Deb and Marc have joined 'Team Bernie', a fitness group (runners, walkers, bikers, etc) that brings together members of the fitness community who support Bernies Book Bank. Bernies is very near and dear to my heart, so it's an honor to be associated with them. Bernies mission is simple - they take childrens books from homes and publishers who no longer need/use the books, and distribute them to at risk children throughout the Chicago area. The statistics they share are staggering about the access at risk children have to age appropriate books. With our help, we can change those statistics.
Please join us in supporting this worthy organization! Every little bit helps; every $1.50 you donate allows them to to collect, process and deliver a bag of 6 books to a child who anxiously awaits your gift. We plan to log more than 1,500 miles this year (mostly running, but some biking or other fitness activities), and have set a goal of collecting $1,500 in donations ($1 per mile). This would help provide a bag of books to 1,000 children! With your help, we will meet (and exceed) this goal and help connect 'children needing books with books needing children'.
Our family regularlry volunteers at the warehouse, and collects/donates books to the book bank! If you would ever like to join us in volunteering, please let us know and we can schedule a time to introduce you to the warehouse - a life changing event for each person who walks in the door. For more information on Bernies book bank, to volunteer, join Team Bernie, or donate books, feel free to reach out to me or check out their web site: www.berniesbookbank.org/ Or, see below for a brief note from Bernies Book Bank:
From Bernie's Book Bank -
Bernie's Book Bank Connects Children Needing Books With Books Needing Children!
Reading is the single most important skill a child needs to learn. Yet studies show that 61% of low-income families don’t have any books at all in their homes for their children.* Bernie’s Book Bank aims to change that statistic by pouring quality children’s books into “at-risk” homes, ensuring that children have access to books from birth, and arrive to school “reading ready.”
With a sense of urgency and professionalism, we’ve taken the guesswork out of what to do with outgrown children’s books.
Team Bernie is a community of people driven to help Bernie's Book Bank. We've set a goal of collectively logging 50,000 miles, in whatever way we choose to move, and to raise $50,000 while we do it.
Thank you for helping us reach our goals, and thank you for helping us Connect Children Needing Books with Books Needing Children!