ORLANDO, Fla. - WFTV 9 Family Connection is partnering with Goodwill of Central Florida for their BookWorks program which aims to put new and gently used books in the hands of local children who other wise may not have access to books in their home.
Instilling a love of books and reading is vital to a child’s development and success in school. Yet many kids in our community don’t have a book to call their own. Goodwill Industries of Central Florida’s BookWorks program aims to change that – using generous donations of books from Central Floridians.
Goodwill volunteers read in preschool and primary classrooms throughout Central Florida, and then give each student a personalized book to take home. To date, Goodwill has provided more than 800 books to children through in-classroom reading sessions at 14 participating schools, including Winegard Elementary and Lake George Elementary in Orlando. Lakeville Elementary in Apopka, and others.
Goodwill also provides books to schools and partner agencies, such as Gift for Teaching, Supply Zone, and United Way Summer Reading Program that distribute them to children in need.
How can you help?
Donate a new or gently used children’s books now through March 15. Donations are accepted at any Goodwill store or Donation Xpress Center. For a list of locations, visit www.goodwillcfl.org.
Become a book reader in a Title 1 school.
Volunteer to help process books at Goodwill’s main facility, located at 7531 S. Orange Blossom Trail.