Today, we officially kicked off the ‘volunteer week’ of the third annual United Way Children’s Book Drive. It was a monumental success.
Last week, April 10-14, businesses and organizations collected new and gently used children’s books across the Treasure Valley. Starting today, those same businesses, as well as several passionate community members, dropped off the donated books at our temporary book processing center (a large warehouse courtesy of property management company The Sundance Company) at 8740 W. Fairview in Boise.
After tallying all of the donated books today, we already hit 75,000 total books! This surpassed last year’s total of about 71,000. And, more will be delivered throughout the week, as we will be accepting books at the book processing center through Thursday, April 20, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Luckily, we had many volunteers to help begin cleaning those donated books.
At United Way, we are committed to breaking down barriers and silos, working together across sectors to advance the common good. This was evident today at the book processing center, with smiling volunteers from the American Red Cross, Wells Fargo, Payne West Insurance, Meridian Medical Arts Charter School Key Club, Saint Alphonsus Health System, UPS, PacificSource Health Plans, Boise State University, HealthWise, Meridian Lions Club, Book It Forward Idaho and more.
Plus, several community members and families helped out, wiping down the books, sorting them into age-appropriate boxes and readying them for distribution to early learning centers, daycares, schools, health clinics, libraries and more organizations that serve children. Many found the opportunity to volunteer at the Book Drive on United Way’s VolunteerUnited.org, a statewide website with volunteer opportunities across Idaho.
When it comes to volunteering, we love aligning ‘skills-based’ opportunities with people and organizations that are looking to share their amazing abilities. Today, UPS drivers, in their iconic brown trucks, traversed the Treasure Valley, picking up donated books at each Albertsons location before dropping them off at the book processing center. Sharing 'time, talent and treasure' to advance the common good—in this case, helping make sure local kids have books of their own to read—is a perfect example of Living United.
Special thanks to all our partners who made the United Way Children’s Book Drive possible this year: U.S. Bank, Albertsons, Book It Forward Idaho, West Valley Medical Center, 94.9 The River, 107.1 K Hits, 6 On Your Side, Idaho Statesman, The Sundance Company and Easter-Seals Goodwill.