On Monday, February 24, the All Points PR team volunteered at Bernie’s Book Bank in Lake Bluff, IL for our first quarter Positive Impact.
Bernie’s Book Bank is “the leading provider of quality books to under-served children in the Chicagoland area,” with the belief that “books and reading are both the vehicle and road to a better life.” The organization sources, processes and distributes new and gently used children’s books to help increase book ownership among underserved children, from infants to school age. Six books per child are distributed twice a year for a total of 12 books annually.
The All Points team broke up into groups to help put together individual bags containing six books each. From educational reading to stories featuring popular cartoon characters, each bag featured a variety of books appealing to early childhood readers. Each individual bag was then placed into a tote – once a tote reached 32 bags, it was sent to a loading area for distribution.
Bernie’s Book Bank reports that two out of three children from low-income families don’t have any books of their own. Since its founding in 2009, Bernie’s Book Bank has distributed more than 17 million books, and is on target to distribute 3.6 million books annually to 360,000 underserved children in Chicagoland. 45,000 volunteers are welcomed every year.
The All Points team enjoyed a hands-on opportunity to help impact the literacy crisis in Chicagoland and spread the joy of reading to today’s youth. We strive to positively impact communities in which we live and work through our philanthropic and volunteer efforts with the Positive Impact program. We are passionate about our commitment to corporate social responsibility and making a positive impact on meaningful social, community and environmental organizations. We look forward to our next Positive Impact and the cause we will serve!
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