The United Fund has a program called "1,2,3 Read to Me.”
As a volunteer for the United Fund, I process the books that are donated to this program. They are placed on one of the 15 bright blue bookshelves that you see around town. Each bookshelf has a person responsible for keeping enough books on the shelves, available for children to share or keep. This program has been active for about a year now and we have been able to get more than 4,000 books into the hands of children in Norwalk who may not get a chance to have books of their own at home.
The Norwalk Area United Fund is passionate about literacy. They have information about how huge this problem is in the Unitd States and here in Norwalk. One child in four grows up not knowing how to read. Two-thirds of those not reading proficiently by the fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare.
The reason for this letter is that our book donations have drastically declined and we are not able to keep a good supply of books on hand to stock the 15 shelves around town. I am hoping to increase the awareness for this need for new and gently used books for kids of all ages. Consider going through you child's book collection and donating the books they have outgrown or no longer read. If you enjoy going to garage sales, consider buying used books and donating them. All books appropriate for infant through high school aged kids are needed.
All books should be dropped off at the Norwalk Area United Fund. They are located at 2 Seminary St. Their phone number is 419-668-0269.