We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for shopping IRL and online. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.
If you don’t know, #GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
We at Quirk Books naturally have a deep love for reading and believe that books are vital to our community for their entertainment and educational value. If you share our passion and are feeling generous during this holiday season, I thought I’d point you in the direction of a few organizations that foster literacy and provide access to books in our community and nationwide. (Click to learn more and donate.)
Free Library of Philadelphia
: The mission of the Free Library of Philadelphia is to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity. Its vision is to build an enlightened community devoted to lifelong learning.
Tree House Books
: Tree House Books is on a mission of growing and sustaining a community of readers, writers, and thinkers in North Central Philadelphia.
: First Book provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy: access to books.
: The Mighty Writers' mission is to teach Philadelphia kids (ages 7 to 17) to think and write with clarity so they can achieve success at school, at work and in life.
: Story Storks is a non-profit organization that focuses on creating future readers starting at birth. They provide parents of newborns with the strategies and tools needed to promote infant literacy development.
I hope you’ll support these great organizations…or find your own. If you’ve got another non-profit in mind, please share it in the comments for others to review.