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Access Books Bay Area

Students in San Jose with their new books!

Access Books Bay Area is looking for an individual who believes in our mission of bridging the literacy gap for the Bay Area's most vulnerable children living in poverty, and who wants to help us expand our work by writing grants. As a grant writer, you would help Access Books Bay Area to secure important funding that would allow us to expand our existing programs, build our infrastructure, and begin paying part-time staff members, starting with the grant writer!

Currently we are an all volunteer organization, and 98% of the donations and grant funds we receive go directly to our programs providing access to books and improved school libraries for children living in poverty in the Bay Area. With increased funds, we would build the infrastructure necessary to complete more projects each year and help us fight poverty through improved access to education and literacy.

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About Access Books Bay Area

Location:

47 Octavia Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, US

Mission Statement

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.

Description

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

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Grant Writing / Research

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • Will vary depending on grant deadlines. Approximately 5-15 hours per month on average.
  • Experience with grant writing for nonprofit organizations would be great!

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