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Knowledge is power

Our great strength is in the hard-working, self-directed, resourceful volunteers on the ground who strive to meet literacy needs in their own communities. I was recently contacted by a very special person in Miami who happened upon our project and within weeks collected over 600 magazines to recycle to new readers. Finding new agencies to accept magazines can sometimes be daunting, no matter how many programs are already happily involved around the U.S., so we try to lend a helping hand with outreach.

Today, on one such call, hearing three words reminded me what our work is all about. I called a food pantry in Miami to find new homes for the new supply of magazines. We love the idea of getting reading materials into homes in the bags of groceries that families receive – so, feeding people hungry to read. I was greeted by a wonderful woman who exclaimed her interest with with the simple, but striking phrase “knowledge is power.” Her point was that getting information and knowledge into homes empowers people and families to meet the challenges they face and to aspire to and achieve their fullest potential. Magazines are engaging – they are colorful, topical, and timely – and fun too!

So, today was a very good day for changing the world, one magazine at a time!

  • Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Org (HERO)

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    501(c)(3) charity
    Greensboro, AL
    Serving the following number of monthly readers by age:
    Young (5 – 8yrs): 50
    Youth (9-13yrs): 20
    Teens (13-19yrs): 50
    Parents (20-45yrs): 50
    Grandparents (45yrs +): 50
    Magazines Requested: Education or travel magazines

  • CHEFS Homeless Job Training

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    Homeless, Job Training
    40 men and women
    San Francisco, CA USA
    Needs: 40 Magazines
    Magazines Requested: Food Network magazine

  • Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County

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    501(c)(3) Charity
    40 individuals per month of both genders age 16 and older. Some children are immigrants
    Phoenix, AZ, USA
    Needs: 40 per month
    Magazines requested: any and all magazines.

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