We build lending libraries. The greatest predictor of literacy for children living in poverty is the quality of their school library. Lending libraries allow children to bring books home to share with their families. Lending Libraries are filled with high-interest books specifically curated for each community. A recent project is Braddock Drive Elementary.
We donate books to children in underserved communities with no stings attached. Readers get to select their own books. Representative organizations include The Book Truck and Jewish Family Services.
We give bags of books sorted by grade level and gender. These books are distributed to children when they come for food distribution during the pandemic. We recently completed a similar project for Para Los Ninos.
We prepare book fairs for elementary aged kids using donated high interest books. Choosing a book gives children a sense of agency and pride.
We help nonprofits with social media, remote training, marketing, and online fundraising. Representative organizations include Neighbor2Neighbor and National Charity League, LA.
Each year people throw away thousands of textbooks. We are looking for an environmental ambassador to work with schools to run textbook recycling drives at the same time as textbook buybacks. We hope to minimize the number of books in landfills.
It takes about about a month for us to collect enough books for a library. Often a large portion of the books are too matrue for elementary school libraries. We donate those books elsewhere.
Once we have ammassed enough books, we take them all out and see what we have. We quality control every book we donate.
Sorting by type/author makes it easy for libarians to shelve the books quickly so children can have immediate access.
We try to ensure that libraries have a broad range of topics and are from several genres.
We aim to give high interest books and books series to encourage readers to keep going. We often donate full sets.
There is a literacy crisis around the world. According to UNESCO, approximately 750 million people are illiterate worldwide, 250 million are children. Low literacy prevents people from being productive members of society. You can have a positive impact by improving literacy in your own neighborhood or on a global scale. Bookworm Global has helped volunteers and nonprofits serve people in their neighborhoods and around the globe.
Eduction equity means that everyone should have the same rights, opportunities and resources for education. There is a huge gap in education and resources in the United States across socioeconomic status and race. The disparities negatively impacts everyone. These disparities are especially stark during the pandemic when millions of students dont have access to reliable internet at home. Physical books can play an important role in preventing students from educational backsliding.
Education reform is the goal of changing public education in the United States to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to be literate. The pandemic has increased the wide gap in education. We see incredible inequity in structured educational time and social-emotional support.
Approximately 650,000 books are sent to landfills annually. Donating and distributing used books is a great way to ensure they stay out of landfills.
According to Laura Arrillaga-Andreesen, philanthropy and charity can be distinguished from one another. Charity is immediate aid given to those in need while philanthropy is defined as the active effort to promote human welfare. Philanthropy address the root problems whereas charity addresses an immediate need. By promoting literacy we are aiming to impact poverty and homelessness.
Many community service activities are charitable acts. For example, donating food or clothing. You can make a broader impact by thinking philanthropically to create a difference in our world. Charitable acts for Bookworm Global are also philanthropic because they address some of the root causes of poverty.
Bookworm Global aims to motivate others to give time, skills and finances to make an impact on literacy worldwide. While many people imagine wealthy people when they think about philanthropy, anyone with generous intentions can be a philanthropist by donating their time to help solve systemic problems.