Thank you Tiffany for helping organize this Getting Started article for our local teams. Join us to start recycling magazines in your town for new readers nationwide. Here’s another article for those collecting magazines at home to donate.
The Magazine Recycling Process
Hello and welcome to MagazineLiteracy.org where magazines are our specialty and our mission is to change the world—one magazine at a time! A brief overview of what we do: We collect and donate new and gently used magazines to the various programs we work with to share the magazines we love and to support literacy: domestic violence and homeless shelters; foster care, youth mentoring centers, etc. In this article, you will read just what we expect from you to help us spread the joy of reading with thousands of families all around the world!
We say “…The process of recycling is easy as 1, 2 3!…” and we really do mean that! The first step is to start collecting magazines. This can happen at the local grocery or book store, at your school, club or business, or even in your own home or apartment building.
The magazines we share with new readers should be in good or very good condition – clean, with no torn or cut covers or pages.
An important step is to remove any mailing labels, to protect personal information and to allow a more dignified experience for the new magazine owner. Carefully remove paper labels and black out ink labels with a permanent black marker. Then cover the spot with one of our “gift” labels. Contact us to get some. Simply place the “gift” label over the blacked out information or where the paper label once was. Repeat this with every magazine.
Next, sort your magazines by age group and topic. Once your bundle is ready, we’ll help get it posted where literacy programs can find it and request it. Be in touch for more information about this step.
That’s it! You have just helped a child, their family, or a few dozen children and their families experience the joy of reading! What a wonderful feeling that is…I hope you found this article informative and if you have any problems or comments, don’t be afraid to ask for help.