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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 DonorsChoose.org, 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.

  • Crittenton Women’s Union

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    501(c)(3) Charity
    Boston, MA
    Serving Mothers from age 19-40 and children from infant to 5 years old. Most of the children are between 1 and 2.5 years of age.
    Needs: New or recycled magazines for 58 mother and 52 children.
    Magazines Requested: Magazines appropriate for children and toddlers. Magazines about nature, fashion, beauty, exercise. African American specific and Latina specific magazines. Any general women’s interest magazines.

  • Nunavut Inuit Families

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    Education Program
    1,500 children and adults
    Nunavut Territory, Canada
    Needs: 250 magazines and comics
    National Geographic Little Kids, National Geographic Readers Digest, Sports Illustrated, education and fishing magazines, and comics.

  • 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.

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