I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I attended a wonderful event at a local elementary school celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday. This particular event was actually a book drive where children donated books to be passed along to other children who need them. It was deeply moving. I also have seen Bess in action at back to school events where kids are given books along with necessary school supplies that they would otherwise not have to support their educational needs.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Find additional streams of income to help keep Bess confidently on the road. Bess is a Dodge Sprinter and books are heavy. The current Bess is long in the tooth and therefore costing more to maintain than what would be spent on a new vehicle. Bess needs more sponsors to help give her a reliable income to support the purchase of a new vehicle and to keep the organization running without significant financial stress.
Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?
How much of an impact do you think this organization has?
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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
How did you learn about this organization?
I've been a friend of the founder, Jennifer Frances, since high school and have had the privilege of watching her tireless efforts to build this organization from an idea into a program that genuinely gives joy to children who unfortunately do not experience enough of that emotion in their young lives.
What is this organization's top short-term priority?
Replacing the vehicle. Bess needs a new Mercedes Sprinter 3500 fitted with auxiliary air conditioning, tow package and built out with book shelving. The estimated cost is @ $60,000.00
What is its top priority in the long run?
Additional stable funding sources to support car payments, maintenance and fuel expenses.