Today I collected 200 magazines from people in my community. I have a few Highlights too! The entire bin is filled with magazines in bags. I can barely lift it!
— Caroline, Olentangy Liberty H.S. When Caroline, a junior at Olentangy Liberty High School outside Columbus Ohio, volunteered to be a MagazineLiteracy.org ambassador, she got right to work prospecting magazines in her neighborhood, and quickly struck literacy gold.
by John Mennell FAQ: Why give Conde Nast Traveler or House Beautiful or Veranda magazine or Architectural Digest to a homeless person or to a family in a transitional housing program? Why give Cooking Light magazine or Food Network Magazine to a hungry person or soup kitchen newsstand? Why give Inc. magazine or Fast Company to an unemployed reader, or travel magazines to the homebound?
Beautiful magazines for literacy, as far as the eye can see. Just in time for Earth Month, these photos illustrates the raison d’être for MagazineLiteracy.org – with titles for every reading age, interest, and language, magazines and comics are the most powerful literacy engines on the planet.
Today, with long-time friend Yogesh Ganesan, and generous supplies of beautiful reading materials from consumers, Highlights, Conde Nast, and many other publishers, we open our Columbus Ohio Literacy Market.
These wonderful periodicals are just in from Conde Nast HQ in NYC and Highlights right here in Columbus, and available at no cost for at-risk readers via food pantries, mentoring, job training, homeless and domestic abuse shelters, and foster care.
We are seeking agencies interested in receiving this first supply. Many more will follow. What are your dreams? For some it’s a chicken in every pot. For MagazineLiteracy.org, it’s reading materials in every hand and home – our mission is to share the joy of reading while ending illiteracy and poverty.
Reading is Fundamental says that most poor children and families have zero books – it’s shocking. We can fix that today! Each night 35,000 moms, many with children, leave everything behind to seek safety in a domestic abuse shelter. Help us find them and comfort and empower them. There are 1 million homeless students in our schools in every community – join with us to give them hope for a better tomorrow.
Every journey, no matter how grand or far, begins with a single step, followed by another, then more. These first boxes of beautiful magazines mark our first steps in Columbus Ohio. Walk with us and tell the world!
Magazine and comic book readers are enthusiasts about the titles that they read, which reflect the active interests that they are passionate about. This is why inserting magazines and comics into a mentoring relationship is so powerful – helping to break the ice and form a bond around common interests.
Doug Forrestal and Greg Barber As the eye of Hurricane Sandy was bearing down for its devastating landfall on New Jersey and Long Island and points north, MagazineLiteracy.org was laying the groundwork for creating the largest free literacy market in the world – this was our dream, our moonshot. We set a goal to receive a million magazines for literacy by Earth Day. Next week, we celebrate the United Nation’s International Literacy Day and our anniversary with over a million magazines in hand.
by John Mennell Chloe and her mom have invited friends like Dina over to the MagazineLiteracy.orgGlobal Literacy Outreach Center in Madison, WI to help sort and bundle magazines and comics for delivery to readers near and far. With your help, these wonderful magazine gifts will be airlifted half-way around the world to school children in India.
by Kristin Benz
Kristin Benz runs a program at Waunakee High School that provides hands-on vocational training to students with developmental disabilities. MagazineLiteracy.org has had the pleasure and privilege to work with these students for the past three years who are supporting operations at our Global Literacy Outreach Center in Madison, WI, and with many others in similar programs for children and adults. The young people assist with mission critical magazine sorting and data entry to support delivery of reading materials to eager readers via food pantry newsstands, mentoring, job training, and other community literacy programs. Kristin’s report is a model for replication in any school or community. iMAGine the possibilities and join us.
My students with disabilities have learned a great deal of vocational skills through working with the MagazineLiteracy.org program. First they sort the magazines, then they have to count them.
Some of my students have been able to go farther and work on data entry. They are able to enter the magazine donor’s mailing information, as well as other information on the packaging into a database used to keep track of inventory and to thank supporters.
In addition to the work skills that students are learning, they are also learning about volunteering and helping other people.
by Caroline Crouse Caroline Crouse, a Junior at Bethel High School, and her dad run a magazine recycling operation for literacy along the Rt. 95 corridor in Connecticut. Their work with MagazineLiteracy.org is part of a vast global logistics idea, where every garage, closet shelf, classroom crate, and office inbox – anywhere and everywhere – becomes a micro-warehouse operation for collecting, sorting, packaging, and sharing favorite, good quality magazines and comics with at-risk readers.
Changing the world one magazine at a time has been MagazineLiteracy.org’s mission since the seed for its creation was planted back in 1994. Today the charity puts magazines into the hands, homes, and hearts of underprivileged children and families to enable them to read and learn. Piet van Niekerk spoke to MagazineLiteracy.org’s founder, John Mennell.
Literacy = freedom + prosperity = dignity = civility.
As Independence Day approaches, MagazineLiteracy.org is redoubling its efforts to zero in on three focus areas that we know we can broadly replicate to attack illiteracy as a root cause of poverty, and to bring comfort and the joy of reading to children, teens, and adults:
1. mentoring where magazines and comics create a bond around common interests;
2. domestic violence shelters protecting 35,000+ moms and children every night; and
3. getting reading materials into hands and homes to feed people hungry to read via the vast network of food banks and food pantries.
We know that with titles for every interest and reading level, magazines and comics are especially powerful for literacy. Reading is Fundamental says that two-thirds of 16 million children living in poverty have no books at home – a stunning statistic that we can change today.
Your faith and support makes it possible. Join us. Tell the world.
We have friends in high places – angels in the cloud, rocketeers like our superheroes at Bendyworks, who fuel and light the engines of our global literacy moonshot. Those familiar know that there is actually a rocket scientist at the helm of Bendyworks and another founder who is a generous and wise prophet.
Two-thirds of U.S. kids in poverty – 10 million+ children – live in homes with no books. We can fix that today. 35,000 moms and kids spend each night in a domestic violence shelter. We can bring them comfort tonight.
Feeding people hungry to read – International Literacy Day mobilization delivers 275,000 magazines to kids and families
Hoboken, NJ — Marking the United Nation’s celebration of International Literacy Day on September 8th, New Jersey Assemblyman Carmelo G. Garcia (D-Hudson), a lifelong champion of education and basic human rights, has teamed with MagazineLiteracy.org to mobilize the statewide Rise Up for Literacy campaign to deliver 275,000 children’s and consumer magazines to literacy programs via the Community Food Bank of New Jersey and Long Island Cares. The magazines are available at no cost for at-risk readers in schools, mentoring, job training, homeless and domestic violence shelters, foster care, and food pantries. Fueled by magazines from consumers and publishers, the Rise Up for Literacy campaign seeks 1 million magazines pledged for literacy nationwide by Earth Day 2015.
Local agency helps combat childhood hunger, summer learning loss Children’s Hunger Alliance (CHA) distributed 13,000 free children’s magazines to Ohio children as part of their summer nutrition programs. CHA is working to help prevent childhood hunger, summer weight gain and summer learning loss through programs such as Make Summer Count, a collaboration with other non-profits, corporations and community leaders in Central Ohio. “It is our belief that children and youth deserve healthy meals and the opportunity to keep learning when school ends,” said Mary Lynn Foster, CEO, Children’s Hunger Alliance.
There is a role for everyone in our project and we need your involvement now more than ever. MagazineLiteracy.org is blessed with amazing amounts of technology and human support that allows us to run lean literacy operations – pushing limits and eager to bring a truly automated, crowdfunded global marketplace to life to reach our full potential.
Greg – a golfing enthusiast – delivers Conde Nast Golf Digest to the Long Island Cares Food Bank by John Mennell On September 8th we are celebrating the United Nation’s International Literacy Day, our 10th birthday and the wonderful literacy champions that have made our global literacy mission possible, like Greg Barber. Greg is an infectious, tireless, selfless road warrior for good in the world who runs an eco-friendly printing business and Neil’s Wheels with his son Neil, a vital hunger relief project. The best way to explain Greg’s enormous heart and passion for helping others is to tell the story of how we met.
Realizing the dream – MagazineLiteracy.org Founder John Mennell with Urban League of Greater Madison Young Professionals President Nia Trammell celebrate 120,000+ magazines supplied by Conde Nast for readers via food banks, mentoring, and job training programs.
Makers and Gearheads Share Favorite Magazines to Inspire Teens to Dream Madison, WI— Combining sustainability with literacy to celebrate International Literacy Day, Flux Moped and MagazineLiteracy.org have teamed to collect gently read recycled car, biking, outdoor sports, science and technology, and active lifestyle magazines for literacy at their Madison showroom at 710 Williamson Street. The magazines will be delivered to mentoring and job training programs, and homeless students in Madison and nationwide.
We have an enormous task to sort and deliver hundreds of thousands of magazines to new readers in Wisconsin, New Jersey, New York City, and Long Island. This “literacy bee” came together recently in Madison to swarm the stack of recycled magazines to make it disappear into hands and homes via literacy programs. We need more volunteers to get the job done and more literacy agencies to receive magazines for their readers.
“Swarm the stack!” We need your help and lots of help from individuals and groups to pick-up and bundle thousands of recycled and donated magazines for delivery to children, families, and job trainees for literacy.