Millions of people in New York don't have sustainable reading material in their home and school environments. This is one of the biggest reasons why 3.4 million New Yorkers are illiterate. Without proper reading material, many people end up in jail or are unemployed. Schools in low-income communities often provide outdated and unusable books.
The goal of this project is to collect and donate as many books as possible, and then to give them to schools in need. Aside from giving kids the opportunity to read, this project is also helping to keep books out of landfills. Almost 32 million end up in landfills each year. (Paper by itself takes 2 to 6 weeks to decompose, imagine how much a 200 page book would take!) Donating these old books to people in need helps to keep those otherwise perfectly good books out of landfills. Because most families without books are not donation recipients, part of this project is also to create Lending Libraries in poor communities. This way, people in need of books who don't get donations will still have an opportunity to read and learn using books.