BOOKENDS

Rating: 5 stars   18 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, Philanthropy

Location: 2957 S. Sepulveda Boulevard Los Angeles CA 90064 USA

Mission: BookEnds creates readers and leaders.
Results: We have donated over 2.5 million books and engaged 300,000 student volunteers, and put books into the hands of over 600,000 students at 650 recipient organizations.
Target demographics: students have literacy resources
Direct beneficiaries per year: The schools and students in the greater Los Angeles area, both on the donor and the recipient side.
Programs: Bookdrives at schools, personal books drives, and satellite drives (outside of the greater Los Angeles area).

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I love the passion and pride of the work that goes on in this charity. I have helped out where I can with PR and getting high profile people to their Scrabble event and I have to say, I’ve been to many events and this one ran so smoothly, was so well done that I will model future events after it. I will do what I can to help out in the future!!!

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Tell the world about them!!!

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Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Bill N Lisa Justice Awesome! Watching the older children read to the younger children. Seeing how excited the older children were to raise money and change other children's lives. Seeing how amazed the younger children when they got a book to call their own. This is an amazing charity that let's us all help, but empowers children. Everyone should come and see how powerful the events are.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure everyone would engage

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Lori Neville wrote: I have to say that BookEnds impacts more kids and adults than you can imagine. I having been working with this non-profit for the past 3 to 4 years. I have watched it grow and continue to make a difference in our communities. When you can pull kids from areas that have it all to kids that have nothing and bridge the gap between the two you create leaders and readers. There is nothing that literacy doesn't touch and everyone should have the ability to read. It's a simple program that works. If we all just got engaged in this program just think how simple it could be to make sure every child could get a better chance in life to do better in school, life and whatever journey life takes them. Please take a minute and look at the amazing things BookEnds is doing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure more people were engaged and knew the impact of the work

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

BookEnds is a wonderful non-profit! We had the honor of participating in a book drive and delivery of the books to a school in need through my son's school. Such a simple idea and it is so well executed by BookEnds. To see a school with very few books get their classrooms filled with donated books was amazing. I believe it benefited the kids giving the books as much as the kids receiving the books. We have also participated in book sorting that is needed throughout the year. The BookEnds staff make it a lot of fun and are so thankful for the help. A great organization!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

BookEnds is an amazing non-profit that recycles gently used children’s books to reach students that need them most, AND teaches our youth the power and reward of community service! California ranks last nationally in access to libraries and 49th in books per student. Within that daunting statistic, however, BookEnds recognizes that some children have large home libraries and access to lots of books, while many other children have no books at home, and no effectively functioning school library. Lack of quality reading books significantly hinders students’ ability to learn to read and succeed in school. BookEnds’ premise is so simple: The books kids need already exist, and we just need to recycle gently used children’s books that have been outgrown and pay them forward to kids who need them. BookEnds teaches students to be effective leaders in running book drives, sorting the books according to age level and even delivering the collected books to recipient students to see the impact of helping others. In the process, they learn so much about the importance of reading, the impact they can make to improve our community, and even environmental awareness by keeping valuable books out of our landfills!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started out with BookEnds last year by working with them as part of my Bat-Mitzvah project. In my invitation I asked people to instead of giving a gift, to make a donation to BookEnds. Inevitably I ended up raising over $5,000 for them. In the end they asked me to be part of their board and I to this day am still working with them and I absolutely love it. It really makes you feel as though you are making a difference in the world. BookEnds is an amazing organization and even though I'm only in ninth grade, I still am treated as a significant part of this organization. I am setting up and running my own events and I have to say that at all BookEnds events, there is something for all people of all ages to participate in. If you are looking for a non-profit to work I say that BookEnds is the place for you!

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I wouldn't make any changes to BookEnds, it is truly amazing!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Imagine a world where all we need is accessible to everyone. This is exactly the pathway that BookEnds is on. The books children need exist. It takes the great, yet simple efforts of willing people to get books moved into the hands that need them the most. BookEnds = Simple Concept = Tremendous Impact

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

BookEnds is an outstanding organization that helps create readers and leaders. BookEnds program staff helps elementary school students organize book drives to collect gently used books and donates the books to schools and youth organizations in need of books. BookEnds staff qualifies the recipient schools to ensure that the children will have immediate access to the books and that the teachers receiving the books for their classrooms are excited to incorporate the books into their reading curriculum. The book drives are student driven, and for most of these children it is their first hands on experience with community service. Over the past 12 years, BookEnds has collected and donated almost 2.5 MILLION books to children in Los Angeles, making a tremendous impact on the literacy opportunities in our community. During a recent BookEnds delivery to a LA USD school, we were advised by a teacher that the first grade students were allowed to visit the library one time every three weeks, could check out one book, and were not allowed to take the book home. The children attending the school do not have safe access to a public library and do not have books at home. Without BookEnds, these children would not have the tools to become readers. The BookEnds model is also an excellent model for teaching children to recycle and reuse.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending book drive kickoffs, sortings, deliveries and wrap ups.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire additional program managers so BookEnds could collect and donate even more books!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Bookends is such a great organization. They have helped a countless amount of people get access to books as well as teach so many kids a lesson of leadership. They do a spectacular job and really try to solve the problem of illiteracy.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the books be delivered to schools.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure it stays the way it is.

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BookEnds is a fantastic organization dedicated to increasing literacy and volunteerism in Southern California. It uses an amazing business model centered around kids giving to kids..c Plus, deserving schools end up with libraries full of books! It's staff and board have so much energy and dedication---its truly an amazing organization!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the joy in the faces of kids as they receive boxes of books! Also, watching 4th graders read together at the end of a successful book drive.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide additional funds in order to serve more schools!

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