YLS Community Service Day
Location: Children's Book Bank 1915 NE 7th Ave Portland, OR 97212
The holiday season is upon us, and the Service to the Public Committee has coordinated with the Children's Book Bank (CBB) to provide a new opportunity for you to give back to your community in December! Also, beyond being an opportunity to give back to the community, this event is restricted to ages 21+ (no alcohol will be present) and is a great opportunity for you to meet other "young" adults giving back to the community.
For children in poverty, one of the biggest obstacles to literacy development (which begins at birth) is the scarcity of books in the home. While the ratio of books to children in middle-income neighborhoods is approximately 13 books to 1 child, the ratio in low-income neighborhoods is a mere 1 book to 300 children. The CBB narrows the book gap by providing the community with a place for families to donate the books their children have outgrown, moving thousands and thousands of children's books into the homes of kids in need.
Our goal is to "spruce-up" gently-used community donated children's books, which will later be distributed to low-income preschool children in the Portland area. Specific tasks that might be assigned include wiping covers, taping torn pages, erasing scribbles, covering inscriptions, and reinforcing worn spines. You can also bring gently-used children's books to donate!
This event will be held on December 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. If you would like to volunteer for this event, please contact Kevin Sasse. Space is limited, and volunteers must sign up by emailing Kevin by 12:00 pm on December 5!