Start Reading Now
is a small local charity that does something very simple: they give free, new books to kids in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade to read over the summer. We just made a donation. It seems like something that my fannish friends would like to support. Here's the description from their website.
By hosting book fairs right before summer break, we help kids create their own library of 30 books built over 3 years - at the end of 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade.
To identify the kids who are most in need of books, we work with local public schools that have 50% or more of their students on free or reduced lunch.
During the day of the book fair, students pick out 10 brand new books and use a $50 Start Reading Now voucher to pay for them. We also provide "This Book Belongs To" stickers and a backpack to carry their new belongings - adding to the sense of ownership and value.
Our book fairs are low-effort, low-risk and high-impact, making our program an exciting new way to drive change in our community.