Monthly Archives: February 2020

Meet board member Chandra Mincey!

(part of a monthly series)

How did you first hear or learn about Books for Keeps?

I learned about Books for Keeps when my daughter was in 4th grade and got to participate. Earlier in the year, I met Leslie to learn more about the organization and get some ideas about how to get involved. After speaking with her, I was ready to be a part of it! I thought it was a phenomenal idea that was much needed.

How long have you been volunteering or serving with Books for Keeps?

4 years as a volunteer, [this is my] 1st year as a board member.

Why did you choose to serve on the Books for Keeps’ board?

Anytime we advocate for literacy, we advance the growth of our community exponentially. Reading is the gateway to learning. Learning leads to growth. Being a part of the board gives me the opportunity to do something I am passionate about with some really cool people.

Have you had an inspiring/memorable interaction with a student since working with Books for Keeps?

The first time I volunteered for my first book distribution was at H. B. Stroud Elementary. I intended on splitting my shift with co-workers. However, we were all having so much fun , we all ended up staying for an entire shift! It was such an inspiring experience interacting with the kids and watching their excitement over the books…the kids’ excitement made us excited! They thanked us as if we’d done something really grand! It was a great feeling.

Have you worked with other non-profits in the past? Which ones?

I am an active youth and children’s volunteer with my church, Ebenezer Baptist Church, West. I also volunteer with the Rites of Passage [...]

Books for Keeps is hiring for Spring Distributions 2020!

Books for Keeps is looking to hire up to two additional part-time seasonal staff members to help administer our Stop Summer Slide program this Spring. 2020 marks the first year we’ll be in every Clarke County Elementary School and we’ll need all the help we can get to make this year the best ever for the students in our community, and beyond.

The part-time, spring program coordinator position was created to provide vital support to Books for Keeps staff during spring book distributions. The Books for Keeps spring program coordinators will report to the program manager. This is a temporary position beginning after March 30 and ending by June 5. The Books for Keeps spring program coordinators will be paid $15.00 per hour on a contract basis.

This position relies heavily on the ability to interact positively with students, teachers, and volunteers. It is also dependent on the candidate’s ability to lift boxes – typically between 15 and 35 pounds apiece – repeatedly over a 4-5 hour period. The work is hard, but the rewards of helping students fall in love with reading abound!

The schedule for this position will fluctuate based on the needs of the program. Candidates must have availability between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. at least two days per week from March 30 through June 5. Some days will be shift-based, with hours from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., or from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hours will be scheduled two to six weeks in advance, but may change based on shifting needs and availability of other staff. See below for an approximate schedule.

 

March 25th: 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.: Spring Key Volunteer Training
March 30 – April 10: 5 [...]