November is all about giving thanks and giving back. Between now and the end of the year non-profit organizations send out fundraising requests, encouraging adults to reach for their checkbooks. But what about kids? While there are lots of volunteer opportunities for adults, finding ways for children to participate can be more tricky, which is why we love the article in this months KidsVT: 20 Ways Families Can Give Back to their Communities. They share lots of practical, appropriate ways kids can get involved without writing checks this giving season.
If you or your kids would like to give back to our local community, we’re hoping you’ll join us by cleaning out your bookshelves today! Ask your kid(s) to collect gently used books from around the house that they’ve “outgrown.” Books can be donated to Addison County Readers (ACR), sponsors of the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program. Haven’t heard of the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library? We’ve written about how they deliver free books to children birth – age 5. ACR sells these donated books to help to cover the $30 per child per year that it costs to deliver books to over 1,100 Addison County preschoolers currently enrolled in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program.
If you’d like to donate, books can be left at Ilsley Library in Middlebury or at Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol. Or you can call or email Dinah Bain at 802-758-2218 or email@example.com.