Become a member of the Access Books Bay Area board. Our board members attend monthly hour and a half long meetings by phone, attend and participate in school projects when they are available, help with grant writing and fundraising, and help plan and coordinate our annual fundraising event and ongoing sponsorship efforts. Board members also participate in-person in our quarterly (or sometimes more often) school projects, so residence in the Bay Area is an important part of being a board member for our organization, which has a strict regional focus on the San Francisco Bay Area.
One of the greatest impacts of COVID-19 on low-income San Francisco Bay Area students has been disruption in access to educational materials, and especially reading materials. Access Books Bay Area is working with schools during this trying time in a variety of creative ways to get high quality, relevant, engaging books into the hands of students despite school shutdowns. Find out more on our website at https://www.accessbooksbayarea.org.
Our mission is to level the literacy playing field for K-8 students living in poverty by providing high quality, high-interest, culturally relevant books, and a transformed school library space that invites students to spend time and read. We believe that books change lives, and that for children living in poverty, the school library is the best way to connect children with pleasure reading books. Studies have shown that reading for pleasure is one of the single greatest indicators of future academic success, yet the state of California provides no dedicated funding for school libraries, and many of the schools in the Bay Area have not funded their school libraries for decades, leading to out-dated collections and unattractive facilities. Our organization changes lives by making sure that the school library is an attractive place full of wonderful, interesting, recent, and culturally relevant books that will help them become lifelong readers.
We provide books to low-income schools where approximately 90 percent of students live at or below the poverty line. Most students at the schools we serve are children of color and children of immigrants. Our organization provides brand new, hardcover, high quality books to school libraries and gently used books to teachers for classroom libraries, as well as improving the library space by painting colorful, reading-based murals and providing new comfortable reading furniture.
We complete 2-3 library renovation projects each academic year, each taking place on a Saturday from 9am - 2pm. Volunteers from partner community service organizations collect the gently used books to be donated and provide volunteers for the project day. We serve school around the bay area, although most of our work to date has been concentrated in the south bay and peninsula areas. We have renovated nine elementary and middle school libraries in high poverty areas to date, and have applications pending for four more, one of which will be renovated this spring.
Since our founding in 2016, we have provided over 5000 new books, and 15,000 used books to schools. We have served nearly 4000 students and their families, have worked with more than a dozen different service organizations, and have had almost 400 volunteers work on our projects.
Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
We'll work with your schedule.
This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.
October 24, 2020
Grant Writing / Research
Resource Development / Management
Orientation or Training
1.5 hours per month board meeting call, 5-10 hours per month working on fundraising and sponsorship, one 8 hour project per quarter.