In 2002, our first year, we donated 4,970 books to the community!
Metropolitan Police Boys & Girls Club = 1,550 books Books for Washington, DC formed a partnership with the Metropolitan Police Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington, DC. The clubs serve 15,000 kids from disadvantaged communities in our nation's capital. In September and October 2002, Books for DC donated a total of 1,550 children's books, reference, and general educational books to ensure club libraries can properly serve each child. We were excited to assist the DC Metropolitan Police in working to build a strong bond between their officers and at-risk youngsters through "out-of-the-classroom" reading and educational programs.
WVSA Arts Connection = 100 books The mission of WVSA arts connection is to serve Washington DC area children and youth with special needs through service-oriented programs using the arts as a tool to master educational, vocational, and other life skills. Our goal is to provide programs to individuals who battle substantial risk factors that may inhibit their potential. Books for Washington, DC provided 100 art books to WVSA to assist with their educational programs.
Calvary Bilingual Multicultural Learning Center = 225 books CBMLC offers an extensive learning program to more than 400 children, youth, and families from the Columbia Heights, Mt. Pleasant, and Shaw neighborhoods of Washington, DC. Serving individuals of different races, cultures, and languages, CBMLC has created a learning environment that respects and builds upon the multicultural aspects of the community in which it is located. "The reference, non-fiction and fiction books we received from Books for America are instrumental in the development of our resource library." - Julie Jahnke, CBMLC
DC Coalition for the Homeless = 230 books Books for Washington, DC gave 230 children's books to DC Coalition for the Homeless for distribution to youths in Coalition shelters. Mary's Center for Maternal and ChildCare = 300 books "Books for America's support [of children's books] will help Mary's Center bring smiles to the faces and new ideas to the minds of the children we serve, as we continue to meet the health care needs of more than 4,000 low-income, uninsured women and children in the District of Columbia. Your gift will assist Mary’s Center as we provide pediatric care along with women’s health and prenatal programs, teen health services, adult education and family literacy, and a host of other services that contribute to the health of families and link them to our community."- David Bender, Mary's Center
House of Ruth = 650 books "We at the House of Ruth were thrilled to receive so many books for Books for America. They are a welcome resource and will greatly benefit the women and children we serve. We are striving to help our women and children build healthy, independent lives. We hope that a love of books and knowledge will accompany them when they leave us." - Sara Belgard, Three Sisters Program, House of Ruth, Washington, DC
Washington Home & Hospice = 15 large-print books, 30 music CDs The Home's mission is to provide quality health care and end-of-life services with compassion and innovation to foster dignity and independence in those we serve. When the Home put out a call for music for their resident patients, Books for Washington, DC was happy to be able to deliver a significant number of classical and jazz CDs.
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind = 20 audiobooks Since 1900, the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB) has offered programs that enable individuals who are blind or visually impaired to obtain and maintain independence at home, school, work, and in the community. Books for Washington, DC regularly sends shipments of audiobooks to the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind.
New Hope Housing= 200 books The mission of New Hope Housing, Inc. is to provide homeless families and individuals with shelter and opportunities to seek a better life. They accomplish this in part by providing programs to promote literacy, high school equivalency, English as a second language and computer skills instruction. Books for Washington, DC was pleased to be able to provide several hundred children's books to New Hope Housing.
Arlandria Health Center for Women and Children = 500 books "What a wonderful surprise to receive boxes of books for our children! We are very appreciative of the gift you have given us and know that it is going to help us achieve the objectives of our "Reach Out and Read Program". We encourage mothers to read to their children to enhance their cognitive skills and to instill in them a love for reading." Carolyn Burstein, Program Coordinator, Arlandria Health Center
McGwire Veterans Hospital = 1,000 books The hospitals serves hundreds of veterans in the Richmond, VA area and put out a call through the American Legion Riders for donations of paperback books. Books for DC responded by filling their shelves with 1,000 books!
Virginia Association of the Blind = 6 audiobooks The Virginia Association of the Blind assists visually impaired or deficient individuals, and the friends and familis of these individuals.
Hospice of Northern Virginia = 200 books Books for Washington, DC was pleased to supplement the hospice's in-patient center library with several hundred books - both adult fiction and children's books - to serve not only the Hospice's residents, but also visiting family members.
Ronald McDonald House of No. Virginia = 20 childrens/family videos