My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Bookends, Los Angeles, CA, USA
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!