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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!

  • Adult Literacy Plus Of Southwest Arizona

    501(c)(3) Charity, School or Library, Adult Education, GED
    Yuma, AZ
    Serving a minimum of 150 students a month ranging in ages from 16 to 70 years old. Reading levels range from third grade to first-year college levels. However, the most common age of students is between 19 and 35.
    Needs: Approximately 150 magazines per month
    Magazines Requested: Magazines showing places, people, and animals around the world. Any magazines about hobbies or sports. Magazines that open students’ eyes to the world around them.

  • Santa Barbara School of Squash (SBSOS)

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    501(c)(3) charity
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Serves: Students from 4th to 12th grade
    Needs: Magazines for 36 students year round
    Magazines Requested: Any magazines about nature, sports, education, travel, or wildlife

  • Maryland Correctional Institution–Jessup (MCIJ)

    School or Library
    Jessup, Maryland
    Serving male adults 18-60 years of age. From pre-literacy to varying reading levels.
    Needs magazines for 30 students monthly
    Magazines Requested: Students enjoy nonfiction magazines with lots of pictures and short articles–this would include magazines about animals, geography, science, food, clothing, anything relevant to today’s world. National Geographic for Kids would be wonderful.

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