitudes about reading and likely increasing at home reading time.
88% of students report that they were more excited about reading. Teachers report that 83% of their students are more likely to read for pleasure.
57% are reading more with their families.
Research from the READS Lab at Harvard leads us to believe that donating books in addition to providing "nudges" and "tips" will enhance the benefits. This summer we will collaborate with schools to create materials that will give clear suggestions as to "how to read" and nudges to encourage more reading.
Learn about what we have done so far...
We partnered with Duke University SoCal Alumni on a book drive in June 2020 which benefited The Book Truck. We are jointly did a Spring book drive in 2021 to celebrate National Volunteer Month.
LAX Aquarium did a book drive for us in December 2020. They used proceeds from their fundraiser to buy Spanish language books from Usborne Books. These books were donated to Corazon de Vida in Mexico. We so appreciate their support.
A partner since 2020, NCL completed numerous book drives and helped collect books for fairs and libraries. NCL also helped wrap books for a Christmas book gift drive for children who have never owned a book.
National League of Young Men has been a partner since 2020 when they leveraged our how-to guides to enable volunteers in the West Valley chapter to donate books to The Book Truck which served homeless children. This organization donated more than 550 books that were directly shipped to The Book Truck. They did an organization-wide book drive March 202 and colleted more than 1000 books.
We train Girl Scout troops to do no contact book drives. Troops can use book drives as Take Action projects.
We trained Boy Scout troops to do no contact book drives. Boy Scout Troops have collected more than 3000 books for Bookworm Global.
We partner with Delaware Valley Fairness Project to build out the home libraries of children in underserved communities of Philadelphia, PA. We have donated approximately 500 books to this organization.
We are working with the students in the World Culture Club on book drives in Colonia, New Jersey.
We trained the basketball club founder and administrator how to do online fundraising and a social media book drive to celebrate Juneteenth. June 2020
The National Junior Honor Society did a book drive during Read Across America week.
Completing their book drive May 2022
Completing book drive March 2022
Noa has collected and donated thousands of books. she has also helped train others and is always willing to step up to help promote literacy.
Collecting books is a family affair. Noa and Adar tirelessly collect and sort books.
Noa and Alana dropped thousands of books to Braddock Drive Elementary. The books were distributed to students for home libraries.
These schools suffer from a lack of educational resources. Most are Title 1 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, that have faced decades of disadvantage. They have many English learners and students struggling with literacy. A large percentage of the students live in poverty; many living in housing projects that are the center for gang activity.
We are having an independent research group measure the impact of book and earphone donations for students in underserved communities.
Many students don't have access to books during school closures. Crete Academy will be distributing these books, more than 1500, to their students.
Many students don't have a distraction free area to online school. These earphones will benefit the Crete Academy student body.