Our new friends at the United Way of the Wine Country have put together a terrific book drive to boost the upcoming expansion of our outreach. After we attended the Taylor Mountain Elementary School Literacy Fiesta as part of their Schools of Hope initiative, United Way’s Jennifer O’Donnell and Stacy Ruppert came away inspired to support our mission. They designed a two-week campaign to bring in as many books for kids and young adults as possible, and invited Exchange Bank and JDS Uniphase to help.
The drive kicks off today! And for the next two weeks, JDSU and Exchange Bank locations all around the county will accept children’s books for us (click here for the full list of donation sites). Our goal is to collect 1,000 new and gently used titles, which will then be distributed to kids living in rural and low-income areas. We have an ambitious summer schedule planned, including visits to programs such as City of Santa Rosa’s Summer Recreation, Redwood Empire Food Bank Summer Lunch, and Graton Rancheria TANF Family camps. Please help if you can – we’ll need enough books to go around!
From the United Way website:
“With the Schools of Hope program, United Way is working to ensure children who are struggling with reading receive the extra help needed in order to reach reading proficiency. Studies show the number of books a child owns is directly related to their ability to read and do well in school. Our goal is to collect 1,000 books within the two weeks to donate to the Sonoma County Free Bookmobile.
Give the gift of reading and make a difference in a child’s life.”
And thank you for your continued support…