My secret super power is fundraising! I'm not afraid to ask my community for MONEY - whether for PTO, Booster Clubs, my own nonprofit! Sure it's a little uncomfortable but fundraising has to be done! Nonprofits can't run without money.
All that being said, sometimes I don't want to do it or it feels overwhelming to ask for more money.
We ran out of books to fill our last round of applications so we had to begin our fundraising campaign early. An amazing thing happened. In addition to having a successful Facebook fundraiser, we received 100s of books from our community, an offer of new books from a foundation and a monetary donation from a different foundation. Just when I thought I might give up, I received a sign to keep on plugging along. Thank you to everyone for your continued support. I keep saying it takes a village to do just about anything but I believe it.
Stats for this school year: 2,308 books donated so far!
We are continuing our Classroom Library Program again this year. Putting high interest, relevant books in the classroom helps promote literacy at every age. Our donation stats for the 2021-2022 school year are impressive! We've donated 1,873 books to 55 teachers this year. I hope to hit 2,000 books donated by the end of December!
We started the Classroom Library Program in 2018. To date, we have donated 6,121 books to teachers from the Greater Houston Area.
We took about six weeks off this summer but we are back at it! So far, we have delivered 599 books to teachers for the new school year. We are starting out strong. Get ready, get set, read!
We finished the year off pretty darn strong! We donated over 1,500 books to area teachers. We'll start accepting applications for books in July! Check back soon. In the meantime, if you know a teacher in need of a classroom library, tell them to apply here.
I have been delinquent in my updates to my website but we have been busy this spring giving books away to teachers! We increased our fundraising efforts and held many book drives. As we round out the 2020-2021 school year and close the donation period, we are eagerly gearing up for the next school year. We will start purchasing books again in June and start filling applications in late July or early August.
We donated 1,461 books to 46 teachers who work for the public school systems in the Greater Houston Area. Apply today! https://www.harveycat.org/apply.html
Our stats are in: we've donated 1,223 books in the 2020-2021 school year. We'll continue to promote literacy by providing teachers with books!
Our classroom library project continues to be successful. We have donated 992 books in the 2020-2021 school year! We hope to donate 1,500 books by the end of May 2021.
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It's not the school year we had hoped for but we are so thankful that our educators are back in the classroom. We have donated 695 books to teachers so far this year. For the love of reading!