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Literacy Focus Areas

Use this online form to tell us about your literacy mission and the magazines and comics that you would like to receive.

We want to support any community literacy initiative, however, the following are the priority focus areas where there are significant unmet needs and where we can have the greatest potential for a positive impact:

Literacy Program Focus areas:

  • Children in poverty (12 million+ U.S. kids have no books at home)
  • homeless children, families, and students (1 million+ readers)
  • moms and children in domestic violence shelters (1,500 shelters; 35,000+ readers each night)
  • youth in early education, after-school, and mentoring programs
  • Teachers serving at-risk readers
  • hungry families served by food pantries and nutrition programs
  • girls and women in empowerment programs
  • teens and adults in job training programs
  • children in foster care (400,000+ readers)
  • child and family health clinics
  • Refugees and orphans
  • Prisons
Magazines for:

  • Child Literacy
  • Family Literacy
  • Financial Literacy
  • Health Literacy
  • Cultural Literacy
  • Media Literacy
  • Functional Literacy
  • Technology Literacy

School Bus and BackpackSchools and libraries: We definitely support literacy programs in schools and libraries, and also champion other excellent programs serving school needs, such as, Room to Read, and Pencils of Promise. It’s great when a our project can be organized with students at a school that supports literacy needs in another school or local program. We especially want to support the literacy needs of homeless students, which is a large and often hidden challenge for communities and families – over 1 million students are homeless.

Magazine HarvestFeeding children and families hungry to read: Developing relationships with local hunger relief organizations, such as food pantries and food banks, can be very helpful because the distribution of magazines and comics to agencies and families involves very similar logistics as food delivery. Many hunger relief organizations want to support literacy programs, since learning to read is fundamental to achieving self-reliance. Homes with insufficient food often do not have a good supply of reading materials, so adding reading materials to the food supply chain – for example in a bag of groceries or a child’s backpack – helps to get them into the hands, homes, and hearts of people who want to learn and love to read them.

We only provide magazines and comics via agencies or organizations that are 501(c)(3) non-profits or educational institutions, rather than directly to individuals. Literacy needs can easily outstrip our supply of magazines and funding, so we strive to prioritize our support for programs as resources allow.

Donate Now

Sponsor a literacy need.

Volunteer to help find and feed children and families hungry to read in your community.

Recycle your magazines and comics to new readers in shelters and literacy programs.

  • Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center, Inc

    501(c)(3) Charity
    Wyandanch, NY

    Serving the following number of individuals on a monthly basis:
    550 children ages 0-17
    630 adults ages 18-59
    35 seniors ages 60+

    Magazines Requested: Magazines for a wide age range of readers on topics such as cooking, women’s health, automobiles, teen trends, kids magazines etc.

  • Loogootee Elementary

    Loogootee, IN
    Serving male and female students from kindergarten to third grade.
    Needs: Enough magazines for 1-20 low level readers and 1-20 medium level readers from the months of August through June.

  • Santa Barbara School of Squash (SBSOS)

    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

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