Open Books is an award-winning nonprofit social venture that operates an extraordinary bookstore, provides community programs, and mobilizes passionate volunteers to promote literacy in Chicago and beyond.
When I looked into volunteering for Open Books I found that they are mainly looking for long term volunteers, but had a “micro-volunteering” option for those who want to help, but only have a few minutes. I called them up and spoke with Ava Zeligson the Volunteer Manager. She let me know that I could help by Liking Open-Books Org on Facebook, donating used books, or purchasing merchandise in their store.
Today, I went to their store at 213 W Institute Place in the River North neighborhood to drop off about a dozen books, and purchased two books and some pins that they make with images from books too damaged to sell. I also Liked them on Facebook earlier this week.
This is a very easy way to help fight literacy and find some good books at low prices. They will even track a book title and notify you if it comes into the shop. They accept online donations and offer naming opportunities at various levels.
Twenty eight down, and only 22 more to go!