Purge Books, Help People

July 6, 2007 at 8:32 pm

This is somewhat unrelated to saving money, but it is about simplifying your life, getting a tax break and, most importantly, helping others. I hope you’ll bear with me.  

There’s a group that I’m involved with called Women in Portland Publishing (WiPP). We’re sponsoring a book drive in Portland benefiting 3 organizations:

WiPP is collecting new and used books for these organizations. Scroll down a little further to find out more about the needs of each group.

The drive runs from June 27 to August 3, 2007.

You can drop off books at these local businesses. If you are interested in donating new books, please consider buying from these stores.

The benefits of participating are:

  • Your donation is tax deductible.  
  • This is an opportunity to clean out your bookshelves of books that are collecting dust and cluttering your life.
  • This is, most importantly, a way to help fellow Oregonians. The more literate, educated, entertained people we have in Oregon, the better.

More information on the organizations and their needs:

Regence Boys & Girls Club of North Portland just opened its doors on June 18, 2007. Their library is currently empty, so there is a real need here. They are looking for both new and used books for youths ages 6–18.

Books to Oregon Prisoners and Portland Books to Prisoners strive to bring books into prison libraries and directly into the hands of inmates. They have a need for books covering topics such as history, science, indigenous studies, women’s/feminism studies, African-American studies, Latina/o studies, and books in Spanish. Science fiction and fantasy are also welcome, as are dictionaries and thesauruses. They cannot accept books that contain depictions of weapons, martial arts, or nudity. They have a need for both new and used books: used books will be added to prison libraries, and new books will be mailed directly to inmates.

Please feel free to tell others about the drive. Here’s a press release that gives a little more info: 2007_bookdrivepr.pdf

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