Our program began over 10 years ago with less than a thousand books distributed annually. It has steadily grown each year. Although our distribution base is continually expanding and changing, we concentrate on hospitals, shelters for women and children, literacy programs, alternative schools and reading/mentor programs. We have been fortunate to locate a considerable number of bi-lingual and Spanish language books for young children.
Due to donations to Books for Kids from supporters and volunteers like you, successful grant writing, and other fundraising efforts, we have been able to annually increase the proportion of new books distributed!
In past years, we have distributed over 20,000 books to nearly 50 different agencies and organizations that work with disadvantaged youth. Over 77% of these books were new. We are proud that we were able to reach out to several organizations in Jackson and Josephine counties in Southern Oregon where libraries have been closed. We have also expanded our distributions beyond the Portland Metro area to Eugene and Clark County Washington.
Albertina Kerr partners with the community to support people with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges to lead self determined lives and realize their full potential. Books for Kids support’s Kerr’s Youth Group Homes, Community Inclusion Programs and Adult Group Homes with all levels of reading material.
The Community Transition School, an alternative school for homeless children, needed classroom reading sets and a set of encyclopedias for each classroom in addition to other science and creative reference materials to encourage the children’s research projects. Books for Kids delivered!
The Christie School teachers and councilors requested teenage self-help and motivational books. Books for Kids fulfilled their need.
The Experience Corps, a group of retirees who volunteer to read in local schools under the sponsorship of Metropolitan Family Services need more material. Our Books for Kids project delivered over 600 books.
Legacy Emanuel Children’s Hospital needed specific reading material to conduct regular school classes for long-term patients.
We supplied over 100 Spanish and English books to Kindergarten Summer Boost Reading Project in Beaverton, Oregon.
We insist that the children we serve receive the books free of any charge. Willamette Writers, Inc. subsidizes our minimal operating costs via their general fund.
Willamette Writers, Inc. is an Oregon non-profit corporation under Internal Revenue Code 501 (c)(3); hence any contributions are fully deductible to the extent of the tax law.
If anyone has any questions, please contact the Willamette Writers, Inc. office @ 503-305-6729 or booksforkids[at]willamettewriters[dot]com.
Our Books for Kids program recently sent some books to the Open Door Children’s Library in Guatemala. The library in Santiago Atitlan is free and welcomes all children.