ReadThis is run entirely by volunteers. Our members host book drives, deliver books, help with the design of our website and publicity material, and find schools, hospitals, homeless shelters, and other locations that need help. Writers can volunteer by giving readings or visiting a school or shelter free of charge. In one case, a volunteer even built book shelves for a school that needed them. ReadThis wants your help, no matter where you live; our projects might take place in your region, or be nationwide.
If you are willing to offer your services in any of these capacities listed above, or in any ingenious way we hadn’t yet thought of, please email us at email@example.com
Include your name, city, contact email (and phone if you wish), and the way in which you would like to volunteer.
We look forward to hearing from you, and thank you!
* South Carolina ReadThis members hosted a book drive for the St. Bernard Parish Andrew Jackson Middle School in Louisiana
ReadThis members in the Friends of Pickens County Library, Sarlin Branch in Liberty, SC, collected and shipped over 1,000 books to help rebuild the Andrew Jackson Middle School library wiped out by Katrina
* ReadThis members bought 35 copies of Not Afraid of Dogs for Behind the Book’s program in the 1st grade of C.S. 21 in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.
The program brings the author to the classroom three times to talk about the book and work on student writing. The online purchases were facilitated through Word Bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
* ReadThis donations to Andrew Jackson Middle School in Louisiana now total over 2,500 books; Board member, Jeffrey Rotter, visited the site when he wad down there and made a short video touring the library
* In November, ReadThis held book drives at 3 locations in NYC to benefit 7 public schools in East Harlem, the Bronx, and Brooklyn; approximately 2,955 books were raised and delivered to the schools
* ReadThis members purchased 245 books in specific class sets for PS 376A elementary school in Bushwick, Brooklyn
This school in a low-income neighborhood was looking for intriguing series for their students to read in small groups, with the hope of elevating reading scores. Word Bookstore facilitated the purchases by putting the lists online, and in fact, asked its regular patrons to finish the list, purchasing another 36 books.
* ReadThis members volunteered their time to giftwrap for tips at Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, over the holiday season. They were able to buy 50 new books for PS 46, an elementary school in the Fort Greene neighborhood
* ReadThis in partnership with the NYU students for Greek Life, delivered over 5,000 books to three elementary public schools in Brooklyn greatly in need
* ReadThis helped coordinate the National Book Award Foundation’s generous donation of 80 books to the Andrew Jackson Middle School in Louisiana, and 138 books to KAPPA V, a public middle school in Brooklyn, NY
* ReadThis helped coordinate the Weinstein Company’s donation of 500 copies of “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy to Science Skills Center HS in Brooklyn and to the Bronx Academy
* Two five-year-old ReadThis members hosted a birthday party at which guests were asked to bring a new book for PS 46 in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, a school ReadThis identified as being in need of help. Beckett and his mother delivered the books to the principal.
* ReadThis began raised books for a 145-bed residential senior center in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
- created a library of 1,524 books and counting for the Andrew Jackson Middle School in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, a school reopening this summer for the first time post-Katrina but which had been virtually bookless
- bought 35 copies each of “Hamlet,” “The Chocolate War,” and “The Joy Luck Club” for the Women’s Academy of Excellence in the Bronx to fulfill their wish for classroom use
- bought $500 work of classics for the Women’s Academy of Excellence in the Bronx, and books from some of the girls’ personal wishlists
- built bookshelves for The Leadership Institute in the Bronx, a high-school that had no library until ReadThis supplied one
- delivered over a dozen large boxes of brand new and gently used books for the Science Skills Center High School, a public school in Brooklyn
- through the wedding registry of ReadThis members, purchased 90 wishlist books for a classroom of the Anna Silver School on the Lower East Side of New York; 34 copies of A People’s History of the United States for New York public school, HS 600 for classroom use; 34 books for library use for Anna Silver and the St. Bernard Parish schools; plus 25% of the wish list for Andrew Jackson Middle School
-in partnership with The Center for Fiction, acquired thousands of books (achieving the numbers requested) for the Bellevue Pediatric ward; KEEN New York; Bushwick IMPACT; P.S. 54 in Bedford Stuyvesant; Women’s Academy of Excellence in the Bronx; Kingsbridge Innovative Design School; Science Skills Center High School; P.S. 20, the Anna Silver School; The Women’s Youth Leadership School in Harlem; and The Women’s Youth Leadership School in Queens
- in partnership with The Center for Fiction, purchased 35 copies each of “Things Fall Apart,” “Three Cups of Tea,” and 26 copies of “Romeo and Juliet” for the Women’s Academy of Excellence in the Bronx; 25 copies of “How Many” for P.S. 20 The Anna Silver School; 35 copies of Lorca poetry anthologies for TWYLS Harlem; and acquired 35 copies of “Our Choice” by Al Gore, as well as assorted books from the schools’ wish lists
-ReadThis members purchased 50 copies of “The Bell Jar” and 50 copies of “The Wisdom of Insecurity” for English classes at the Science Skills Center High School, a public school in Brooklyn. Thanks to the donors and to Word Bookstore of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, a great partner on this project.
Thanks to all of you, the October ReadThis Book Drive for NYC kids in need was a huge success! Incarnation Children’s Center enjoys a fully stocked library; P.S. 307, Eames Place in the Bronx received about 3,000 books; and the daycare centers for the NY homeless shelters now have much needed titles for their shelves. ReadThis member, 12-year-old Theo Cooper is on the Wall of Heroes at P.S. 307 for his massive work gathering books as his bar mitzvah project.
The ReadThis Board would like to heartily thank everyone who hosted a drop-off site, hauled books, drove a delivery vehicle, spread the word, or donated a book. The list is below. (If you are not on the list but donated, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org, so we may include you.)
BOOK DRIVE HOSTS
Theo, Sari and Steven Cooper
Christine Foley and Paul Sperduto, at Moon River Chattel, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Kathy Kemp at Anna, New York, NY
Meg McConney Mirabella
Elisa Bluming and Beth Meyers of Bluming Studio (Pilates), Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Caroline Bishop Black
Sven of Sven Moving (www.svenmoving.com)
Andrea Harris Cohen
Judith Hottensohn and Weinstein Books
Rory Kerber Bernstein
Barbara R. Marks
Regina Capogrosso Mirabella
Caren Piela Scoropanos
St. Mark’s Bookshop
Thanks to the ReadThis members who bought the whole wishlist for the Brooklyn Collegiate library. These middle- and high-school students thank you. From last year, when they had barely any library to this year after your donations, their one month lending rate went from 23 books to 219 a month.
Thank you to all the donors who made Fourth of July 2009 a bit better for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan by sending care packages of books. The donations were greatly appreciated.
Kelley Davis Flanders
Wendy Zipes Hunter
Chloe Yelena Miller
Suzanne Franco Mitchell
Eileen Houlihan Moustats
Rita Signorelli Pappas
Janelle Small, and her fourth-grade class
Tammy Dudley Weisinger
Jill Brickus Wilson
Thanks to the people who bought the 30 copies of Animal Farm online for the English classes at the Leadership Institute in the Bronx. The students have begun studying the book, and 15% of the sales will go directly from Book Culture, an independent bookstore in Manhattan, to the school as a donation.
In March, ReadThis hosted a series of events to create a library for the Leadership Institute, a public high school in the Bronx, that had no library. Now they do.
Our biggest thanks goes to our hosts and drivers. They gave the use of their homes, time and muscle:
To the book donors at the drives:
Marie Ellen Butera
Desert Island Books
Friends of Leonard Library
The Wylie Agency
and many more who donated without registering their names
Thanks to those bought books or served as volunteers at the Books of Wonder event:
David Levithan, organizer of the Teen Author Festival
Peter Glassman, owner of Books of Wonder, and all of the extremely helpful employees at the store including Patty and Conrado.
Adrienne Maria Vrettos
and many more who donated without registering their names
If you contributed and do not see your name on the list, please let us know at email@example.com
Thanks to the Friends of Leonard Library for partnering with ReadThis to send 210 books to troops in Iraq at the end of February.
On Martin Luther King Day, we hosted a book drive to provide books to Brooklyn Collegiate, a public middle/high school that had virtually no collection. We had the participation of over 77 active volunteers. ReadThis delivered the books on the morning of Inauguration Day.
Thanks to our volunteers, on site and off:
Rebekah and Jacob Gluvsheski
Janelle and Mark Small
Off-site donors who mailed books:
Liz Riley Bressel
Sarah Chalfant, Wylie Agency
Kelly Davis Flanders
Ann Dagmar Johnson
Elizabeth M. Mitchell
Mary Della Torre Soghomonian
In December, we hosted a book drive for troops overseas and a toy and book drive for kids living in poverty in New York. We were able to ship over 1,200 books to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and deliver 18 large boxes of books and toys to Catholic Charities for distribution through Brooklyn and Queens.
Fairleigh Dickinson University English Dept.
Linden Tree Preschool
Tiger Lily Postal Service