Monthly Archives: June 2017

Meet our newest class-level sponsor!

If you haven’t been following our website closely, you may have missed some of our newest- and recently renewed- class-level sponsors for 2017! Though we can never truly express the extent of our gratitude, we are going to give it a shot.

After wrapping up our biggest round of distributions ever – with 74,000 books distributed to 6,200 children in four counties – we find ourselves reflecting on those individuals and companies whose support is so important in helping us reach those children. Our program – from the early days through this latest round of expansion – has been built on those people who step up and give a dollar to help buy a book, or $30 to sponsor a child, or $600 to sponsor a class.

This post will highlight the class sponsors that came on board or renewed in 2016-17 to help make this year’s program a reality. Look for more posts soon about our grade-level sponsors and some of our very special school sponsors!

Most recently, we’ve been honored to have Redfin as our newest class-level sponsor. Redfin reached out to our executive director, Leslie Hale, directly to learn more about how they could help Books for Keeps accomplish our goals – after being referred by an Atlanta-area Redfin agent. Welcome to the BFK family, Redfin!

Other class-level sponsors that renewed or came on board within the last program year:

Willard & Patti Hale
Sharon Jenkins
Lois & Lucy Lampkin Foundation
Kay Cook
JOMA Construction
Diane & Frank Klonowski
Coca-Cola Enterprises
Leon Farmer and Company
John & Katie Goette
Classic City Orthodontics
Sheneka Williams
Georgia Power
The Winthrop Foundation of Athens, GA

By |June 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Meet our newest class-level sponsor!|

Have you met our partner volunteer organizations?!

We are so thankful to all the wonderful organizations that came out to volunteer during 2017 distributions! Did you know that over a dozen individual groups came out to help make our distribution season a special experience for everyone? We are so grateful to be partnered with so many organizations and companies from our community that love to give back that we want to highlight those special partners:

Morgan and Morgan, Attorneys at Law
First Presbyterian Church of Athens
Avid Bookshop
United Way of Greater Atlanta
Athens Housing and Community Development
Sigma Tau Delta of University of North Georgia
House Electric
United Way of Northeast Georgia
Community Partnership of Elbert County
First Book UGA
Family Connection-Communities in Schools of Warren County
Allstate Agents (from Athens and Atlanta)
Northeast Georgia RESA
Classic City Rotary Club
Ethicon (Cornelia, GA location)
Georgia-Pacific Partners (from Warrenton and Warm Springs)


Thank you once more to all of these incredible organizations and community members who helped make this year’s distribution season the most successful yet!

By |June 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Have you met our partner volunteer organizations?!|

7 ways YOU can help keep the good going

Were you or a friend able to make it out to book distributions this year?  We’re so grateful to you for being a part of the story. And there are always opportunities to be involved. We want to share with you seven additional ways you can support and stay involved with Books for Keeps:

Complete our volunteer survey here and tell us about your experience. We want to know what we’re doing well and how we can do better as we work to reach more children together!

Tell 10 people about Books for Keeps and the magic you witnessed with us! Leverage your social media networks by sharing our Facebook page or Twitter and Instagram feeds.

Give, and invite two other people to give. The cost to sponsor a child is just $30 – or $600 to sponsor a classroom. And we can do so much with any amount in between! We have new monthly giving options available through our website so you can stretch your impact across the whole year. Now is a critical time for us, as we close out our fiscal year-end on June 30 and pay all final bills on the books we gave away!

Check for matching donation programs through your employer. Many companies will double your donation.

Rate us on and share your story of joy, excitement, and the magic of reading with fellow volunteers across Athens. (You can also review us on Facebook!)
Host a book drive through your church, civic group, or business. Any books, for children or adults, that we can’t use in our program go to our annual BFK Book Sale.
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By |June 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 7 ways YOU can help keep the good going|