Why Literacy?

Share the Literacy Love

Reading is where it all begins. Support the largest humanitarian literacy marketplace on the planet to rescue every available magazine and comic for delivery to at-risk readers to promote literacy, strengthen readership and learning, and to build self-reliance to end food insecurity and poverty. MagLiteracy.org supplies recycled and new magazines and comics to literacy programs. Literacy ends poverty. Our understanding of anything you can imagine begins with knowing how to read. By funding our mission to share the special literacy superpower of the magazines and comic books you love with at-risk readers, you can help develop lasting, life-long reading habits that change lives for good.

You can be part of solving a problem larger than ourselves. There are over 18 million U.S. kids in poverty, including over a million homeless students. Two-thirds of children in poverty have no books at home – zero. Researchers have found that poor infants hear 30 million fewer words when their brains are developing for life. 32 million adults and 1 in 5 high school graduates can’t read when success in our new economy demands it. A child unable to read is a child lost. Adults unable to read were once children who didn’t learn how. With your help today, we are changing this. Please donate to fund our mission to deliver recycled and new magazines and comics to at-risk readers for literacy.

Magazines and comics are the most powerful literacy engines on the planet.

Why are magazines and comics so special for literacy? Promoting literacy establishes a lifelong reading habit. Think about this – with titles for every reading age, interest, professional aspiration, and language, we can tailor your gift to deliver recycled and new magazines and comics that match exact literacy needs – like teaching science and engineering, or mentoring a teen who loves cars, sports, or fashion, or culinary job training, or comforting a homeless family. Studies show that holding reading materials in your hands increases learning. Magazines and comic books are familiar and not intimidating. They educate and inspire. Magazines and comic books in hands and homes foster ownership and build self-esteem. Please donate to fund our literacy deliveries.

We use 100% of your donation to deliver literacy that changes lives for good.

We keep a promise that 100% of your donation for literacy is used to get recycled and new magazines and comics to at-risk readers via community literacy programs. Our operating costs are funded separately by private donors who designate their funds, so we can use 100% of your gift to deliver literacy.

You can comfort a child and mom seeking safety in a domestic violence shelter.

Tonight, and every night, 30,000 moms and kids who have escaped harm with their dignity, but little else, will sleep in a domestic abuse shelter – afraid, and wondering what tomorrow will bring. Imagine the meaningful comfort in reading together. Your gift will help us to achieve our literacy goal to reach every mom and every child spending tonight in a shelter with reading materials to comfort them.

You can share literacy with a homeless teen or foster child, so they are not forgotten.

Today, and every day, there are one million students who are homeless, nationwide, and over 400,000 children removed from home into foster care. Giving a magazine or a comic book to that child says, “They see me. I matter. I can get through this.” Please donate to fund literacy for homeless students and foster children.

You can fill a literacy newsstand to feed children and families hungry to read.

Illiteracy is a root cause of hunger and poverty. Our literacy market is modeled on food rescue through gleaning and food banks to get recycled and new reading materials into the hands and homes of at-risk readers via food pantries, backpack feeding, elderly meal delivery, culinary job training, and nutrition education programs. Please donate to deliver and stock Literacy Newsstands for at-risk readers.

You can deliver the reading needed to help a mentor reach a child or teen around a common interest.

Have you ever mentored or tutored a child struggling with reading? Did you notice how difficult it was for them to grasp concepts, no matter the subject. A child unable to read is a child lost. Adults unable to read were once children who didn’t learn how. An illiterate person cannot learn any school subject, or read an instruction manual, or doctors orders, or a website or any digital information. Sharing a favorite magazine or comic book can help a mentor break the ice to reach a child around a common interest. Please donate to fund literacy to change a young life for good.

Job Training

With titles for every trade, from boat building to culinary to design and fashion, to home building and woodworking, magazines are perfect for job training programs, and for juvenile and prison rehabilitation. Please donate to fund reading skills.