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!