Starting a local project or team

This provides step by step guidance for starting a project or team in your community. Please contact us with any questions, comments, or ideas.

Begin by reading through our website pages to learn more about our literacy work and stories.

Then, decide if you are doing a one-time or short-term project, or a longer-term commitment, and let us know, so we can guide you.

Let us know if you will be collecting magazines or comics, or organizing a fundraiser.

100% of funds raised are used to provide reading materials to at-risk readers via our literacy partners, which include food pantries, shelters, mentoring, job training, and prison rehabilitation programs.

If you collect recycled reading materials in an area where we do not have a local team or Literacy Bank, there are some preparation steps that are helpful, which we will explain, and you will need to ship them to one of our regional Literacy Banks for distribution to readers.

Let us know if you want to set up a long-term or permanent team in your area. Once we begin serving needs in a community, we want to be ongoing and reliable, so an important first step is to create a leadership team.

When ready, we can guide your efforts.

It’s important to have a publicly accessible workspace where you can receive donated reading materials, and volunteers can meet to sort magazines and comics.

It’s good to meet once or twice a month to sort and deliver the reading materials to your literacy agencies.

You can begin with adopting even just one agency, like a food pantry or shelter, or youth mentoring, or job training program. Assign one or more ambassadors to the agency who will monitor their needs and make sure the deliveries are made, and the Literacy Newsstand there is stocked and well organized.

A Literacy Newsstand can be an existing shelving unit or table, or we have pre-built tabletop units available (our manufacturing cost for these is $14 and it costs about $35 to ship them to you).

Thank you for your interest. Moving magazines into hands and homes is hard work, but changes lives for good.