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Wood to Wonderful Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development

Mission: Wood-to-Wonderful was founded by Louise and Doug Brown in 1987 in the Washington, DC, suburbs and relocated to Reading, PA, in 1997. Wood-to-Wonderful’s original grass roots mission was to make wooden toys for less fortunate children. To this end, over 150,000 wooden toys have been made and distributed to needy children over the years. Since moving to Reading, however, Wood-to-Wonderful’s mission has evolved into helping to improve the quality of life for deserving children and now, in addition to wooden toymaking, includes diverse community outreach programs such as “Reading is Toyrific,” working with adults with disabilities, Re-Bike-Cycle, CAN IT litter abatement program, and neighborhood support. Wood-to-Wonderful is truly a grass roots organization

Results: 90,000 books and related toys given to "Reading is Toyrific" participants, 10,000 toys per year made by volunteers including adults with disabilities, 2,500 bicycles repaired and donated to needy residents of Reading, PA, 800 litter receptacles made and placed throughout the City of Reading

Target demographics: children-in-need, adults with disabilities, bicycles and litter cans for needy city residents

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3,000 children and adults

Geographic areas served: the Berks County, PA, area

Programs: "Reading is Toyrific," wooden toy making, yoyo and game board making by adults with disabilities, Re-Bike-Cycle, CAN IT litter abatement

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Frank73

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to volunteer with the Wood to Wonderful organization. The founders, Louise and Doug Brown, have a deep rooted love for the improvement of the lives of deserving children in our community. This sense of purpose has been a strong motivating factor for myself and many other volunteers to give our time to assist with its many programs. On a shoestring budget, Wood to Wonderful provides literacy programs, beautification initiatives and wood making skills to name a few. I believe this organization is very worthy of support for volunteering time and financial resources.