Conduct a book drive (with your kids)

When: On your own time, usually over the course of a few weeks. Where: Your neighborhood somewhere in the Bay Area, California Contact: Alison Guan Contact Email: alison@accessbooksbayarea.org Contact Phone: (650) 485-3366 Open Volunteer Spots: Unlimited

Share your love of reading, while giving back to the community. This is a great project for families, including families with young children!

Run a book drive for Access Books Bay Area by collecting books and donations from relatives, classmates, neighbors, and community members. By doing so, you will contribute to Access Books Bay Area’s mission to bring engaging, high interest books to children who need them most. Students in the communities we serve do not have good access to new and inviting books, especially as compared to their peers in more affluent communities. During this time of distance learning, Access Books Bay Area has developed ways to bring books to these students in under-served communities. These kids want more books! You can help by conducting a book drive.

Staff at Access Books Bay Area will guide you through the process. This is a great project for families. An adult or teen is needed to supervise, but there is lots of opportunity for children to be very active in this project.

Volunteers will:

  • Create materials to announce and advertise their book drive to family, friends, neighbors, community members, etc.
  • Share these materials by posting to online or offline communities you are part of.
  • Collect the books and monetary donations over a period of a few weeks (this is your ‘Book Drive’).
  • Deliver the books you have collected to one of our locations in the SF Bay Area.

Children can be involved at every step of the process, including making a sign, sharing it, gathering the donations, and delivering the books to us. We will provide guidance, including specifics for your communications, descriptions of types of books we are seeking, wishlists for donors who would rather purchase books, etc. Your child can even make their own ‘favorite books’ wishlist to share with donors, with the aim of sharing their favorite books with other kids. You can read about a book drive example here: https://www.accessbooksbayarea.org/ayaans-book-drive/

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