Well, I made it to 40! Who knew? And I want to kick off this new era right. But I need your help! Please help me celebrate by supporting one of my favorite causes: BookEnds, an organization that builds leaders and readers! I discovered BookEnds a couple of years ago and have been a big fan ever since, volunteering whenever and however I can!
Please help support this incredible organization during my first 40 days of being 40 by making a contribution or participating in this year's BookDash (or both)! This campaign ends on November 14th, so take action today!
What's the Need?
* California ranks 49th in books-per-pupil in its elementary school libraries and last in the US in terms of public library access
* The national average ratio of books to students is 22 to 1, the ratio in LA is 9 to 1 (and 3 to 1 if you don't count outdated and damaged books)
Why BookEnds? What's Its Impact?
*Since 1998, BookEnds has donated more than two million books valued by LAUSD at more than $16 million dollars
* Every $100 will buy $500 worth of books for children in underresourced facilities
How Do They Do It?
BookEnds is about Kids Helping Kids. BookEnds recycles children's books through student-run book drives and places them in schools and youth organizations in need of books.BookEnds believes that a literate child is the foundation of a thriving community. By providing access to books, BookEnds gives children the resources to develop literacy skills and to experience the joy and imagination of reading.
BookEnds mission has always encouraged children to act as responsible individuals. They seek to have children helping other children by empowering them to lead gently used book drives to supply libraries and children in need. Throughout the process, children are provided the opportunity to engage in valuable life lessons, such as problem solving and decision-making. Two-thirds of adult volunteers started volunteering as children. BookEnds seeks to provide student volunteers with the experiences that will create the next generation of readers and leaders to fill tomorrow’s charitable boards and civic halls.
Want To Know More? Check them out for yourself!