In January 2008, we were contacted by Laura Ellison of Americorps who is also a volunteer at the Louis Bennett Public Library in Weston, WV. Laura told us how much the library needed new books for its collection – in fact, the Louis Bennett Public Library had a collection of a mere 19,000 books and is the only public library in the whole county!
Since the drive from Delaware to West Virginia is over 5 hours, Laura agreed to canvass other agencies and organizations in the area that also needed books. We came up with a list of local elementary schools, middle schools, the local senior center, and of course the library, and determined the type of books each group needed the most. For months, we sorted through our “collection” to find appropriate books for each group. Although that sounds like a relatively simple task, the truth is, most of our donations simply arrive in closed boxes and after a book drive are literally piled to the ceiling! When opening a box, there’s no way to know what’s inside, so searching for 5,200 perfect books actually meant sorting through four or five times that many. We also had to clean them, pack them and label them in boxes for the different organizations, and load up the U-Haul.
After six months of hard work, in July 2008 we made the drive to West Virginia and were able to see the ecstatic response from the representatives who met us there to collect their share of the books. It was a fabulous experience and a tremendous success!
AmeriCorps is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. It’s a chance to apply your skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.
Each year, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. Whether your service makes a community safer, gives a child a second chance, or helps protect the environment, you’ll be getting things done through AmeriCorps!
AmeriCorps members address critical needs in communities all across America. As an AmeriCorps member, you can:
- Tutor and mentor disadvantaged youth
- Fight illiteracy
- Improve health services
- Build affordable housing
- Teach computer skills
- Clean parks and streams
- Manage or operate after-school programs
- Help communities respond to disasters
- Build organizational capacity
For more information about AmeriCoprs visit http://www.americorps.gov
Founded in 2002, Success Won’t Wait, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit literacy organization based in Wilmington, Delaware. Want to learn more about Success Won’t Wait’s literacy projects, how to donate used books in Delaware, or volunteer your time? Click on the About Us tab to learn more.
Read now, because success won’t wait!