BookEnds is thankful for the support of No More Poverty and co-founders Michael Omidi and Julian Omidi. During this time of “thanks,” many are thankful for the gift of literacy.
BookEnds is grateful for the support of No More Poverty and co-founders Michael Omidi, MD and Julian Omidi. This non-profit children’s literacy organization recycles children’s books to create and vitalize libraries in schools and youth organizations. Young people recycle their home libraries of beloved children’s books directly into the empty hands of Los Angeles children eager to learn how to read. In the process, books are reused to inspire and engage a new generation of children while empowering BookEnds student volunteers in community service.
“BookEnds is powered by our student volunteers but we cannot do this without the incredible support of a community of people that help us engage our children in service and reading.” According to Robin M. Keefe, President of BookEnds. “Every $100 donated to BookEnds results in more than $500 worth of books for kids. Thank you to No More Poverty for empowering our kids, starting them off early with the essential resource of books to launch a bright and successful future.”
No More Poverty supports BookEnds because of the clear connection between literacy and poverty. According to the National Institute for Literacy, forty-three percent of adults with literacy skills below a basic, functional level live in poverty; compared to only four percent of those with advanced reading and comprehensive levels. And according to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL), three of four food stamp recipients perform in the lower literacy levels (below or at a base level) and 90 percent of welfare recipients are high school dropouts.
About No More Poverty
No More Poverty (nmp.org) is a not-for-profit charity organization with a pending 501(c)3 application founded by brothers Michael Omidi, M.D. and Julian Omidi. The organization seeks to end poverty at home and abroad by supporting the efforts of like-minded charities and agencies. Current efforts are focused on increasing awareness of and donations to charities already doing great work to address poverty and its staggering effects throughout the world. The plan is to expand our activities to include fostering business development and job creation in disenfranchised areas.
Join us in the fight for No More Poverty. Suggestions for worthy partners in the fight for No More Poverty are welcome. No More Poverty does not accept monetary support, but instead encourages direct donations to the charities featured on nmp.org. For more information, please visit Facebook/nmp.org or nmp.org.
BookEnds is a non-profit organization founded in 1993 when eight year old Brandon Keefe compelled his third grade classmates to donate books from their homes to a local children’s home where his mother worked. Brandon’s compassionate effort was the beginning of BookEnds and turned out to be the first of literally thousands of book drives! Today, his mother Robin Keefe is the organization’s president and together they have mobilized more than 220,000 young people to collect, sort and deliver over 2.3 million books. BookEnds has provided more than a half a million children with books and completed or revitalized 585 libraries. The organization’s main source of books is recycled children’s books collected via book drive by student volunteers in schools and service organizations. The work instills the value of community service in student volunteers as they enjoy what is often their first opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. BookEnds creates readers and leaders and is about both the power and the promise of our children. For more information visit http://www.bookends.org.