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A relay to get recycled magazines from donors to new readers

We are in the business of moving magazines around, more directly than otherwise with our KinderHarvest programs, which recycles magazines from donors to new readers. This presents many and varied logistical challenges for our all volunteer teams. Transporting magazines demands human, transportation, and financial resources. We are blessed with many volunteers. However, their physical locations and availability vary. We are blessed with many magazine donors. Again, their locations, timing, and frequency of involvement vary. We service many literacy agents who accept our recycled magazine donations and provide them to new readers. Urban communities present different challenges than suburban or rural landscapes. So, how do we make all these pieces hum – efficiently, timely, and effectively?

We are exploring a number of ideas. One is the Magazine Bundle Relay, where a network of volunteers are connected by web and mobile telephone technology – each volunteer taking up a small part of the magazine collection or delivery – along a chain that overall gets magazines from donors to literacy agents. We’ve recently discovered and are exploring use of grassroots mobile text messaging to activate this network, using FrontlineSMS. We’ll need to understand whether SMS text messaging introduces fees that we would not want to impose on our volunteers.

Our relay system will be organized as shown in the above diagram, with donors represented by the magazine bundles; literacy agents represented by the girl reading; and volunteers by the yellow happy faces. Be in touch to join the relay.

  • Sunshine Acres Children’s Home School

    501(c)(3) Charity, School or Library
    Serve children ranging from 1st grade to college
    Mesa, AZ, USA
    Needs: 100 magazines
    Magazines Requested: any history, science, outdoors, economic, and any other educational magazines.

  • 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.

  • James F. Bay Elementary

    School
    100 readers age zero to four
    Seabrook, TX, USA
    Needs: 100 magazines
    Magazines Requested: Highlights for Children, National Geographic for Kids, and Turtle Magazine

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